Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).

Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).

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London
N21

07956 287 668

About me

“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.” Bessel van der Kolk

Hi, I'm Amrit.

I'm a psychotherapist/counsellor. I offer counselling sessions on a 1:1 basis, both short and long term, depending on the client’s needs. My ethos is to help clients help themselves; to build a healing therapeutic alliance; to seek clarity over their current challenges; to explore the meanings ascribed to their lived-experience and to understand/accept that there are no quick-fixes. Change, if desired, comes at a much later stage and only after much processing and understanding has taken place. The space I offer my clients is one that they can trust and feel safe within.

I work with various existential challenges and pain be it relationships, sorrow, abuse, violation, self-harm and addictions to wanting to make sense of life and what it means to be alive.

Specialised Interest: Trauma and a Sense of Self/Relationships
I work primarily with Trauma and its aftermath namely post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociation resulting from violence/abuse. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder, caused by very stressful, frightening, or distressing events.

Trauma: how do I work?
I work by breaking down complex neuroscience jargon and making it accessible in a simple way with my clients as trauma affects people in different ways and for some, the symptoms take weeks, months or even years to surface. In therapy I work with my client to make sense of what they have been through and where they are right now. I look to process their fragmented traumatic memories so that these traumatic memories get process and are then 'filed away' in the back brain. When this happen, flashbacks stop; hyperventilating ceases. You begin to feel more in control of your life.

Sense of Self/Relationships
I am committed to working with clients who experience challenges when it comes to who they are as i.e. sense of Self and your relationships. I work with you to understand your current life as it stands and to re-establish and re-build your sense of worth/esteem. Often and most certainly after trauma your sense of who you once were, the life you once lived no longer makes sense. On a conscious level, you may be aware of your inability to manage life as it’s become all fragmented and the pieces are difficult to put together again. Trauma affects everything we once believed in and could trust. You may find that you don't recognise your own face in the reflection of a window. So I sit with you and together we look at the broken pieces and begin to understand their meaning. I will help you to reintegrate all this many confusing aspects so that you can move forwards in life with trust and live well.

~~ No intervention that takes power away from the survivor can possibly foster her recovery, no matter how much it appears to be in her own best interests. Judith Herman, Trauma & Recovery ~~

What to expect in your first session
We meet for our first session in the space I will have for you. I will ask you a few questions if I feel I need to, to help open the session as such. In these session, you would take the lead to explore issues of concern. And I will listen completely with the intention of meeting you in your world and your lived-experience. From my point of view as therapist, I am not trying to “reflect feelings.” I am trying to determine whether my understanding of my client’s inner world is correct — whether I am seeing it as he or she is experiencing it at this moment. You don’t need to have a list or an agenda for the first session or for any sessions with me for that matter. Having worked with many clients I have complete faith that all that needs to be talked about and looked at, will come to the surface naturally and ask for the attention it deserves. So don’t worry about expectations for your first session. Just turn up. And we will take it from there.

Questions before we start
Please just ask. No question is irrelevant.

Practical details
I practice from my first floor maisonette in Winchmore Hill. The closest rail station is Winchmore Hill, approx 7 minute walk (average speed), nearest tube is Southgate (Piccadilly line) – from the tube station you can catch the W9 bus which will bring you directly in front of my flat. There are many buses that come close to where I am. I am located on Hoppers Road itself and there’s usually space for parking on the road. If you have mobility issues please do talk about it with me when we first speak.

My commitment
I will be here for you. I will stay. I will listen. I stick around. I am not easily scared. And I will want to help.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced, accredited and a registered psychotherapist.

Educational Experience

Doctorate (professional studies) in Existential Psychotherapy
Middlesex University
2016 ongoing

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Understanding of Trauma
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
2016 to 2017

MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
Middlesex University
2007 - 2010

Somatic Trauma Therapy
Babette Rothschild
2012

BA (Hons) in Philosophy
Birkbeck University
2003 to 2007

My experience as a therapist has included clinical work within the prison service, detention centres, refugees, women and girls (gender based violence) and hospitals.

Clinical Experience

Specialist Counsellor, King's College Hospital NHS

The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre
2017 to present

Affiliate Counsellor, Health Assured UK (Employee Assistance Programme)
2015 to present

Registered Therapist, Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
November 2016 to present

Honorary Counsellor, Mind, Wandsworth and Westminster
2015 to 2016

Volunteer, Detention Action
2013 to 2014

Honorary Counsellor, HMP Pentonville
2011 to 2013

Honorary Counsellor, Homerton University Hospital (sexual health)
2011 to 2012

Honorary Counsellor, Terrence Higgins Trust
2010 to 2011

Honorary Counsellor, West London Centre for Counselling
2008 to 2010

Helpline Worker, Women and Girls' Network
2007 to 2009

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
NCS

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • hope
  • love
  • self esteem
  • endings

Fees

I offer a free initial assessment lasting approximately 10 minutes where we can find out if we would like to work with each other.

My fees are £50 for a 50-minute session for 1:1 therapy; £75 for two.

I offer some spaces at a lower cost.

I have a 24 hour cancellation policy; which works both ways i.e. if you cancel in less than 24 hours I will charge you the full session and if I need to cancel (due to an emergency) I will offer you a replacement session.

Where possible, please do not cancel less than 24 hours -- it’s simply not good for your karma (or for my work).

Further information

In addition to face to face counselling I also offer online therapy via email, online chat via a confidential Chatroom, Skype or the telephone.

Simply explained, online counselling is any form of counselling that is conducted over the internet. This could be via an exchange of a series of emails, or it could be over an instant chat messenger which allows me to talk to you in real time. Instant feedback can be very reassuring as you obtain immediate responses to your questions.

Email counselling is a form of online counselling and involves the you the client typing out your problems and concerns in an email, and the me the counsellor taking the time to read the email before replying. Writing down whatever it is that may be troubling you can be very therapeutic.

Skype works using the skype app or software that you will have downloaded either on your phone or your computer. We both log on at an agreed set time and begin our sessions.

Maps & Directions

London, N21

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Malay

Availability

Weekday evenings with some availability on Saturdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
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