Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is active, integrated and focussed.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy is a form of brief psychotherapy based on Object Relations Theory, Personal Construct Theory, and aspects of Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Therapy (118).
It is an integrated model formed from cognitive and psychoanalytic principles; cognitive therapy techniques and psychodynamic understanding.
It is interpersonal model of therapy.
The exploration of these problems and the patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour that cause and perpetuate them can be explored in relation to one’s relationships with oneself and with others both within private life and at work. It emphasizes the interplay between mental processes, feelings, actions and consequences.
The CAT is cognitive: it makes full use the client’s capacity to observe and think about himself, his assumptions, feelings and behaviour.
The CAT is analytic: unacknowledged, unconscious factors are explored and worked with, and their impact is recognized. The therapist–client relationship is understood and used.
The CAT is integrated: a cohesive body of theory has been developed with a unique understanding of personality and development.
Focus on recognising how the coping procedures originated and how they can be adapted and improved.
The approach includes three R: Reformulation, Recognition, Revision.
The method includes Naturalistic approach, report subjective change, Grounded theory. It encourages clients to draw on their own ability to develop the skills to change destructive patterns of behaviour. Negative ways of thinking are explored in structured ways, such as diary-keeping and progress charts.
The aim of providing effective and affordable psychological treatment which could be provided to enable the client to recognise these patterns and understand their origins, and subsequently to learn alternative strategies in order to cope better.
At the end of treatment, the therapist gives you a final letter which summarizes your difficulties and the ways you have worked out how to cope better (140).
Settings: an individual psychotherapy.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy is recommended for treatment of personality disorders.
If you require help and advice Counselling and Psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.