Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is a time limited (16 to 24 sessions over 4 to 6 months) psychotherapy devised by Anthony Ryle, a prominent psychiatrist and psychotherapist.  It looks at our formative years and links them to unhelpful patterns of relating to both ourselves and others (reciprocal roles, snags, traps and dilemmas).

I chose to train in cognitive analytic therapy as it integrates all the important components of both cognitive and analytic therapy in a very coherent way.  Clients find the therapy sessions incredibly useful, being coherent and understandable, it allows people to feel contained and not overwhelmed.

Cognitive analytic therapy can be hugely beneficial to many people irrespective of them having a psychiatric diagnosis.


During our Therapy Sessions we will Explore...

  • Reformulation: looking back and exploring difficult formative years and how these experiences relate to current problems
  • Recognition; recognising unhelpful patterns or procedures in relation to self and others
  • Revision: focusing on positive changes and revising maladaptive procedures

In comparison to many other forms of therapy cognitive analytic therapy is very focused and collaborative with both myself and the patient taking an active role in the therapy.

 If you would like a more detailed explanation of cognitive analytic therapy and how it may help you please contact us and we will send you more information.

To book a psychotherapy assessment appointment please contact us.