Introducing Zainab

I have worked in the competitive, fast changing and often turbulent world of Business and Finance for many years. It was during this time that I experienced and observed the difficulties of trying to maintain a sensible balance between work, self, family and relationships. This experience is carried through into my practice, where I frequently work with professional clients from many cultural backgrounds to find a way to balance these competing demands on the mind and body.

Having retrained and worked as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I have gained extensive experience working with couples using Imago Relationship Therapy to resolve conflict and communicate effectively. I have also worked with Individuals and young adults in formal education using Transactional Analysis Approach and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in private practice.

My journey has not always been easy and many of the challenges which my clients bring to my Consulting Room resonate strongly with difficult situations which I have faced in my own life. I enjoy meeting people and have established Innsaei Counselling and Psychotherapy with the aim of help people in the Greater Manchester area with their challenges and watch them grow emotionally as they work through their issues.


B.Com (Hons)


Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Counseling and Psychotherapy - Transactional Analysis


Imago Relationship Therapy



Innsaei is an Icelandic word. When I set up my practice I chose Innsaei for its three, distinct meanings, each of which represents an element of what I try to achieve with my clients.

Innsaei’s first meaning is “the inner sea”. I feel this depicts quite beautifully the chopping, ebb and flow of our inner feelings and visions, and the way their calm, or lack of, affects our journey.

Innsaei also means “to see within”. (As it has this homophone sea/see meaning, I can think only that the translation from the Icelandic must be phonetic.) In this context, however, it describes the business of knowing oneself, and of developing good self-understanding.

Lastly, the word can refer to the ability to see things “from the inside outwards”. I like to think of this as pointing us towards the importance of developing a strong inner sense of self, and a ‘direction’, with which we can then confidently make our way ‘outwards’ into the world of our everyday life.

Imago Relationship Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy encourages couples to work out their misunderstandings, resolve conflict and rediscover ways to bond, repair and connect. I use Imago techniques when working with couples whose relationships are suffering from conflict, ineffective communication, an affair, the tensions of blended families, empty nest syndrome, addictions, matters of sexuality, negative relationship patterns and other similar issues.

The therapy focuses on removing the blame, shame and criticism which are very often at the heart of negative relationship patterns. It helps you to transform your relationship into one in which you both exhibit greater understanding and, as a couple, enjoy a deeper connection.

Imago Relationship Therapy helps both partners understand their relationship triggers and reactive behaviours (which may stem from needs that are not initially being met within the relationship). It helps each partner learn to respond to the other in a healthier way that benefits the relationship, as well as both parties as individual.

Transactional Analysis

As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I am primarily a practitioner of the approach known as Transactional Analysis.

Transactional Analysis is a theory of personality and system for personal growth and change. It was developed by a Canadian psychiatrist, Eric Berne, during the 1950s and 1960s. The approach encourages on open and equal dialogue between client and therapist, and looks at a client’s situation by understanding the social interactions, or relationships, of the people involved.

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