Joy Archer Dip HE Counselling, BA (Hons), MBACP (Registered)

Joy Archer Dip HE Counselling, BA (Hons), MBACP (Registered)

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07984029924 / 07984 029924

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West Yorkshire

07984029924 / 07984 029924

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. I work for a northern 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 recently 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.

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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.



Individuals £45  per 50 minutes in Eccleshill, £50 in Calverley

Couples £55 per hour in Eccleshill, £60 in Calverley

Students (counselling trainees) £35 in Eccleshill, £40 in Calverley


£60 per 90 minutes in Eccleshill, £65 in Calverley.  Concessions offered to trainee counsellors.

Further information

I offer evening and weekend appointments, and home visits by arrangement (subject to location and availability).

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

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Maps & Directions

Bradford, BD2
Pudsey, LS28

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Evenings and weekends and from 2/11/2018, some available weekday appointments on Fridays only. I can also offer home visits subject to distance and availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer professional supervision: evenings and weekends.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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