Joy Strachan Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

BSc (Hons) Psychotherapeutic Counselling

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. I'm Joy.  I'm an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor, meaning I draw on a range of complimentary theories and techniques to inform our sessions.

My aim is to be alongside you in your journey, whatever that may be, providing an empathic, non-judgemental space where your feelings can be aired and explored together.

I strongly believe in our capacity to thrive rather than just survive and our right to be our authentic self, living a joyful, satisfying life.

I have a range of experience working with adult clients of all ages, including those in further education or those who have retired.  I have worked with clients across many issues ranging from sexual abuse and trauma to low mood, anxiety or simply those who feel out of balance in their life or loss of meaning.  

I offer short or long-term counselling, where we can work collaboratively, agreeing your goals and aims together. I aim to be alongside you to support and facilitate your journey, respecting your pace.


I am a registered member of the UKCP (The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and I follow their code of ethics to ensure good practice with my clients. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My training

I trained at Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy for three years, achieving a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.   Whilst completing my training, I was a volunteer counsellor for three years at the One2One Project, a charity in Norfolk, where I worked with a range of clients who came into the service for issues such as trauma, anxiety, sexual abuse, low mood, loss of direction and grief.  

In addition to my Degree course, I regularly undertake further development in areas that can enhance and develop my practice.   

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

General dissatisfaction in life: Often we can feel lost in life, lacking in direction, unfulfilled;  we can work together to look at your circumstances through a different lens.  

Career issues: The workplace can present challenges and a myriad of dynamics to navigate.  Being able to understand these and your own responses can provide renewed clarity.

Therapies offered

Photos & videos


£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are as follows: 

£65 per weekly session

I also offer a small number of concessionary fees for those on households incomes up to £30,000

I am available for face-to-face sessions on a Thursday between 9am and 5pm at:

- Kings Parade Cambridge 

I can also offer face-to-face sessions on a Tuesday in Cambridge (CB5) 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I can offer face-to-face sessions in Cambridge on a Tuesday and a Thursday.   I can also offer online sessions in some circumstances so please ask

If you would like to find out if counselling is for you and whether you feel comfortable with me, please give me a call and we can complete an assessment together.  Please leave a message if I am not able to get to the phone and I will call you back 

8A Kings Parade, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1SJ

20 Mercers Row, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8HY

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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 , or contact this professional directly

Free parking is available on a Tuesday at CB5

Online platforms