Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); 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.
Any serious philosophical enquiry changes how one lives, but truth isn't always therapeutic.
How therapy can help
It isn’t easy to decide on therapy. 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. Psychotherapy, in my eyes, is a journey in which there is a seeking-after of personal, emotional truths and knowledge; a process that is in direct contrast to this turning away, or staying in the dark. It may well be too threatening and painful for clients who have survived abuse particularly where a perversion of potency and power played a part and was used against you. Therapy steps in to help you to know yourself, your inner and psychic truths and both your vulnerability and your destructiveness.
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.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Trauma
I am committed to working with people who experience DID as a result of a traumatic event in their lives, often from physical abuse experienced in childhood, but not always. When working at the Women and Girls' Network I was introduced to clients who experienced constant DID episodes in their lives and how my job, was first and foremost to listen; then to hold and contain whoever 'showed up' i.e. I could be talking to a 40 year old woman who then dissociates and I am speaking to a 3 year old instead. So what do I do? I offer a safe space suspended from all judgement for my clients so that they feel that they can be honest with me. I was told by one particular client that clients know intuitively which therapist they can trust with their DID experiences and will only open up to those who do understand. I found this to be true. I am neither influenced nor scared by a diagnosis. Instead I see all my clients as human beings beings who have experienced suffering and who need to heal that suffering. A wise person once said: "You need to see our trauma as something that happened to us, not as something that defines who we are. And you need to believe that there is recovery from trauma, because there really really is: recovery can be our best revenge. ‘Recovery is my best revenge'".
How do I work with trauma, the lived-experience of traumatic sensations in the body and living with dissociation?
Well I begin 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. And although things may never be the same again, your life need not be controlled nor crippled by trauma. You can do more than survive this, you can actually thrive!
"The cook, the smoke alarm, the watchtower, the timekeeper, the context stamp and the internal CCTV … these are all aspects of your brain that become engaged when trauma occurs. The question is which parts of the brain do these metaphors represent, and what effect does trauma have on them? What is the front brain and the back brain? What is the Trauma Traffic Light and the Window of Tolerance? When you’re in the amber state of fight or flight or the red state of freeze, how do you reengage the front brain to return to the green zone of social engagement?"(PODS - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors ... making recovery from dissociative disorders a reality)
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.
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 currently work as an Affiliate Counsellor with the Health Assured UK and as an Honorary (volunteer) Psychotherapist with clients at the Women in Prison. I am also a registered therapist with PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors).
My clinical experiences are as follows:
Women in Prison
Women in Prison was born out of the anger the founder – Chris Tchaikovsky – felt about what she saw when imprisoned in HMP Holloway (now closed). The organisation supports women to avoid, survive and exit the criminal justice system and campaign for the radical changes needed to deliver justice for women. The organisation delivers a range of support and advice in all twelve of the women's prisons in England and also meet with a woman at the gate on the day of her release and continue that engagement in the community. My role is to offer that support via therapy.
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
- 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 may charge you the full session and if I need to cancel (due to an emergency) I will offer you a free session.
In addition to face to face counselling I also offer therapy via Skype or the telephone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday evenings with some availability on Saturdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|