Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrative approach to therapy. It focuses on the difficulties that bring a person to therapy ('target problems') and the patterns of relating to oneself and others which underlie these. It incorporates elements of analytic therapy and cognitive therapy, and so provides an opportunity to address both the origins of personal difficulties and how they are maintained in the here-and-now.

CAT is a collaborative therapy. The client and the therapist work together to make sense of personal difficulties and find ways of making changes for the better. Particular attention is paid to early-life experiences and childhood relationships, and those these play out in daily life (including the relationship between therapist and client). In doing so, unhelpful patterns of relating to others can be identified, understood and changed for the better.