Welcome and thank you for visiting my website where you can find out more information about Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and whether it may be a suitable therapy for you. Life is full of challenges and how we deal with them can make a big difference to our overall well-being. So my aim is to work alongside you as you tackle these challenges and work towards greater self-insight and personal change. Providing a safe and supportive therapeutic space will allow you time to compassionately look at the aspects of your life that you want to let go of or change.
I appreciate that seeking therapy can be difficult and you may be concerned about whether or not you would feel comfortable talking to someone, so I offer a free, no obligation meeting to explore how we might work together. If you would like to book this initial session please contact me.
If you are interested in EMDR please see the EMDR link above.
How CAT works
The aim of CAT is for us to work together to identify your unhelpful patterns of thinking and relating to others. It is an active therapy which focuses on personal change and I may ask you to do homework such as keeping a journal or another form of self-monitoring in between sessions. In therapy we will work together to map out and understand some of the unhelpful patterns that may be causing you difficulties in the way you treat yourself and interact with others. Sometimes, we think or behave in a way that can prevent us from living the life we want and CAT provides a supportive, therapeutic framework for understanding these patterns and where they came from so you can choose another way of being in the world. CAT is time-limited and normally takes place over 16 to 24 weekly sessions lasting for 50 minutes each, the precise number of sessions will be agreed between us. This link provides a brief overview of what you can expect from Cognitive Analytic Therapy and explains how we would work together.
This short video from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides an overview of CAT and shares some experiences of people who have done CAT therapy.
The Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) has a number of very useful information sheets which you can download below:
Is CAT right for me? This covers the types of problems CAT can help with
How does CAT work? This provides an overview of how it works and what to expect from your sessions
Clients’ personal stories. This provides a link to case histories of clients who have done CAT
What’s the difference between CAT and CBT? This provides an overview of both approaches and how they can help.