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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

What is CAT?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) helps you to understand why you think, feel and act in the way that you do. You′ll discover how to change unhelpful behavioural habits, and learn better ways of dealing with problems or stress.

CAT was developed in the UK in the 1980s, and is an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional difficulties and concerns, including:

How does CAT work?

CAT can be extremely helpful in overcoming negative patterns of behaviour and finding better ways to cope with specific situations and relationships.

To achieve this, in CAT you explore with your psychotherapist the way you think (cognitive) and feel, and what you do. With your therapist you will identify patterns of behaviour, often unrealised, that are causing problems in your life (analytic). Through CAT you think about how you behave in specific situations, and how it affects you and those around you. Then you work together to establish some new more helpful ways of responding to difficult situations.

In order to understand these patterns of behaviour, your therapist will work with you to explore past events or experiences, often in childhood or earlier life.  You′ll examine whether these past events or experiences have influenced your patterns of behaviour.  You′ll work together to gain a deeper understanding of why you think, feel and behave in the way that you do.

What does CAT involve?

CAT involves weekly or fortnightly sessions with your therapist, and is usually a time limited therapy, tailored around your specific needs and goals. You will work with your therapist to identify the patterns of behaviour that are holding you back and the underlying causes of that behaviour. You will then explore how you can do things differently, to improve your life and well-being, and lead a more fulfilled life.

How do I get CAT?

Contact Connect to find out if CAT is the best psychotherapy for your situation. Connect will help you find an available, conveniently located Cognitive Analytic Therapist in Bath or Bristol.

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