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Ms Anne Bentley

Student Wellbeing Services Manager

Student Wellbeing Services - Student Services (Academic Registry)



I am Student Wellbeing Services Manager, responsible for three teams: Mental Health Support; the Multi Faith Pastoral and Spiritual Support Service and the Student Counselling Service.

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor, a qualified and experienced counselling supervisor and an experienced line manager of staff.

I believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to student wellbeing that ensures that students are offered a range of interventions to support mild, moderate and severe mental health conditions.

I am Chair of the 'Heads of University Counselling Services' (HUCS) Executive, a member of the Plymouth Suicide Prevention Strategic Partnership and a member of the University of Plymouth Mental Health Taskforce.


Currently a doctoral student on the EdD Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Postgraduate Certificate in Continuing Professional Development (Supervision)
University of Leicester

MA Consultation and the Organisation
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, University of East London

MSc Psychological Counselling
Roehampton Institute, Surrey University

Diploma in Psychological Counselling
Roehampton Institute, Surrey University

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, St Hugh's College, Oxford University.

I have over twenty years experience as a counsellor, working with diverse client groups including: the University of the Arts London (students), the Metropolitan Police Service (Police and civilian staff) and The CASSEL Centre (a community setting in South East London). I have worked in social care settings with street homeless people and with mentally vulnerable ex-offenders.

I have worked as a Counselling Supervisor in voluntary sector counselling agencies including: Victim Support Lambeth (VSL), City and East London Bereavement Service (CELBS) and The CASSEL Centre. I I supervise Associate Volunteer Counsellors on placement with Plymouth University.

Professional membership

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor, MBACP (Accred)

Roles on external bodies

Chair of the Heads of Universities Counselling Services (HUCS) 

A member of the Plymouth Suicide Prevention Strategic Partnership



Creative practice & artistic projects

June 2018 ‘Does the material matter? Do we inhabit place or does place inhabit us? Perspectives from a walk round campus’. Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Plymouth.

This paper won the Plymouth Institute of Education Prize for the BestDoctoral Paper presented at the Conference

April 2018 ‘It’s not hard to find friends. It’s hard to find British friends.’ An inquiry into the social integration of international students at University of Plymouth.’ PEDRIO conference, Plymouth University. This was a revised, re-theorised and updated version of her SHRE presentation inDecember 2017.

December 2017 ‘Reaching out to enhance the wellbeing ofinternational students. Are university counselling and wellbeing servicesaccessible and inclusive?’ The Enhancing the international student experienceseminar, organised by Universities UK.

December 2017 ‘It’s not hard to find friends. It’s hard tofind British friends.’ An inquiry into the social integration of internationalstudents at University of Plymouth.’ Society for Research into Higher Education(SHRE) Newer Researchers Conference, Wales.

May 2016 ‘I was just like wow!’: university students’ perceptions of how counselling benefitted their academic ability. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ResearchConference, Brighton

June 2016 ‘I was just like wow!’:university students’ perceptions of how counselling benefitted their academic ability. The Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference in Plymouth June 2016




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

DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2018.1481196

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

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

Bentley, A (2018) Interview with a university counsellor in BritishCouncil Creating Confidence Guide. [Available at]:

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

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

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

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

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