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Counselling and Supervision in Market Harborough

Hello, I am Christine Baird and welcome to the website of Allay Counselling.

Why am I called Allay Counselling ? By definition the word 'allay' refers to the act of 'relieving', to 'calm or pacify', to 'reduce'. 'allay the fears' or even 'allay the pain'. For me this describes an important part of what is strived towards during the counselling experience.

It is highly probable that you have found this site because you are experiencing, or have recently experienced some form of distress or difficulty and you are looking for support.

I believe it is important to build a good relationship where you feel that you can trust me. I offer counselling in a safe, secure and confidential environment. It is important to understand that I cannot wave a 'magic wand' to make your difficulties go away. What I can do is to sit alongside you and support you in making movement towards a positive change for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need counselling? 

Only you can decide whether you wish to attend counselling. You may want to seek counselling for a variety of reasons: to change old patterns of behaviour, find clarity on an issue, resolve relationship difficulties, to cope with a crisis.  You may have been advised to seek counselling by your doctor or even a family member or friend.

What happens in a counselling session?

There is no template for a counselling session.  It is a time set aside for you and what is discussed will vary according to your needs, you are free to talk about what you want to.  You may talk about your feelings, your thoughts, dilemmas, your goals, everyday events.

How regularly will I see my counsellor?

Regularity is important for productive therapeutic work.  The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress.  It may be appropriate that as you approach the end of your counselling you may be offered fortnightly sessions.

How long does each counselling session last?

Each session will last one hour.

Why do I have to pay for missed/cancelled therapy sessions?

If you proceed with therapy after the first consultation I will reserve the same time slot for you each week.  This ensures that your sessions are guaranteed.

How do I pay for my sessions?

Payment is in advance by cash or cheque so I would ask for two sessions to be paid for at our initial session.

How long should I expect to continue with counselling?

The number of sessions will depend on you and your presenting issues.  Usually you will start with six sessions and review after that.  Cognitive Berhavioural Therapy is designed to be short term and lasts 6 - 20 sessions.  Other approaches tend to be longer and may last for months, even years.

Will my counselling sessions be confidential?

Yes. Counselling sessions are confidential with the exception that you may pose a dnger to yourself or others.  Only in extreme cases, such as risk to human life or a child's safety or disclosure of acts of terrorism (1989) would any contact be made with third parties.

Will my counsellor be available for me in a crisis?

I will be available to you at our scheduled appointment times.  I am not able to provide an emergency service to you and you will need to seek other resources for help during that time.  In such cases you should contact your GP, the Samaritans (08457909090, or if necessary, the emergency services.

Can I refer someone for counselling?

Friends, family and colleagues may be concerned about an individuals well being and would like to see them have counselling.  However, it is most helpful if the individual in question can make contact themselves as it is an important step in acknowledging that they may need assistance.  Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.




Christine Baird - Counselling in Market Harborough

'I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is at the heart of successful therapy. Enabling and supporting clients to explore their issues in a way that promotes autonomy over their choices and path in life'

My name is Christine Baird and I am a fully qualified counsellor and supervisor.  I am an accredited member of both the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).  I adhere to and uphold the ethics and principles they stand for, ensuring confidentiality, professionalism and good practice.  To that end my work is regularly supervised and I hold personal insurance.

My style of counselling is integrative, this means that I use a range of approaches and skills that are personally suited to each individual and their issues.  I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation to positive change within the counselling setting.  Each person has their own special requirements, with sensitivity and respect progress can be achieved using effective tools from various therapeutic models such as Person Centred, CBT, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic therapies.


I started counselling after being involved as a volunteer with Homestart, a service that gets alongside families facing difficulties.  In the late 1990's after completing my Certificate in counselling I became involved as a counsellor with the Bower House in Market Harborough and also The Manna House in Northampton.  While being with Manna House I was seconded to working within a GP Practice.  In 2010 I completed my Diploma in Integrative counselling and I am currently developing my own private practice.  In 2012 I gained a Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision.


  • L6 Counselling Supervision CPCAB (Nov 2012)
  • Diploma Integrative Counselling, Henley College (2010)
  • Certificate in Counselling, Counselling Training Initiatives (2001)
  • Diploma Management Studies, Leicester Polytechnic (1988)
  • Certificate in Personnel Practice, Leicester Polytechnic (1975)
  • Personal Counselling
  • Supervision
  • Employee Counselling

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