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Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Updated: Nov 6, 2021

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a collaborative programme for looking at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). As its name suggests, it brings together ideas and understanding from different therapies into one user-friendly and effective therapy.


It is a programme of therapy that is tailored to a person’s individual needs and to his or her own manageable goals for change. It is a time-limited therapy - between 4 and 24 weeks, but typically 16.


At the heart of CAT is an empathic relationship between the client and therapist within the therapeutic boundaries, the purpose of which is to help the client make sense of their situation and to find ways of making changes for the better. (See: About CAT | ACAT for more details.)


I first qualified in CAT in 1990 and apply the approach when it can help the individual develop an understanding or exploration of themselves and their life situation.




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