Dr Richard Bennett BSc (Hons), DipCOT, ClinPsyD, CPsycol, CSci, AFBPsS

Dr Richard Bennett

School of Psychology
Lecturer in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Course Lead - PGDip High Intensity Psychological Therapy (CBT)

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Richard Bennett works as a Lecturer on the CBT programmes, where he leads the Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity CBT.  He is qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and Occupational Therapist and regularly contributes to a range of professional training courses across the University.


  • BSc Psychology, The University of Plymouth
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Essex School of Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate, The University of Birmingham


Dr Richard Bennett worked for over 20 years in the National Health Service, developing expertise in a range of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies, including Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  He now conducts his clinical work in independent practice as Director of Think Psychology.  Dr Bennett has extensive experience of delivering supervision and training.  He has trained and supervised a wide range of healthcare professionals across the UK, as well as internationally.  


As Course Lead for the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT, he co-ordinates the course as well as planning and providing much of the teaching. Richard also contributes to teaching on other CBT courses, as well as the Clinical Psychology Doctorate, and professional training programmes for Medics, Physiotherapists, and Social Workers.

Postgraduate supervision

Richard currently supervises clinically relevant research, such as that carried out by students on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate, although he is not currently available to take on additional PhD supervision.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Is alexithymia associated with a perceptual sensitivity to affective stimuli?


Dr Bennett has conducted research relating to emotional processing, violent fantasy, and care pathways in forensic services.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Relational Frame Theory

Other activities

  • Active member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
  • Recognised as an ACBS Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer and as a BABCP accredited Psychotherapist, Supervisor, and Trainer.


Oliver, J. & Bennett, R. (in submission). The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Low Self-esteem. Oakland: New Harbinger

Bennett, R. & Oliver, J. (2019). Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - 100 Key Points and Techniques. Abingdon: Routledge

Turner, M. & Bennett, R. (Eds) (2017). Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in Sport and Exercise. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bennett, R. (2017) From esteem to acceptance: contemporary perspectives on the self. Psychotherapy Section Review, 59, 8-15. 

Bennett, R. & Pearson, L. (2015). Group Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy for paranoia. In Meaden, A. & Fox, A. (Eds.) Innovations in psychosocial interventions for psychosis: working with the hard to reach. Hove: Routledge 

Bennett, R., Ramakrishna, V. & Maganty, D. (2010). Management of disturbed behaviour in a medium secure intensive care unit: views of staff on options for intervention.  Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, 7(2), 85-89

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