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Dr Richard Bennett
BSc, DipCOT, ClinPsyD, AFBPsS, CSci, CPsychol
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Clinical Psychology


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New appointment: £70-80
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Think Psychology is led by Dr Richard Bennett. Richard is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is also an active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS), where he has been recognised as a Peer-reviewed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer.  Richard sits on two specialist committees, namely the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Special Interest Group of the BABCP and the UK & Ireland Chapter of ACBS.  With more than 25 years experience working as a healthcare professional within the NHS and private practice, Richard brings his experience and a proven track record to all clients that he works with at Think Psychology.

In addition to his clinical experience, Richard has extensive experience in both teaching and training. He is a Lecturer in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, leading the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT for High Intensity Workers, and regularly lecturing students training in Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and CBT.  He has trained and supervised a range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as overseas, including work in the USA, South Africa, and Romania. 

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Medical Procedures

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP)
  • Expert Witness in Criminal cases

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Special Interests

I have a particular interest in difficulties that people experience in relation to the thoughts and feelings they have about their self and their identity.  I have written about self-acceptance in blogs and academic journals, and am currently working on a book on the subject.


Primary Qualification

BSc Psychology, The University of Plymouth

Further Qualifications

Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Essex School of Occupational Therapy

Clinical Psychology Doctorate, The University of Birmingham

Professional Memberships

Health and Care Professions Council

British Psychological Society

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Association for Contextual Behavioural Science



Excellent attitude, comfortable discussions pastoral care evident


I have had an extremely positive experience working with Richard for about 18 months now. His approach has been a really good fit for me and has allowed me to make progress in ways I never thought possible. His non-directive, explorative way of leading me to find the answers within myself has been life changing. He is extremely validating and reassuring but again in a non-directive/non-authoritative way. I have really enjoyed working within the ACT model and use the principles almost on a daily basis. When I first came I was really not sure that I was ever going to be able to make changes and couldn't see how I was ever going to get to the place I am in now. Even with sessions not being on a regular basis I have made significant progress. I would highly recommend Richard and the ACT model of therapy. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with Richard and will always openly say how beneficial therapy has been to me.


Richard has been instrumental in helping me work towards recovery with my mental health. He has been very compassionate and understanding in listening to my struggles and helping me look at things differently, and acted as a support figure for me. I've made incredible progress with Richard's help and have nothing but gratitude for all his hard work.


Richard has been kind and supportive at every appointment and I always leave feeling a million times better than when we began! Talking to Richard is extremely easy due to his calm and helpful nature. I couldn't recommend him more.


Kind and understanding therapist whose sessions always have a positive impact. The sessions never feel forced and are each one has its own benefits. Compared to other therapists always seems to take an interest and listen without passing judgement.


I like the strategies used in therapy. Richard is friendly and understanding. Helps me understand my thought processes and actions.


Richard is a very warm, professional, experienced therapist who I would highly recommend.


Richard has been an invaluable source of support over the last several months, he approaches things in an open and non-judgemental way and shows an incredible depth of understanding. Over the years I have accessed several different therapists and counsellors and this has been my most positive and beneficial experience of therapy.


Positive and engaging. Richard opens his own experience too that makes you realise everyone has things they are dealing with.


I would have no hesitation in recommending Rich to anyone. He is a very compassionate professional person who is a good listener and does not judge you. I do not know how I would have coped with the tragedy in my life without his intervention. He has not only helped me deal with the tragedy but made me a better rounded person as a consequence.


I had done therapy for several years before I began working with Richard. It had certainly helped me understand how my upbringing had scarred me and made my probably innate tendency to depression much worse. But it had also left me with a kind of emotional hangover. The feeling of devastation and confusion persisted more than two years after ending with my previous therapist. I had heard and read about ACT, and it seemed to me that this might offer a more practical way to deal with those still painful feelings. This turned out to be true, but I doubt if the technique would have worked so well if I hadn't also enjoyed working with Richard so much. He never put pressure on me to reveal my thoughts or feelings - or if he did, it was so subtle I didn't notice - but even after many years of therapy I was surprised at how easy it was to reveal my darkest and saddest thoughts to him. I soon found that my mind would start 'preparing' for each session, selecting a theme and homing in on it without my making any conscious decision to do so. Richard sessions then provided a calm, safe, contained space in which to explore that theme - but also to deal with anything that might suddenly emerge out of nowhere, as it often did. What I gradually discovered, at an emotional rather than a purely intellectual level, was that it is futile to look for happy endings or miracle painkillers. But far from being depressing, that realisation brought a feeling of release, even joy. It is hard to express how profoundly satisfying it is to be able to say 'I can live with this', rather than rushing around trying desperately to find ways of escaping. Up to a point I had already understood this but, with Richard's help, ACT allowed me to feel it, to incorporate it at the deepest level and therefore live it. Since ending our sessions, I have noticed that I deal with potentially threatening, destabilising thoughts and feelings differently: acknowledging them, not judging them or fighting with them, and carrying on with my 'valued action', the course I know to be right. We may not be able to exorcise our ghosts, but we can befriend them - and if we do, they lose their power to do us harm.

Peer Recommendations

BY mrs Louise Seys

Richard was the course leader when I did my CBT training at UoB. He has an awe inspiring understanding of the theory behind CBT, ACT and REBT and is particularly well known and respected within the field of ACT. He is a gentle, compassionate guy who endeavours to embody all that ACT promotes to lead a meaningful, value filled life whilst making room for obstacles or difficulties that inevitably arise... He strives to use the most recent evidence-based interventions and has his client's emotional development at the heart of all that he does.
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BY ms Emma Griffiths

I was fortunate enough to be trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Dr Richard Bennett, at the University of Birmingham. Following completion of my training, Dr Bennett approached me to join the team at Think Psychology, for me this was a great honour to join his team. Dr Bennett is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a true passion for working with people and his way of working is inspirational- he consistently strives to learn, help others and goes above and beyond to ensure his practice provides exceptional patient care. I cannot recommend Dr Bennett highly enough, what stands out to me is his warmth, compassion, the way he relates to his clients is excellent. Dr Bennett is a competent Psychologist, Supervisor, Expert Witness and Trainer. I recall being inspired by Dr Bennett's teaching during University, I have witnessed through lectures and role plays exceptional therapeutic skills from a range of therapeutic models including ACT, CBT, CT and REBT. I cannot recommend Dr Bennett highly enough, I would certainly recommend him to my family and friends without hesitation.
For specialty: Psychology
For conditions: Anxiety
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BY dr louise pearson

Richard really is a remarkable person. Not only a highly skilled clinician but also incredibly gifted at connecting with both clients and other professionals. He is an enigmatic teacher and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to contribute to Think Psychology.
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BY dr Nick Mooney

Dr Richard Bennett is an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist working within the Birmingham area. He is also a highly regarded trainer and supervisor of clinical psychologists and CBT therapists. Dr Bennett has an expert understanding of a number of evidence-based therapeutic treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is a dedicated and professional clinician who has helped clients with a wide range of both common and complex psychological difficulties.
For specialty: Psychology
Connection: Is a colleague