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Anne Bentley


School of Health & Wellbeing

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anne bentley

Role Summary

I am a lecturer on the MPsy Psychotherapy and Counselling degree at Plymouth Marjon University, as well as a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Doctoral student at University of Plymouth.

From 2012-2021, I was Manager of the Student Wellbeing Services at the University of Plymouth, managing 3 teams of counsellors, mental health advisors and the Pastoral & Spiritual Support Team.  I was Chair of HUCS (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Heads of University Counselling Services) and a member of AMOSSHE (Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education). 



  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Plymouth, 2015-2016  
  • PGCert in Continuing Professional Development (Supervision), University of Leicester, 2004    
  • Registered. MBACP (Accredited) British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2000- TO DATE
  • MA in Consultation and the Organisation, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust 1997-1999    
  • MSc in Psychological Counselling, Roehampton Institute, Surrey University, 1993-1996  
  • Diploma in Psychological Counselling, Roehampton Institute, Surrey University, 1992-1993  
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, 1985-1988                              



Bentley, A., Virgo, M. & Hastings, D. (2016) Reaching out to enhance the wellbeing of international students. Are university counselling and wellbeing services accessible and inclusive? In Research into the international student experience in the UK2015-16. pp. 46-69. London: UKCISA. Available at:

This research was Highly Commended in the UKCISA Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education 2016.

Research grants/funding 

2015-2016 UKCISA Grants Scheme Award: Reaching out to enhance the wellbeing of international students. Are university counselling and wellbeing services accessible and inclusive? £5000 

2013-14 PEDRIO Teaching Fellowship Award Scheme: ‘Exploring the Benefits of Peer to Peer Helping Relationships’, £5300. Research report available at Plymouth University Pearl Repository.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Homer S, Solbrig L, Djama D, Bentley A, Kearns S & May J (2021) 'The researcher Toolkit: A preventative, peer-support approach to postgraduate research student mental health' Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education

Bentley, A (2018) A tale of two capitals: a Bourdieusian perspective on counselling in higher education, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling

Bentley, A (2018) ‘I was just like, Wow!’: Students’ perceptions of how counselling benefitted their academic experience. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, June, Vol.18 (2), pp.215-219.  

Bentley, A. (1997) The Psychological Effects of Homelessness and their Impact on the Development of a Counselling Relationship. Counselling Psychology Quarterly; Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 195-210.

Additional Publications

Bentley, A. (2022) Suicide prevention through online staff training. An Office for Students Case Study.

Bentley, A (2018) ‘A counselling service is our last choice ….. sorry’. University & College Counselling. Vol. 6 (3).

Bentley, A and Sibley, D. (2015) Image conscious. University & College Counselling. Vol. 04, Issue 03, pp16-19.

Bentley, A. (2015) Hear (and Now).  University & College Counselling. Vol.03, Issue 05, pp 22-27.

Bentley, A. (2010) The Journey. Mslexia, Issue 45 Apr/May/Jun.

This story won second prize in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2010

Bentley, A. (2001) We are not a grandmother, First Person. The Guardian, Family section, 13.01.07

Bentley, A. (1999) Counselling in an Urban Police Service. Counselling. Vol.10, No. 5, pp 349-355.

Bentley, A. (1994) Counselling and Homelessness, Counselling, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 132-134.

This article was also published in 1996 in; Stephen Palmer, Sheila Dainow and Pat Milner (eds.) Counselling: The BAC Counselling Reader.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of Advance HE (Higher Education Academy)

Chair of the British Association for Counselling, Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS) 2019-2021

I was an Expert Reviewer for an Epigeum, Oxford University Press International Student Success Programme reviewing online content designed for international students studying in the UK (2020-2021)

Other Interests

I love teaching, research and writing. When I am not doing these, I can be found reading vegetarian cookbooks,  watching films, wandering through bookshops and indoctrinating my teenage children into shoegaze music. I am a lover of coffee and Indian food.

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