Katie Ruddy

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Swansea, SA1 4EZ
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About me


I'm Katie, a qualified Psychotherapist, BAPT Registered Play Therapist® , and Counselling Lecturer with a wealth of experience in the field. My journey in the realm of psychotherapy has been a dynamic exploration of healing, growth, and transformation. As a Co-Founder and Director at Family and Therapy in Swansea, my commitment is rooted in guiding individuals, from the youngest to adults and families, toward self-discovery and healing.

In my practice, I bring to life the transformative and philosophy of gestalt psychotherapy—a dynamic, playful and energising approach that celebrates the power of self-awareness and the richness of the present moment. It's not just about understanding ourselves; it's about embracing who we are now and exploring the potential for growth and positive change.

With specialised expertise in trauma and attachment, I recognise the profound impact that early life experiences can have on emotional well-being. Drawing upon my extensive training and experience, I bring a compassionate and insightful approach to my work, fostering an environment conducive to personal growth and promoting positive change. As a counselling lecturer, I am dedicated to sharing my knowledge and expertise, contributing to the education and development of future generations of therapists, nurturing a community that values empathy and authenticity.

Children, with their incredible capacity for imagination and expression, find solace and healing in play therapy. Creating a safe and nurturing space, I encourage them to freely express their emotions through play, fostering a journey of healing and growth. But the magic doesn't stop there; I extend the power of play therapy to adults in psychotherapy, offering a unique and effective way to explore and process emotions.

I am passionate about supporting parents to break down barriers to play with their children. I believe in the transformative power of shared moments of joy and connection. By helping parents overcome challenges or hesitations, I support them to deepen their bonds with their children, creating a foundation of love and understanding within the family.

My commitment to ongoing professional development is reflected in active participation in workshops, conferences, and training programs. This ensures I stay informed, refining skills and incorporating innovative approaches. I am driven by a desire to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those I work with.

My journey with you is one of profound commitment to authenticity and growth. Expertise working with trauma and attachment, coupled with gestalt psychotherapy and play, positions me as a compassionate guide. I believe in the power of connection, the importance of play, and the authenticity that comes from embracing our stories with empathy and optimism. 

The services I offer are:

Psychotherapy for adults
Play Therapy for children aged 3 – 12
Parenting Support
Family based therapies
Insured, DBS Checked, National Counselling Society Accredited Registrant (NCS20-01590) Membership and Membership with The British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT)

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications, Experience and Professional Trainings:

MA Counselling Lecturer (UWTSD)
MSc Play Therapy (2021)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Practice  (2017)
Theraplay Level 1 (2020)
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1 – 2019
Trauma Play Therapy Foundational and Advanced (2020)
Gestalt Play Therapy The Oaklander Way (2018)
Gestalt Therapy in Action (2023)
Working with Trauma Masterclass (2023)
Understanding and Working with Dynamics in Groups (2023)
Working with Conflict and Confrontation (2023)
Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder (2023)
ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) Certificate Course: Strength-based interventions to Thrive with ADHD from childhood to Adulthood – in process of completion
Insured, DBS Checked, National Counselling Society Accredited Registrant (NCS20-01590) Membership with The British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)

The British Association of Play Therapists was founded in 1992 by a group of now respected practitioners who introduced and pioneered Play Therapy within Britain. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Areas of counselling I deal with


£55.00 - £85.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

 I offer an initial free 30 minute session to give us a chance to meet and see how we can work together before committing to further sessions 

Student Charges Information
Reduced fee for student therapists - £45 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Occasionally I will work outside of the days and times

The Natural Health Clinic, Page Street, Swansea, SA1 4EZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Katie Ruddy
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