Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

CAT is a short to medium length therapy looking at your past experiences and relationships to understand why you think, feel and act as you do.

It brings together understandings from cognitive psychotherapies (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and from psychoanalytic approaches into one integrated, user-friendly and effective therapy.

It is a collaborative programme of looking at the way you think, feel and act. It is tailored to your individual needs and to your own manageable goals for change. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions from depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and borderline personality disorder to stress, relationship difficulties, substance misuse, eating disorders and self-harm. It can even be used to help long-term physical symptoms that have not responded to medical intervention such as chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. A CAT therapy is a time-limited course, usually between 16 and 24 fifty minute weekly sessions and is structured and directive - this is discussed and agreed with the therapist at the start of therapy.