Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).
07956 287 668
“The traumatized person is often relieved simply to learn the true name of her condition. She discovers that she is not alone; others have suffered in similar ways. She discovers further that she is not crazy. And she discovers, finally, that she is not doomed to suffer this condition indefinitely; she can expect to recover, as others have recovered.” Judith Lewis Herman
Hi, I'm Amrit. I am a qualified and accredited Specialist Counsellor with a MA degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling attained in 2010. I've 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 NHS Trust.
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. I have a specialist interest and knowledge in working with Trauma and its aftermath namely post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociation resulting from violence/abuse.
I sit and really listen to my clients. I offer them a safe and trusting space and help them via a healing therapeutic alliance to seek clarity over their current challenges; to reclaim the power and control back for themselves; re-establish their self-worth and help her clients take the next steps feeling empowered and able to live their lives better.
When I have a free moment or two I enjoy long walks, slowing down and "just be-ing", films, books and meaningful conversations with loved ones. I understand the importance of self-care, of really nurturing ourselves in the best way we can and know how.
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 (professional studies) in Existential Psychotherapy
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
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
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 £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|