Roy was born Alfred Roy on the 3rd August 1941 in Waitemata, Auckland, New Zealand. His career began after an intensive three year training in Client Centred Therapy gaining distinction during his three years in a Methodist Theological College.

For ten years he was a parish minister and the director of a family based social service centre.  In 1977 Roy was appointed lecturer in continuing adult education at Massey University in Palmerston North New Zealand. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English literature, a Diploma in Social Work and a Masterate in Social Work.

In 1983 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Social work and Social Policy at Massey University.  In 1986 he established the first private psychotherapy practice in Palmerston North. In 1990 Roy was appointed a foundation tutor for the first Bachelor of Counselling degree in New Zealand teaching for fifteen years. He became the head of the Health Sciences Faculty at the Wellington Institute of Technology in 2002 and returned to private practice in 2005.

Roy is a former President of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award and Te Tohu o te Pihi (the award of the seed) for his innovative work in bicultural psychotherapy which has informed his keynote addresses and publications.

In 1999 he was appointed to the board of the World Council for Psychotherapy. Roy published the first book on psychotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2001 and has continued as a teacher and keynote speaker drawing attention to the need for psychotherapy to take cultural belonging into account. He practices as a couple counsellor  and consultant and in 2016 will complete a book on the future of psychotherapy in New Zealand.

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