Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).

Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).

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London
N21

07956 287 668

About me

"When you are in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else." M Atwood, 1996.

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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 currently work as a Specialist Counsellor at The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre, at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I work with various experiences of pain, seeking to find meaning in what can be quite a confusing and chaotic world. Together I will work with you to understand yourself, to make sense of your experiences with others along with looking at what it means to be alive in the world in which we live.

I've had the privilege of working with clients from all walks of life who have come to me with their respective challenges pertaining to loss and bereavement; questioning the meaning of their lives; trust in relationships, struggles in the workplace; self-worth/self-love/self-esteem; anxiety, heavy feelings/thoughts of sadness and depression.

I have a deep vested passion in working with the pain and aftermath of 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 and sense of control; to re-establish your self-worth and make choices you need to make 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. At the first session we will decide how we will work together i.e. number of sessions, frequency i.e. weekly or fortnightly etc.

Questions before we start
Please just ask. No question is irrelevant.

Practical details
I practice from my first floor maisonette in N21. There is a rail station close to me (approx. a 7 minute walk) and plenty of buses nearby that will take you to the closest tube within 5 minutes. If you are driving there is usually space for parking on the road. If you have mobility issues please do talk about it with me when we first speak as I do not have disabled access.

My commitment
I work hard to challenge the myths surrounding violence and the language often used when speaking of a such experiences as language is a powerful thing - it can further embed myths or it can make people see the truth and see it for exactly what it is -- not hide it or worse yet pretend it isn't when it is.

I will be here for you. I will stay. I will listen and support you. And I can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

Educational Experience and Continuing Professional Development:

PTSD Trauma and Beyond: The Essentials
With Dr. Heather Sequira and approved by the British Psychological Society
2017

Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
Organised by Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
2017

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Understanding of Trauma
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
2016 to 2017

MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
Middlesex University
2007 - 2010

Somatic Trauma Therapy
Babette Rothschild
2012

BA (Hons) in Philosophy
Birkbeck University
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.

My current and previous clinical experiences:

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre
2017 to present

Health Assured UK (Employee Assistance Programme)
2015 to present

Mind, Wandsworth and Westminster
2015 to 2016

Detention Action
2013 to 2014

HMP Pentonville
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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
NCS

Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • hope
  • love
  • self esteem
  • endings
  • can't talk
  • hope has guts

Fees

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 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.

Further information

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

London, N21

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Malay

Availability

Weekday evenings with some availability on Saturdays (a higher fee applies for weekends).

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme