Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

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Cognitive Analytic Therapy, often referred to as CAT, can help people with the following problems Addiction, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Chronic Pain, Depression, Eating Disorders, Phobias, Relationship Problems, Self-Harm and Stress.

How Does CAT Work?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy is a short term therapy, averaging 16-24 therapy sessions.  CAT combines elements of cognitive therapy (e.g. CBT) with psychoanalytic therapy.

Therapists will seek to explore current problems in a person’s life with a focus on trying to understand how childhood patterns, social factors and past life experiences impact the individual.  With this in mind, patients take an active role to identify learned patterns and behaviours that impact relationships with others as well as an individual’s self-concept.

A Recent Testimonial

“I have been having Online CBT Counselling with The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group for about 9 months and it has made such a difference.  I struggled for years with an eating disorder and depression and I really feel like I’ve got my life back.  The online CBT Counselling programme fitted in with the long hours I work and it actually felt more supportive that other types of counselling I have tried because I had contact with my psychologist up to 3 times a week.  I am so glad that I tried this approach and would recommend it to anyone who needs help sorting out a problem”.
Lizzie - Richmond

What the Research into CAT Says

Cognitive Analytic Therapy was developed to facilitate the NHS’ need for a short term therapy with fast results, applicable to a wide variety of the population.  Since its conception, CAT research has shown positive outcomes after therapy for abuse victims and self-harmers.  Researchers and practitioners suggest the usefulness of CAT results from the adaptable nature of the therapy, and the focus on therapeutic co-operation along with the use of taught problem-solving methods.  CAT is also a suggested therapy of choice for Borderline Personality Disorder by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

There is a growing but still far from adequate evidence base for Cognitive Analytic Therapy with a particular lack of randomised controlled trials (the most rigorous way of determining if a cause-effect relationship exists between therapy and outcome).

More Reading on this Subject

For more information, see Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Recommended Books:

Introducing Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Principles and Practice


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