Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a psychological therapy or ‘talking treatment’ which is used to help people who have depression and anxiety and have difficulties in their relationships. It is a safe first therapy, particularly for people who present with more than one problem, or who may feel very differently about themselves and other people at different times.

The process of a CAT therapy is to explore patterns of relating to others and oneself in the context of early experiences. Together with the therapist, the aim is to gradually develop a better understanding of unhelpful coping patterns, and to give a range of choices on how to cope and to learn to do things differently. The standard number of sessions for CAT therapy is 16, which last for 50 minutes and are usually held weekly.

For more information, the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy has a very useful introduction to CAT and information on how to find an accredited CAT therapist.

Recommended reading includes the Self Help Book; ‘Change for the Better’ by Elizabeth Wilde McCormick (2017, 5th Edition)