Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).
07956 287 668
~~"Give sorrow words; the grief you keep inside you will whisper in your heart until it breaks." (Shakespeare, Macbeth)~~
Hi, I'm Amrit.
I'm a psychotherapist/counsellor.
I work in an integrative way which means that I draw on several forms of therapy to work effectively with my clients. As an existentially-orientated relational therapist, I believe that a person’s early life experience may influence who we become and there is a tendency to repeat ways of relating to others. To a large extent, 'we are our choices'. When we grow into adults we find ways of coping which offer some security because they are familiar but they keep us stuck. And this is when therapy becomes important. Therapy can and does help. I would not be doing this work if I did not believe in this. It is a space that will offer you insight to how you are living your life with the choices you are making and a way forward with a new sense of meaning, purpose and substance.
Specialised Interest: Trauma and a Sense of Self/Relationships
I work with Trauma, PTSD and Dissociation as a result of a traumatic event in their lives, often from physical abuse experienced in childhood, but not always.
Trauma: how do I work?
~~ Recovery unfolds in three stages. The central task of the first stage is the establishment of safety. The central task of the second stage is remembrance and mourning. The central focus of the third stage is reconnection with ordinary life. ~~ Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery
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.
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 psychotherapist.
Doctorate in Professional Studies in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
2015 - ongoing
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, the homeless, detainees, refugees, hospitals and various mental health Charities.
Health Assured UK (Employee Assistance Programme)
2015 to present
something to tell (Private Therapy practice)
2015 to present
I work with clients who self-refer in either short or long-term therapy sessions. Most of my clients come to see me because of their distress, trauma and seek to understand the underlying meanings to their lived-experience. I work with trauma in a safe and slow way wanting to understand first before we fix.
Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS Registered Therapist)
November 2016 to present
Mind, Wandsworth and Westminster
2015 to 2016
2013 to 2014
2011 to 2013
Homerton University Hospital (sexual health)
2011 to 2012
Terrence Higgins Trust
2010 to 2011
West London Centre for Counselling
2008 to 2010
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
Photos & videos
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).
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.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|