CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy)


CAT is short for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and CAT is made up of two approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and psychoanalytic approaches into one integrative model of therapy.  CAT therapy and its use is definitely on the rise within the UK.  

CAT is a collaborative way of working with a therapist which looks at the way you think, feel and behave and therapy is tailored to suit your individual needs.

In order to bring about change, CAT offers a way of:

  • Thinking about yourself differently
  • Finding out exactly what your problems and difficulties are; how they started; how they affect your everyday life – your relationships, your working life and your choices of how to get the best out of your life
  • Getting under the limitations of a diagnosis or ‘symptom hook’ (that is, understanding the reasons that underlie a symptom such as bulimia), by naming what previously learned patterns of thinking or behaving contribute to difficulties and finding new ways of addressing them within yourself
  • Thinking about the importance of relationships in your psychological life. This includes the relationship you have with yourself, and the relationship you have with the therapist


To find out more about CAT Therapy - please visit ACAT - The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.