Stephen Palmer

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Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NZ
Available for new clients
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About me

I offer individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders, depression, low self-confidence and lifestyle issues.

My main focus is CBT but I also draw on my experience and post-qualification training in Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I accept self-referrals and also referrals from other health professions, insurance companies and the workplace.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2012)
  • BSc Occupational Therapy (1998)
  • BASocial Psychology (1988)

I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural therapist with over 25 years experience in working for the NHS in the field of adult mental health.

I have worked as an Occupational Therapist and Senior Practitioner in both in-patient and community settings working with clients with Secondary mental Health problems and for the last 4-5 years in GP Practices using CBT as part of IAPT (Improving Access to psychological Services) with people with mild- severe psychological distress.
I am currently working in private practice with adults of all ages to offer CBT for mild to moderate psychological problems.

I am an accredited member of the following professional organisations and I abide by their code of ethics:

  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists. BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies


Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • £ 65.00 for an initial assessment and £55.00 for 50-.55 minute sessions( £45.00 for full- time students). 

A charge of £55.00  will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given and this will be added to the next session, payable in advance. If 48 hours notice is given then a charge of £25.00 will be added to the next session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available Monday- Friday from 08.00 - 18.00, depending on availability.

However I am able to offer different times, to fit in with specific needs and week-ends are possible

Further information

I am currently doing CBT remotely using Zoom and FaceTime, if you have an Apple device. This is due to the current COVID-19 situation.

I will also see people Face-Face if they have been double vaccinated and are happy to observe social distancing rules.

In order to get the most from CBT it is best to meet on a weekly basis, if possible. The number of sessions depends on the nature of the condition and for milder or single issue problems this would typically be between 5-12 sessions.
For more enduring or complex problems I follow the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines of between 6-20 sessions but this will be jointly agreed at the first session and reviewed on a regular basis.

If you are not sure if CBT is for you and you would like to find out more about what there is available to help with your particular issue, why not come for an assessment and introduction to CBT session (£50.0)? There is no obligation to continue with CBT unless you feel it is the right thing for you.

Please feel free to visit my web-page for further information about me and the way I work:

Concorde House Clinic, 26A Stour Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

I currently can offer therapy by video-link or telephone but not face to face due to COVID-19.I use Zoom, where I send clients an invitation by e-mail and they then click on the link or by FaceTime, if they have an Apple device. Telephone is also possible