Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), BA (Hons); MBACP (registered).
07956 287 668
I offer a free initial introductory assessment session so that we have the opportunity to discuss and decide our potential work together. At the moment I am offering all new clients a block of three sessions each lasting for 50 minutes for a total of £100.00.
Any serious philosophical enquiry changes how one lives, but truth isn't always therapeutic.
How counselling can help
It isn’t easy to decide on counselling. Sometimes you think if you just continue and plod things will somehow get better on their own. Sometimes they do. But sometimes they don’t or in fact they may worsen. There are issues around vulnerability. I get that. It’s tough.
How to choose your counsellor
No one is an expert on how to live. I suggest that when searching for someone to work with that you use your intuition to find someone you feel you will be able to relate to. Listen to what your body tells you when you first speak and when you first meet. Find someone you relate to and feel comfortable with. Although things like experience, education, and credentials may be important, this is a human relationship, a dialogue of depth, before it is anything else and as in any relationship, client and therapist need to ask themselves, ‘can I connect with this person’?
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. Therapy offers you insight and a way forward with a new sense of meaning in life. I believe that it is the relationship between client and therapist which is the key to growth and healing.
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 psychotherapist (a Masters degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling) and an MBACP registered Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My educational experiences are as follows:
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Understanding of Trauma
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
September 2016 onwards
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. I now work as an Affiliate Counsellor with the Health Assured UK and from my own private practice, something to tell.
something to tell (Private Therapy practice)
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.
Health Assured UK (Employee Assistance Programme)
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
I work specifically with psychological trauma often as a result of a distressing event that leads the sufferer to question their beliefs while destroying their assumptions of trust.
What is trauma? The word derives from the Greek word meaning "to wound".
A traumatic experience has the effect of piercing through our outer shell, leaving us vulnerable to psychic pain and suffering. The psychological impact of trauma was only first exposed as a result of shell-shocked soldiers returning home from the battlefields of the First World War when they suffered from terrible nightmares, flashbacks and other symptoms. If you have experienced a traumatic event, you may feel socially disconnected and somewhat numb, leading to feelings of isolation. On top of this, you may find yourself feeling more afraid and vulnerable than before the event.
Trauma also affects people in different ways and for some, the symptoms take weeks, months or even years to surface.
The most common term used to describe the symptoms of psychological trauma is post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, which can cause symptoms such as flashbacks and insomnia. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will go on to develop PTSD but many do.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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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 £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 may charge you the full session and if I need to cancel (due to an emergency) I will offer you a free session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday evenings with some availability on Saturdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|