Counselling

Thanks to an incredible community-crowdfunding effort we are able to offer free counselling for young people.

Our Soundcheck programme has been put in place to support young people following the traumatic events of 2020 and to help the ongoing gap in mental health provision in East Kent.

We work with professional, qualified counsellors who are not only able to support young people with their general emotional health and well-being but also have skills and expertise to help young people navigate racial trauma, identity, gender and sexuality.

You can refer a young person by completing the form below and returning it to info@piefactorymusic.com:

PFM referral form – Counselling

Our counselling offer 

We provide online and face-to-face counselling with four qualified counsellors – Alex, Michelle, Remi, and Steph; and trainee counsellor Rohan.

  • In-person counselling is with Michelle on Tuesday, or Rohan on Wednesday at Pie HQ, Ramsgate Youth Centre, CT11 0QG
  • Online counselling is with Alex, Remi and Steph – various days and times are available

Rohan is providing sessions as part of his qualification, and as such, can only meet with young people aged over 18 years at this time.


We believe that it may take a long time to recover from the challenges and trauma of 2020. This offer of free counselling for young people in East Kent is one way that we can ensure that no one is left to navigate their recovery alone.

Meet our counsellors

Alex

Hello! I have worked with people of various experiences, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, gender identities/expressions and
sexualities. My approach to therapy is integrative, which involves using a variety of therapeutic tools from different schools of thought and tailoring therapy to meet the unique needs of each client.

The key philosophy behind my way of working is that as human beings, we are always in relationships with others, some of which are harmful, and others that can be healing. With this in mind, the therapeutic relationship is one that is meant for healing and my hope is that I can work with clients to achieve this by creating a safe, non-judgemental space to work through difficulties.

Michelle

Hi, I work as a counsellor, clinical supervisor and counselling lecturer. I have my own counselling private practice where I see individuals from all walks of life, including musicians and young people.

I work with a range of themes such as ADD; anxiety; depression; phobias; trauma/EMDR; loss; addiction; smoking; confidence and assertiveness building. I offer the option of engaging verbally, creatively or both. In working creatively I include music; art therapy; dream work; worksheets; poetry and visualisation etc.

I understand that it can be a lonely journey when going through troubling times. My hope is to join you on your journey and to offer you the tools to cope better with life events. A safe space will be created where you will be listened to and talk freely about situations in your life without feeling judged.

About me: I love the cinema; kickboxing; gigs; dancing and having a good laugh. I occasionally volunteer backstage at the O2, counselling fans who are struggling with anxiety. I facilitate workshops and yearly well-being summer retreats, which are open to the public.

Remi

Hello! I’m a qualified person-centred therapist. What the person-centred part means is how I work with you, the client. I work to affirm your experiences because I believe deeply that my clients are the experts in their own lives. I want to hear from you about the things that affect you, the things that have brought you to a place of considering having therapy.

I believe that you best understand your inner thoughts, and the anxieties you may have, and in our sessions I’m there to listen to you. This style of therapy encourages the building of a therapeutic alliance between you and I. Our relationship is an essential feature of the work; so that you may trust me to hold space for you. I have specialised training and experience in addiction; working with ambiguous loss; racism, intersectionality, and trauma. I have worked extensively with clients from the LGBTQ+ community.

Steph

Hi, I am a counsellor and I’m trained to work with children, young people and adults. I work in schools as well as having my own private practice. I have a therapy dog called Frank that works with me. Frank can be really full of energy and fun but he isn’t really a morning dog, he prefers to sleep under a blanket for most of the morning!

I believe in creating a safe space for people to share their thoughts, feelings and issues with me. I am really passionate about young people accessing high-quality therapy and being able to fully be themselves, and share with me so that we can work through things together. I have experience of working with a very wide range of subjects and enjoy supporting young people through their counselling journey. When I’m not working, I enjoy walking Frank and going to music festivals and spending time at the beach.

Rohan

 

Hello! I offer a non-judgemental space. I’ll listen to you, accept you for who you are, and try to understand what’s going on in your life from your point of view. I don’t offer advice or tell you what to do, instead, I try to support and empower you to find your own ways to cope better with whatever issues you are facing.