About me

I came to counselling as a career change after working in teaching for 23 years. I have a special interest in relationship issues, separation and divorce, self esteem, anger management, depression/anxiety and career counselling which comes partly from my own experiences and has been enhanced by relevant training. My most recent paid employment was with a large charity, specialising in two areas: career advice and drug and alcohol addiction.  My practice offers you the opportunity to explore your situation while reflecting on and reviewing your progress on an ongoing basis.

I have specialist experience and qualifications in the fields of addiction and careers advice / development.

Please note that I also have significant and longstanding experience in supporting teachers and other education professionals.

I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with :

  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Grief and Loss
  • Redundancy
  • Financial Worries
  • Workplace Issues
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anger Management
  • Addiction

Training, qualifications & experience


BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Diploma HE Counselling and Human Relations
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills
Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
Certificate in Couples Therapy
Certificate in Supervision (inc. Organisational Supervision)
EFT L1&2
OCR Certificate in Counselling
NVQ 3 Health and Social Care
NVQ 3 Leadership and Management
NVQ 6 in Careers Guidance and Development
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Member of BACP and BACP Workplace BACP  Accredited Voluntary Register.

Former member of NUT and NASUWT; current member of UNISON


I have completed training in bereavement and loss with Bradford Bereavement Support. I have supported the organisation for many years by offering counselling and by sitting on the Training and Supervision Subcommittee, and on the Management Committee as a trustee. I served as Chair of the organisation between October 2013 and October 2016.

As well as delivering training workshops and CPD on a regular basis I take part in an ongoing programme of training and professional development in order to enhance my skills, and also receive professional supervision in order to explore ethical issues and ensure my fitness to practise. I have completed certificates in supervision and in couples therapy, and have  completed a Level 6 diploma in career counselling as well as a variety of workshops on psychosexual counselling. I am on the BACP accredited voluntary register.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition to the areas mentioned above I have a particular interest in domestic abuse, family conflict  and in issues arising from bullying in the workplace. I have completed extensive study in the field of careers counselling theory and practice and am happy to see clients wanting to explore their employment options assess their transferable skills and develop a career action plan. I counsel an increasing number of clients who work as teachers or in other educational roles. With my experience of and continued interest in education I can offer perspective, understanding and support beyond that of most therapists.

I am also interested in Aspergers Syndrome and have facilitated a social care workshop at an event organised by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, in order to make recommendations to parliament prior to the implementation of the Adult Autism Bill. I have experience of counselling vulnerable clients within supported accommodation. As Diversity Champion in my company I am more than happy to discuss issues relating to protected characteristics and the Equality Act 2010. I also deliver regular training in the equality and diversity arena.

I am taking on an increasing amount of couples work and am happy to see parents and children over the age of 11 together to explore family difficulties such as communication issues and conflict. I have many years of experience facilitating group work as well as couples interventions. I have set up and facilitated groups supporting vulnerable adults: especially men at risk of suicide. I can also offer a range of training and workshops - some of which could be delivered in the day time by prior arrangement. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.


From £50.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


Individuals £50 per 50 minutes

Couples £60 per hour

Students (counselling trainees) £40 per hour


£60 per 90 minutes. Concessions offered to trainee counsellors: £45 per 90 minutes.

All fees payable 24 hours in advance by bank transfer. 

If you choose to work with me in Calverley I will ask you to also transfer £15 before your first session to cover administrative costs and room hire. This will be refunded at your final session.


Daytime and evenings Monday to Thursday.

Further information

I offer daytime and evening appointments, Monday to Thursday.

I am DBS checked and fully covered by professional indemnity insurance.

Link to my website: http://www.personcentredcounsellingservices.com/

Bizspace Albion Mills
Albion Road
BD10 9TQ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

There is on street parking and parking space opposite the building. My room is on the third floor and accessible via a lift. The lift can only be used by members of the public prior to 5pm. My room has also been professionally risk assessed.

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision for counsellors both face to face and remotely.

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Joy Archer

Joy Archer