Meet our intern: Sandra  lea

Kia ora, my name is Sandra Lea. I am finishing my third year of a counselling degree through Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. As part of my study program, I have taken up an internship with Mind Health (a counselling agency), which has partnered with C3 Church to provide 50 hours of free counselling up to March 2024. I have already completed 150 counselling hours through another agency. I am married, and my husband and I are foster parents. I am of Irish/English descent and reside in Invercargill. We have a variety of pets in our household, and in my free time, I enjoy gardening and going for walks. My faith in Christ has been a cornerstone in my life for numerous years, and I am a member of the C3 church.

What to expect

Counselling sessions will be held for up to 1 hour at C3 Church, 117 Spey Street, Invercargill. At the first session, the counsellor will introduce themselves and discuss confidentiality, record-keeping,
your rights, and the complaint process. An issue might be discussed in this session, and a process and goals might be set. The counsellor may ask for written permission to video record one or more sessions (where a client will not be identified) for assessment purposes. This is voluntary, and a client can change their mind at any stage.

Why Counselling?

Counselling is a supportive relationship where people come together to focus on and explore personal issues. My role is to provide a place to support and help you explore and work through an
issue in a way that works for you. In this space, clients can feel they are listened to and heard in a safe and non-judgmental way. Reasons some people choose to come to counselling include:
Relationship issues, Grief or loss, Conflict, Anxiety, Stress, Anger, Motivation


Anything discussed in a counselling room is confidential between the client(s) and the counsellor. Exceptions to this are where a counsellor may need to discuss their work with their supervisor or
where there are concerns around the safety of a client or someone else. A counsellor may take notes to remind of what has been said and track a client's progress and goals. The notes are securely stored and deleted in compliance with privacy laws. Clients have the right to see these notes at any time.


All counsellors, student and experienced, have regular supervision with another experienced counsellor to monitor their ethical and safe practice. This will mean that work with clients may be discussed, but confidentiality is ensured at all times.

How to access counselling at C3 Invercargill:

The first step is to fill out the form bellow and Ps Shiree Ross from C3 Church will contact you about whether meeting with our intern is the right thing for you and will set up an initial session.

Counselling sessions are available on Monday and Tuesday mornings, through to November.