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David Sander

David Sander


Compass Counselling
Kia Ora Koutou! My name is David and I am very passionate about helping others set goals so that they walk towards the goals that they want to live. I believe that the key ingredients to growth are acceptance, focusing on one's strengths, and living a life congruent with one's values. Ngā mihi nui.
David Sander counsellor auckland

Contact Details

M. 021 0226 6798
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Practice Locations

Mt Eden, Auckland
Remuera, Auckland

Transport and Parking

Ample parking.


Tuesday mornings to early evening.


On a sliding scale from $80-$120 per hour.

Payment Options

Cash or Internet Banking

Client Types

Adolescents, adults.


Areas of Special Interest

Anxiety, Depression, Existential Issues, LGBTIQ Issues.


Counselling/Therapy Services

My Mission as a Counsellor: through the creation of an accepting and affirming environment, one which focuses on the strengths of the individual and calls upon my knowledge and skills, I want to facilitate the development and growth of all the clients I see, whatever issues they are facing."

My foundations are client centered and strengths based. This means that I engage with clients to help them find the inner resources that they need to help with their current situation.

To help clients discover these inner resources and to walk towards where they want to be I find that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a method that looks at where clients want to go and what they want to stand for in terms of, values, drive and action. In terms of what can stand in the way of clients achieving these goals these barriers may be unworkable behaviours that can be driven by unhelpful thoughts or feelings. Rather than directly challenging these behaviours, mindfulness is incorporated into sessions to enable clients to be open to the possibility that they make new choices for the life that they want.


Counselling/Therapy Approach

  • Client Centered & Strengths Based Therapy 
  • Existential Therapy 
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 
  • Act and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 
  • Narrative Therapy


Registrations and Professional Memberships

  • Provisional Member of the NZ Association of Counsellors (ProvMNZAC)


  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology)

Background and Experience

Over the past three years I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, and adults, who presented with a variety of issues, ranging from minor issues, such as procrastination, and addiction, through to those who are struggling to manage their mental health.

I have found that I work best with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or are just trying to make sense of their place in the world and making that next step towards growth in their life.

I have completed a Masters of Counselling and am awaiting it to be awarded this year. My Masters research looked at the importance of spirituality for gay men, and in particular how both of these identities develop. I think that healthy identity, among other foundations are key to a healthy and enjoyable life.