Ruth Groff BSc(Hons), MPS, MA

Programme Director BA Counselling Studies and Education Studies


Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000

Ruth Groff

  • Programme Director for Education Studies and Psychology
  • Module Leader
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Assessment Counsellor for the Community Counselling Clinic at UWTSD

I have been part of the Counselling programme team within the School of Psychology and Counselling at Swansea Metropolitan University/UWTSD Swansea since 2009, and teach on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the School. I am a Registered and Accredited Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a member of the management committee for the Community Counselling Clinic located within the School of Psychology and Counselling.

Since 2005, I have been practicing as a counsellor within various voluntary community agencies. I am particularly interested in the area of pastoral counselling/spirituality and enjoy working closely with grass-root community projects.

I hold a Masters in Pastoral Studies and a MA in Pastoral Counselling from Loyola University, Chicago USA. I have gained Continuing Professional Development Certificates in the fields of: Spirituality; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; and Creative Expressive Therapy.

Prior to qualifying as a Counsellor in 2005, my professional work was in the management of case managers for a non-profit supportive housing programme located in Chicago. The organisation offered housing to individuals and families who were, or at risk of being, homeless. I developed and managed programmes that addressed issues of addiction, mental health, and domestic violence.

Many years spent working with the social service sector along with my experience as a Pastoral counsellor has equipped me with a unique set of skills and a passion that enables me to make a valuable contribution to the teaching faculty in the School of Psychology and Counselling.  

  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Association of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling (APSCC)
  • Facilitator of Counselling with Spirit South Wales (CwS(SW)

I teach on all three years of the undergraduate degree and on the postgraduate level.  I am especially interested in the diversity that counselling studies and training has to offer in terms of mental health issues and personal well-being. I also believe that it is important to give students a good balanced understanding of the historical significance of humanism within a post-modern perspective.

  • A collaborator for the Tenovus Innovation Grant C-EVOLVE project: development and evaluation of a virtual reality counselling world for young people affected by cancer. 2013-present
  • An Evaluation of Arts Engagement Training: Theatr Fforwm Cymru and Small World Theatre. 2012-2013.
  • Research contributor of a database project for the Association for Pastoral, Spiritual Care and Counselling (APSCC 2008-2009)
  • Co-contributor for the Pilot On-Site Counselling Study Project:  Loyola University, Community Counselling Center of Chicago (C4), Heartland Alliance and Lakefront Supportive Housing (Mercy Housing Lakefront) 2003-2004

Committee Member of: Theatr Ffowm Cymru and Sparks Centre