Anja is a Registered Senior Psychologist who has worked with a diverse range of clients across a number of clinical and holistic settings. Her areas of expertise include relationships, anxiety, stress management and self-compassion.
Anja works with an approach that allows her clients to look within and build a relationship with themselves so they can successfully communicate what they want in external relationships, in their careers and other areas of their lives.
At the risk of completely exposing her reality TV-watching habits, she sums it up in the words of the great and wise RuPaul: “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”
Anja’s strong suit lies in her capacity for empathy and her passion for helping clients build resilience through difficult emotions. She does this by combining her knowledge of Mindfulness techniques with tools from evidence-based treatments such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Graduate Diploma (Psychology)
Areas of ExpertiseRelationships
SELF-COMPASSION TIP FROM ANJA
Self compassion is never about self indulgence or self pity, it’s about doing what’s most effective for you. Doing this becomes much more difficult when your self-critic is especially loud.
Instead of buying into your self-critic, ask yourself: “What would I say to a friend?”. Think about how you show up for someone you truly love when they are in pain. Imagine what difference it could make if you show up for yourself with the same words or actions that you would use to comfort a friend. This could come in the form of some reassuring words or simply asking the question: “What can I do to help?”
WHEN NOT IN THE THERAPY ROOM…
you’ll either Anja fuelling her love for food and music. On weekends, you can find her baking, trying new recipes, eating out or at a concert. She also loves being out in nature where she can happily sit and stare at the ocean or literally smell all the flowers along the way on hikes. She’s also in her element when she does puzzles.