Cognitive Analytic Therapy
CAT can be useful if you have been feeling depressed, anxious or are struggling with personal relationships. You may benefit from CAT if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of how any difficulties you have been experiencing may be masked or managed by coping strategies such as using alchol or drugs, smoking, various forms of eating disorder, having affairs, over-exercising, overwork, over-caring for others, etc. Your CAT therapist will help you to recognise unhelpful patterns from the past, analyse them and then build new more postive patterns in the present, enabling you to move forward with your life.
CAT is time-limited (usually 16 sessions) especially if you already have a good understanding of what the issues are but would like help with breaking patterns.
CAT is analytical in that unconscious and unacknowledged factors are worked with, in contrast to CBT which is behavioural-focussed.
CAT is powerful in the way it works and is the psychological treatment of choice for complex problems.
CAT was derived by a GP and Psychiatrist, Dr Tony Ryle, who saw repeating patterns in the presenting symptoms of his patients and devleoped a model that harnessed this knowledge to work with them in a way that made sense to his patients.
At Wings we also offer CAT as a brief short-term therapy as an alternative to CBT (usually 8-10 sessions).
All our CAT therapists are experienced and accredited with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT).
Contact us to arrange an initial assessment appointment.