Joy comes from a music teaching background until she trained as a music therapist. She has experience of community work in urban priority areas, residential care, fostering and adoption. Joy completed the PACT training at Post Adoption Centre London in 1995. Certificate in Psychotherapy with Dissociative Disorders with ISSDT.
She has worked as a residential child care worker, community work, a teacher (including in an EBD special School), a music therapist in private practice, an adoption consultant and training officer for Adoption UK.
Joy has also contributed to the training in adoption, attachment and trauma issues for health, education and social services professionals.
She has contributed to the training of music and play therapists. She is a published Author and book illustrator in the field of adoption, fostering and Music Therapy.
Joy is an adoptive parent and has also been a short and long term foster carer. She has been a group and telephone co-ordinator for Adoption UK and a founder and chair of Attachment in Action.