Richmond Psychology work as associate practitioners within the Holistic Medical Centre. Where appropriate the psychologists, Holistic Medical Centre Naturopaths and GPs refer to each other. When we have a shared patient and your consent we work in collaboration to optimise your well being.
The team consists of Anna, Katarina and Grace. Grace is currently on maternity leave.
Dr. Anna Friis PhD, Health Psychologist
Anna is new to the Richmond Psychology team, she is also covering Grace’s maternity leave.
Anna is a New Zealand-registered health psychologist with a particular focus on compassion-oriented therapies. She has a Ph.D from the University of Auckland, during which she created new scientific knowledge of the mental and physical health effects of self-compassion among diabetes patients, with her work published in several leading endocrinology journals. She also holds a Master’s degree in Science (1st Class Honours) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology. She is a Certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).
She can be contacted via her website www.annafriis.com
Katarina Nilsen, Counselling Psychologist
Katarina has significant experience across a range of settings. She provides a supportive and compassionate environment where people can feel comfortable enough to get the help they need. She places great emphasis on working holistically, and in partnership, keeping the individuals context and background in mind.
Katarina has a special interest in working with anxiety, and especially anxiety related to performance, social situations, relationships, and trauma. She is also passionate about working with physical health concerns and interested in the impact in which it sometimes has on our wellbeing, identity and quality of life. She also works with a variety of other concerns, such as stress, depression, grief, relationships, bullying, abuse, life transitions, and adjustment
Katarina is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and in Narrative Therapy, and enjoys using mindfulness and relaxation actively in the sessions.
Outside work she enjoys the outdoors and the grounding nature of activities such as surfing, biking, hiking, cooking and being in nature.
Grace dos Santos – currently on maternity leave
Grace is a Counselling Psychologist who has experience with a variety of psychological concerns. Her main therapeutic techniques are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Narrative Therapy with strong emphasis on self-care and self-compassion.
Her practice is derived from a holistic approach, which aims to empower individuals by giving them the tools and understanding of personal circumstances to create a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.
She has a special interest in working with anxiety, stress and burnout, self-esteem, relationship difficulties and chronic health related issues.
Grace is committed to provide a non-judgemental environment for her clients so they feel valued and supported.
Originally from Brazil, Grace has been living in New Zealand for 15 years. She is also interested in yoga, meditation, food, teas and essential oils.