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23rd July 2024 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Canterbury

What can I do today that will help me tomorrow?

We all have times when we feel sad or anxious and problems seem bigger than they really are and when this happens our thinking seems more negative and our attitude to life less hopeful. However hopefully things soon return to normal and our mood improves and life generally seems easier and the future more positive.

However it is also true that sometimes our mood is affected for longer periods and we can find ourselves avoiding things that we used to enjoy or that seem too stressful and even engaging in behaviours that we know are not helpful. If this pattern of negative thinking and unhelpful behaviours become habitual and seemingly automatic then it can lead to problems such as depression. low self-confidence or an anxiety disorder.

Although we cope as best we can it may be helpful to take some time out and to talk to a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to explore your thoughts and feelings and to develop new ways of thinking and behaving that are more helpful and that guide you in a step-by-step approach to get back to feeling like your old self and to be able to deal with life's problems and to to have a positive attitude in the present moment and hope for the future.

Cognitive behavioural Therapy( CBT) in Canterbury

My name is ..Stephen Palmer and I am a fully accredited CBT therapist based in Canterbury with over 23 years experience in working for the NHS in all aspects of adult mental health. The last four years working in GP surgeries using CBT with mild to moderate psychological problems as part of IAPT ( Improving access to Psychological Services). I have also spent many years working in Secondary Services with severe and enduring mental health problems such as Schizophrenia and Bi-PolarDisorder. I am committed to providing CBT therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I have experience with both 1:1 and group therapy.

I work with both individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully. CBT enables you to develop your own " toolkit" to overcome your emotional difficulties and to develop new and more helpful ways of thinking and behaving.
The main focus of the way I work of firmly based within a CBT Therapy framework but I also draw on my personal interests s and post qualification training in Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy, to best meet the needs of the individual.

I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :
  • Stress
  • Inability to stop worrying

  • Post-traumatic stress( PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Specific phobias

  • Excessive worry about your health

  • Depression
  • Low Self-confidence/ Self-esteem

  • Obsessions and Compulsions

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step- Lao Tzu

Not sure if CBT or Therapy is right for you?

If you are unsure about committing to therapy but would like to find out more about CBT and what else may be available, such as self-help material, then why not come for a one off "Assessment of your best hopes for therapy and Introduction to CBT and Mindfulness"? This can be a stand alone session and there is no obligation to continue if you decide that CBT is not for you. This first session lasts 50-55 minutes and cost £60.00

How to contact me

If you are unsure if CBT is for you then please contact me for a free informal chat or e-mail to discuss the issues that you would like to get some help with and to see if CBT could be right for you:

Telephone: 01227 780850 or 07544367104

E-mail: or simply click on the link at the top of each page to leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I practice CBT in Canterbury at Concorde House:

Concorde House Clinic
26a Stour Street

Telephone: 01227 788868


Opening times ( subject to room availability) - Monday- Friday : 08.00- 19.00
Saturday : 09.00-16.00

Concorde House Clinic is in central Canterbury and is within easy reach of Wincheap, Saint Mildreds. Saint Dunstans. Longport, Harbledowm,Thanington,Whitstable, Stuppington,Hales Place, Rough Common,Nackington , Bridge, Blean ,Fordwhich, Sturry, Broad Oak, Chartahm, The University of Kent at Canterbury and Christ Church University- Canterbury Campus.

Please click on the link below to view a map. Stour Street is marked by the pin and is just off Beer Cart Lane

There is plenty of local pay and display parking and Concorde House is only a few minutes walk from both the Whitefriers and Rosemary Lane( Castle Street) multi-storey car parks and Watling Street car park.

Canterbury has excellent transport links by road, rail and bus and is in easy reach of all the main towns in East Kent, such as Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Sandwich. Dover. Margate and Ramsgate.

Canterbury Bus Station is only 5 minutes walk and the nearest Train Stations are:

  • Canterbury East (0.2 miles)
  • Canterbury West (0.4 miles)
  • Sturry (2.5 miles)

    Chartham ( 2.9 miles)
  • Chilham (5.1 miles)
  • Whitstable (5.8 miles)

  • Selling ( 5.9 miles)
  • Chestfield (5.7 miles)
  • Adisham (5.9 miles)

    Man is not disturbed by events, but by the view he takes of them- Epictetus

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