Amrit Sagoo MBACP (accred.); MNCS (accred.) Psychotherapy and Counselling in North London

"It was bittersweet to say goodbye to you – I will miss our time together so much, but I feel content knowing that I have been able to untangle and explore so much that I no longer need to be in therapy. As you know, I have spoken to other therapists in the past, but never felt comfortable enough to open up to them. From the start of our sessions, I found you so warm, personable, and non-judgmental – very different from a lot of cold and clinical experiences that I’ve had in the past with mental health professionals. Feeling that I could be myself with you was my first big step in realizing that I can simply be myself with others; without having to constantly feel like I somehow need to prove my worth. We unpacked and examined so much more than I thought we would, and I have grown so much in the past few months by getting to know myself better through our sessions together. It has also been very healing for me to just have you bear witness – I had not realized how powerful it can be to just unburden myself from trauma by talking to you about it. Sometimes I felt as though I just left years of hurt and disappointment and anger behind when I left our sessions. I feel empowered to move on living MY LIFE for MYSELF. I have been able to let go of so much anger towards others that was only weighing me down. While I don’t condone things that have caused me trauma, therapy has helped me to gain perspective on why the people who caused me harm may have acted that way.

This poem by Mary Oliver will always make me think of you:

“Wild Geese”

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Thank you for everything – you were exactly what I needed at a time where I was desperate to be heard." Steph, January 2020

"Amrit was fantastic to work with and really helped me heal and grow as a person. They held a safe compassionate space, giving room in the conversation for me to talk and to be - but also engaged in dialogue, sharing insights, different perspectives and things to read & watch which I loved! I'd thoroughly recommend Amrit to anyone who is seeking something for themselves, you'll be in safe hands on this part of your journey." Ben. November 2019.

"The initial session was my first interaction with Amrit, and also my first interaction with a psychotherapist. I gathered the courage to confront my relationship crisis and I made the step that I believed was the best for me at the time, I opted for a remote session through The School of Life. In our first session, even though I started very nervous, I began to trust her early and found her very warm and kind. She accepted me for ongoing psychotherapy with her and convinced me to have trust in the process.

In the first weeks it was very unclear to me whether I make progress in my life or not, but I did expect the benefits to come in time. I soon realized that she is striving to make the best of our session time, asking key questions and making interventions with great finesse. She impressed me several times by asking precise questions that made me view the situation from whole new perspectives. Most of all I enjoyed that we made a connection and that she became to me an adult to whom I can confess intimate aspects of my life and have a mature second opinion, enhanced by her great experience as a psychotherapist. Her encouragement and reassuring gave me courage to work with myself in a more brave and systematic way. In our second month I started seeing real positive changes in my day-to-day life.

I also appreciate that Amrit has shown flexibility in the schedule and that at some point I was able to continue the ongoing therapy thanks to her accommodating her schedule to my needs. Prolonging the ongoing therapy continued my self-development and I got comfortable in extending the therapy areas, including my career and my family. The latest part of our sessions have been a real changer in my general way of approaching life's hardships and day-to-day struggles.

I thank Amrit for having the patience to analyze my life so thoroughly and pragmatically, for helping me make a big life decision in a mature way, and for offering me the guidance to the good inner state I have today!" Andrei M. November 2019

"I saw Amrit in October 2016 after suffering a number of panic attacks and general anxiety over past and present family and personal relationships. Amrit was Incredibly kind, patient, thoughtful and provided the most easy, warm open space for me to just talk, release and heal. I was almost instantly at ease with sharing parts of my life I hadn’t discussed for years if ever with anyone, it was what I needed to move on. Amrit realistically provided me with an approximation of how many sessions I would likely require and offered me follow up sessions during periods that were heightened. Amrit also was available over the phone or email if and when required. As time has gone by and my strength has improved as well as coping mechanisms that Amrit put in place for me I often reflect on my time with Amrit and credit her whole heartedly with assisting me in finding my peace. I know if I go off course, that’s ok, and if ever needed, I can return and confidently speak with her again. Thank you again Amrit for your help x" Anon.

"Thank u very much. U don't know how much of an impact you have had on my journey.. which has only just begun. Wishing you all the best also. X" Michelle M.

"A BIG thank you for all your help. You've saved two lives!" - - Magda L.

"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.

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