CAT: Cognitive Analytic Therapy

I am an Accredited Practitioner and Supervisor with the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy [ACAT].

CAT stands for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. As the name suggests, it brings together ideas and understanding from two different therapies into one time-limited and focussed therapy - typically 16 sessions. At its heart is the relationship between the client and therapist, working collaboratively, within the therapeutic boundaries, to help the client make sense of their situation and to then find ways of making changes for the better.

The process of a CAT therapy is to identify the problems or difficulties which have brought you to seek help, and to then look at the underlying causes of these problems in terms of your earlier life and relationships, identifying patterns of relating which have developed, and the effect these patterns are having on our life. Through this understanding you can find different ways of doing things or ‘being’. You will gradually develop an understanding of the ways in which you have learned to cope with what has happened in your life, and through this to make different choices. 

For more information go to the ACAT website