Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).
07956 287 668
‘Recovery can take place only within then context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation. In her renewed connection with other people, the survivor re-creates the psychological facilities that were damaged or deformed by the traumatic experience. These faculties include the basic operations of trust, autonomy, initiative, competence, identity, and intimacy.
Just as these capabilities are formed in relationships with other people, they must be reformed in such relationships..
The first principle of recovery is empowerment of the survivor. She must be the author and arbiter of her own recovery. Others may offer advice, support, assistance, affection, and care, but not cure. Many benevolent and well-intentioned attempts to assist the survivor founder because this basic principle of empowerment is not observed.
No intervention that takes power away from the survivor can possibly foster her recovery, no matter how much it appears to be in her immediate best interest.” ..’ Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
Hi, I'm Amrit. I am a qualified and accredited Specialist Counsellor/Psychotherapist with a MA degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling attained in 2010. I recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Trauma at the Tavistock and Portman NHS and am studying towards a Doctorate in Psychotherapy studies.
I have worked within the prison service and detention centres, the homeless, refugees and the health service. I now work as a Specialist Counsellor at The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre, at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. I have a deep vested passion in working with survivors of trauma, sexual violence in particular, and the lived experiences that follow.
What to expect in your first session
I have a safe space for my clients where I sit and really listen to what you need to say (and sometimes to what isn't). My aim is to help you, via a healing therapeutic alliance, to seek clarity; to reclaim your power; to re-establish your self-worth and take the steps you need to take so that you feel more alive.
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.
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.
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 Specialist Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
Educational Experience and Continuing Professional Development
Doctorate (professional studies) in Existential Psychotherapy
PTSD Trauma and Beyond: The Essentials
With Dr. Heather Sequira and approved by the British Psychological Society
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
Organised by Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Understanding of Trauma
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
2016 to 2017
MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
2007 - 2010
Somatic Trauma Therapy
BA (Hons) in Philosophy
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.
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
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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
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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 £60 for a 50-minute session for individual therapy.
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.
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday evenings with some availability on Saturdays (a higher fee applies for weekends).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|