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

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

London
N21

07956 287 668

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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 Masters degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling attained in 2010. I recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Trauma at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

My clinical work is currently within the NHS (The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre) and formerly within the prison service, detention centres and various mental health charities including the Terrence Higgins Trust and Women and Girls Network. I am at present pursuing a Clinical Supervision course at Metanoia Institute.

I run a private psychotherapy practice from my home in north London. Within my private practice I have extensive experience working with migrants along with various identity questions that impact on one's sense of belonging, home and who one is as a human being.

In addition to my work as a therapist, I have a background in administration and have worked within Higher Education, Banking and Charity sectors. I have lived and worked throughout Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom.

I work with various experiences of pain, from loss (including self-worth) shame and self-loathing that often arise within the complexities of intimate relationships; seeking ultimately 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, Compassionate Focused and Person Centred. I feel an integrative psychotherapy way of working is an important aspect of the work I do, as simply put, one shoe size does not fit all.

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.

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 and want to help.

Training, qualifications & experience

Educational Experience and Continuing Professional Development:

Clinical Supervision (ongoing)
Metanoia Institute

MA in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
Middlesex University

BA (Hons) in Philosophy
Birkbeck University

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

Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm
Organised by Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors

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

Somatic Trauma Therapy
Babette Rothschild

Clinical Experience:

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (The Havens, a sexual assault referral centre)

Health Assured UK (Employee Assistance Programme)

Professional Help GriefChat (Online Bereavement counselling)

Mind, Wandsworth and Westminster

Detention Action

HMP Pentonville

Homerton University Hospital (sexual health)

Terrence Higgins Trust

West London Centre for Counselling

Women and Girls Network

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 face to face 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.

Further information

Testimonials

"Thank you for being so brilliant at your job and helping me to get through and make sense of a tricky time. You are very inspiring and have helped me to get more/back in touch with myself and what it means to me to be a woman." -- Becky B.

"I wanted to say thank you so much for everything. I can't really put in words how much you helped me at such a difficult time in my life, but I'm not sure I'd be where I am today without your guidance so thank you for helping me see the light again." -- Nikki G.

"Thank you for all your help over the months. Thank you for believing in me. You are an amazing and powerful woman." -- Anon.

"Meeting you has been an invaluable contribution to my life - despite being on the verge of falling down, you've helped me manage to step up higher than I've ever been. I'll keep it this way!" -- J.

Maps & Directions

London, N21

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Malay

Availability

Weekday evenings with some availability on Saturdays.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme