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 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 likes working with young people, adults and health professionals. His approach is collaborative and integrative. Ryan currently lectures at the Auckland Medical School.

 

Ryan provides psychological services specific to mental health (depression, anxiety and stress), acculturation (migrant stress, discrimination and isolation), recovery (alcohol and other drugs), health-related (pain, eating and lifestyle), 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 mindfulness, multicultural counselling and career interventions. Professional supervision or mentoring service is also available to counsellors and intern psychologists.

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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