Amrit Sagoo; MA (Psychotherapy), MNCS (accredited); MBACP (registered).
07956 287 668
"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.
Hi, I'm Amrit. I am a qualified and accredited Specialist Counsellor/Psychotherapist with a Master's 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 also run a private psychotherapy practice from my home in north London.
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 see and acknowledge each of my clients as an individual human being with their own unique lived experiences and therefore my therapeutic approach is more integrative so that I am able to meet my client, where they are, in their world.
I draw from a number of diverse integrative psychotherapy approaches and styles including my own core training in Existential Therapy, Psychoanalytic, Compassionate Focused and Person Centred. I feel an integrative psychotherapy way of working is an important aspect of the work that I do, as one shoe size does not fit all.
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, complex grief following a bereavement; trauma that continues to haunt; 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 trauma and aftermath of violence in particular, giving voice to the lived experiences that follow.
Susan J. Brison in her powerful book Aftermath (Violence and the Remaking of a Self) describes this process succinctly...
"the tension between living to tell and telling to live, that is, between getting (and keeping) the story right in order to bear witness and being able to rewrite the story in ways that enable the survivor to go on with her (or his) life."
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.
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.
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
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
Organised by Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic Understanding of Trauma
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
Somatic Trauma Therapy
BA (Hons) in Philosophy
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
Health Assured UK (Employee Assistance Programme)
Mind, Wandsworth and Westminster
Homerton University Hospital (sexual health)
Terrence Higgins Trust
West London Centre for Counselling
Women and Girls' Network
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Hearing voices
- 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 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.
I see clients weekday evenings and when needed, on Saturdays too.
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|