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.
At its heart, it 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.
What does CAT mean?
- Forming a trusting relationship with your therapist which allows you to work together to explore the difficulties you are facing
- Identifying your current problems and how they affect your life and wellbeing
- Looking at the underlying causes of these problems in terms of your earlier life and relationships
- Understanding how you learned to survive, sometimes intense and unmanageable feelings, by relating to others and yourself in particular ways
- Identifying how these patterns may now be holding you back
- Discovering the choices and ways of doing things differently, ways that are available to you to make your life better for yourself and those close to you
- Finding out how you can continue to move forward after the therapy has ended