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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Near Me

Find the right CAT therapist Near you

How do I make an appointment?

We currently have online appointment slots available. To see one of our Clinical Psychologists, do make contact  to help us fix a good day and time for you. Please keep an eye out for our email reply in case it goes into your spam/junk box.

Click here to read profiles of our Clinical Psychologist who are also trained as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) therapists, who are training further in CAT or who use CAT informed ideas as part of their integrative approach.

Our  diverse ethnic social, and cultural backgrounds help us to offer you inclusive therapy considering issues such as LGBT, etc.

How can Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Help Me?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a powerful therapy.

  • CAT uses the collaborative process between a therapist and a person, working together, to reach a shared understanding of probable causal and maintenance factors linked to a person’s difficulties; looking particularly at problems you might have between you and others. (What led to your problem/s starting and what keeps it/them going; what’s the big picture, what makes it so hard to change.)
  • Most importantly defined are key patterns of relating that you may have grown up with or experienced, (e.g., one person being bullied by another bullying person, or one person criticising to another person being criticised, etc) and patterns of coping that keep certain problems going (e.g., people pleasing, avoiding, etc).
  • The latter patterns, include how you manage your emotions and other coping patterns which have too high a cost now and/or prevent you from making changes you want. They likely developed when you were younger. However, although they may well have helped you cope with difficulties as a younger person, you can now choose what you do and how you live your life, to loosen the emotional burden you carry.
  • One way CAT therapy could be viewed is as written in the short poem - Autobiography in 5 chapters by Portia Nelson. That poem is about taking the helicopter view to help yourself notice, when you automatically do things.
  • Understanding and noticing what is happening for you, is the first step to change.
  • One of the most important elements of the therapy is helping you to stand back and notice' notice what the less helpful ways of relating as well as coping (habitual ways of thinking, behaving, believing, roles taken on in relation to others etc). Then to decide which of those you want to tackle through therapy.
  • Finding a therapist who you feel you could develop a good working relationship with, is an important starting point.

See our Clinical Psychologists trained as CAT therapists, completing even more specialist additional CAT training or who use CAT-informed therapy here

Testimonials

“this was life-changing” Anon.
"I feel so much better in myself." Anon.

"I can't put into words how much you have helped." Anon.

"You've hit the nail on the head." Anon.

"Enlightening" Anon.

“In over 30 years’ treatment by various psychotherapists and a psychologist no one has managed to do what you did which is to really work at that trauma so that it could be made better. You did. Thank you.” Anon.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have found you and to have had the benefit from your considerable expertise.” Anon.

"You really listened and reflected it back to me in a real and supportive way but with appropriate challenge. It’s been a life changing experience. Thank you." Anon.

“I have trusted you and told you the best, worse and average about me.” Anon.

Due to the confidential nature of psychological therapy, we do not put clients' details here, only some sample quotes.

Links to help and information

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