Getting Started

It’s important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. This will give you an opportunity not just to meet me, but also to visit the space in which we’d meet for our sessions.

If you don’t feel comfortable with me, or don’t think the kind of approach I offer is quite for you, you are completely free to say so at the end and I will completely understand. If I am able to suggest another therapist who might be better suited to your requirements, I will offer to do so.

At the end of the session, if you decide you would like to progress, I will suggest that we arrange a short course of four consultations. This will give us the time to explore and begin to understand your situation, to develop a mutual understanding.

At the end of those four sessions we would then normally decide together whether it might be of value to you to carry on into a longer ‘therapeutic contract’. This is simply the name for an ongoing relationship between us, in which we work further on key issues of your personal development.

What happens at the initial consultation

The initial consultation takes place in my consulting room. This is comfortable and warm. I will sit opposite you so we can see each other properly while we talk. The room is quiet and no-one other than you and I can hear what we discuss.

There is a bathroom available, and I will offer you water, tea and coffee. This session is simply so that we can get to know each other. It gives you the opportunity to decide whether you feel comfortable with me, and gives me the chance to learn a little about your situation. You should feel free to ask absolutely anything you like about the way your therapy course would proceed.

I will explain a few simple ground rules regarding confidentiality, safeguarding (if you are a young or vulnerable individual, or if such a person would be participating in the therapy), and respect for each other between couples.

At the end of the initial consultation, you may:

  • choose to book a short course of four consultations;
  • decide that I am not quite right for you and that you do not wish to take things further;
  • go away to consider and call me within a day or two to tell me what you would like to do.

Contact Zainab at Innsaei Counselling and Psychotherapy today