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Ms Anne Bentley

Student Counselling Team Leader

Learning Support & Wellbeing (Student Gateway - Student Life)


I am Student Counselling Team Leader. I coordinate, develop and deliver workshops for the Learning Support & Wellbeing Group Work Programme.

I obtained a Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship Award in 2013 to implement a pilot Peer-to-Peer Support Programme with the School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences.

I develop partnerships with academic staff to involve students in the delivery of our wellbeing offer to students.

I supervise Associate Volunteer Counsellors on placement with us.

I coordinate and deliver the Peer Support Programme Training which trains students to offer peer support to their fellow students.

I am currently lecturing on the 'Counselling in Educational Roles' module which is part of the BA (Hons) Education Studies.


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

I have seventeen 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 currently supervise Associate Volunteer Counsellors on placement with Plymouth University.

Professional membership

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

Plymouth University Teaching Fellow

Creative practice & artistic projects

The Sean O'Faolain Short Story Prize 2012: Commended Author
Mslexia Short Story Competition 2010: 2nd Prize

Image conscious. (2015) University & College Counselling Journal; Vol. 04, Issue 03, pp16-19.

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

The Journey, (2010) Mslexia, Issue 45 Apr/May/Jun. This story won second prize in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2010

We are not a grandmother, First Person (2007) The Guardian, Family section, 13.01.07

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

The Psychological Effects of Homelessness and their Impact on the Development of a Counselling Relationship, (1997) 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 Dainow and Pat Milner (eds.) Counselling: The BAC Counselling Reader.