About us

Clinical Psychologists are experts in assessing mental health difficulties, understanding how the challenge or challenges developed, and applying reliable and scientifically supported treatment plans that are tailored to each individual.

None of us is perfect, and neither is life. That means it is completely normal to get stuck in an unhelpful pattern, to feel burdened by emotion, or to not know how to fix some problems. 

At Resilience Psychology, our Auckland Psychologists understand that seeking support to enhance your wellbeing can feel overwhelming. We want to break the stigma which creates a barrier for many people to reach out. Building our mental and emotional resilience should be seen as normal as going to the gym or accessing medical services.

That is why we aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental space that allows you to discuss your difficulties at your own pace, whatever their size. We aim to work alongside you, whether short-term or long-term and equip you with skills for life.

Introducing

Dr Kirsten Wooff

Kirsten has experience with a large range of clients and their challenges. She is adept in managing all levels of psychological challenges, including more complex clinical presentations and circumstances, getting to understand the core issues and presenting straightforward information and strategies to ensure lasting change. Areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, stress, emotional regulation, parenting, perfectionism, lifestyle imbalance, and self-esteem. She works with the client, using their strengths, to help them live a happier, more satisfying life. 

Kirsten is committed to ensuring her clients care is holistic, including their family, school, or medical team when necessary. She is also is an experienced group facilitator and has run groups for adolescents, young adults, and adults.

Kirsten believes strongly in being non-judgemental, offers kindness and is committed to her clients’ well-being, enjoying working alongside them to help them achieve positive change. She utilises a range of therapy approaches including CBT, ACT, positive psychology, schema therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness. She is ACC registered. 

 
Dr Kirsten Woof

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Canterbury

  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (Psychology), University of Canterbury

  • Master of Science (with distinction), University of Canterbury

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (with distinction), University of Canterbury

  • Doctorate in Philosophy (Psychology), University of Canterbury

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the NZ Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

  • ACC Registered

  • EMDR trained

Chelsea Richards

Chelsea is on maternity leave and not taking on new clients. 

Chelsea is a registered Clinical Psychologist specialising in evidence-based assessment and treatment to help clients bring about meaningful change in their lives. Her approach to therapy is collaborative and person-centred, with a compassionate, down-to-earth, and non-judgmental style.

Chelsea completed her training and Wellington and Taranaki and has worked across community settings and the justice system, with adults and young people from various walks of life. She is skilled at supporting clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, interpersonal difficulties, grief and loss, self-esteem, managing difficult emotions, and general life adjustment.

Chelsea is passionate about helping others to make sense of their difficulties, develop practical and effective skills to work through challenges, and reconnect with what matters to them. She is experienced in a range of research-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, to provide an approach that is safe, supportive, and tailored to your strengths and needs.

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Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Auckland

  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (with distinction), Victoria University of Wellington

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (with distinction), Victoria University of Wellington

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the NZ Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

  • New Zealand Special Interest Group in Neuropsychology

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Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Auckland

  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Education), University of Auckland

  • Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours (Psychology), University of Auckland

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Auckland

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the NZ Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

Dr Emma Miller

Emma is currently on maternity leave and not taking on new clients.

 

Emma is a warm, kind, and approachable Clinical Psychologist with experience working with youths, adults, and older adults. She is experienced in providing assessment and therapeutic intervention for individuals across the age groups, who present with a wide range of mental health concerns. This includes depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief, trauma, sleep difficulties, and issues associated with performance anxiety and clinical perfectionism. Specific groups of people Emma has enjoyed working with include New Zealand Defence Force personnel and university students.

Emma uses a range of therapeutic modalities, which include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy for PTSD.

Emma takes a strengths-based, client-centred approach and is skilled at engaging and motivating people to make positive changes in their lives. She offers effective and evidence-based interventions, and uses a collaborative approach to enable her clients to reach their goals. Emma values building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients through an empathetic, calm, and flexible therapeutic style.

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Professional Qualifications

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Massey University

  • Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Psychology, Massey University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, University of Auckland

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist with New Zealand Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP)

Dr Ryan San Diego

Ryan is an experienced practitioner and has worked in various mental health settings from hospital trauma and psychiatric unit to therapeutic communities and universities. He works across the lifespan (age 5 to adult years). His approach is collaborative and integrative. Ryan currently lectures at the Auckland Medical School.

Ryan provides psychological services such as assessment, interventions, and consultation. His area of practice is specific to mental health (depression, anxiety, and stress), developmental (child behaviours, family support, and child-parent relationship), acculturation (migrant stress, discrimination, and isolation), recovery (alcohol and other drugs), gender (sexuality and identity), personal (self-esteem, confidence, and self-compassion), relationships (couples, family and work-related) and career (exploration, planning and goals). 

Ryan is proficient in various modalities such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focused therapy, emotion-focused therapy, schema therapy and other techniques such as child and family therapy, attachment-based therapy, mindfulness, multicultural counselling, and career interventions.

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Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Colegio de San Juan de Letran

  • Master of Science (Clinical Psychology) De La Salle University

  • Postgraduate Diploma (Psychological Practice) Massey University

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Psychology) the University of Auckland

Professional Memberships

  • Registered Psychologist with New Zealand Psychologists Board (General Scope)

  • Member New Zealand Psychological Society

Colette Hamman

Colette is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a wide variety of mental health settings providing individual assessment and treatment. She also enjoys facilitating groups. She is experienced in working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in New Zealand and South Africa. 

She appreciates that each person’s experience is complex and unique. As such, she works in a flexible and integrative manner - using the most helpful techniques for various psychological challenges. Her training includes evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mentalization-based Therapy (MBT).

Colette believes in developing authentic connections with people. This translates into her professional life, where she aims to be a kind and caring clinician who forms genuine working partnerships. Her therapeutic stance is one of curiosity and attentiveness. 

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Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Human Life Sciences with Psychology), Stellenbosch Universit

  • Bachelor of Science Honours (Psychology), Stellenbosch University

  • Master of Science in Psychology (cum laude), Stellenbosch University

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (with distinction), Rhodes University

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with New Zealand Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of New Zealand Psychological Society

  • Member of Health Professions Council of South Africa (Clinical Psychologist in Independent Practice)

Blessing Masuku

Blessing is a registered clinical psychologist and has experience working with people from different countries, cultural backgrounds, age groups and walks of life.

 

She is compassionate and her approach to therapy is warm, empathetic and flexible; using the most effective methods available to address each client’s individual needs.

Blessing is proficient in managing a number of psychological challenges, including depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, lifestyle balance, emotional regulation, trauma, grief and loss. She utilises a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Systems Therapy, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Meditation.

 

She is committed to providing a non-judgemental and safe therapeutic space, where clients are able to identify and unpack their difficulties; and collaborating with them to develop practical skills and explore suitable solutions to live a more positive, balanced and fulfilling life.

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Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Psychology, University of Johannesburg

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Hons) Psychology, University of Johannesburg

  • Master of Arts (MA) Clinical Psychology, University of Johannesburg

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board (Clinical Psychology Scope)

  • Member of New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPS)

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) trained

Dr Anna Walters

Anna is a registered clinical psychologist with experience working in a range of areas including mental health and university settings. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults both individually in therapy as well as facilitating groups.

Anna has a warm, respectful and empathic approach to therapy. She believes in working compassionately and collaboratively with clients to enable them to make meaningful life changes and reach their potential. Her areas of expertise include low mood and depression, anxiety and worry, difficulties with intense emotions, fatigue and stress. 

Anna’s practice is informed by a range of evidence-based therapies which she tailors to each client to help them understand and make sense of their experiences and develop psychological skills. She has undertaken specialised training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

 

She has a strong interest in mindfulness and its effects on psychological health and is committed to her own mindfulness practice to strengthen her understanding.

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Professional Qualifications

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Auckland

  • Bachelor of Health Science with First Class Honours (Psychology), Massey University

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology), Auckland University of Technology

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the NZ Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

Dr Anoosh Franklin

Anoosh is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has a client-centred, collaborative and flexible therapeutic approach. She values bringing warmth, genuineness and compassion to her therapeutic style. Anoosh enjoys helping clients pursue more fulfilling lives through providing a safe environment for them to make sense of their own experiences and patterns.
 
Anoosh has clinical experience working primarily with adults in the public sector. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Anoosh tailors and integrates these therapeutic models when supporting clients with their unique needs and goals. Therapy can be short-term or long-term, and can focus on developing insight and understanding as well as practical skills. 
 
Anoosh has experience working with a wide range of presentations including anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, relationship problems, stress and adjustment, trauma and attachment, self-esteem, cultural and identity issues. Anoosh is particularly passionate about working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and has extensive clinical and research experience in this area. Currently, Anoosh is pursuing further training in EMDR and the treatment of depression and anxiety in clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  

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Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology), University of Auckland

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours with First Class Honours (Psychology), University of Auckland

  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Auckland

Professional Memberships

  • Registered with the NZ Psychologists Board (Clinical Scope)

  • Member of the New Zealand College Psychological Society