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Wednesday, June 03, 2009 UKLisa, Community Member, asks

Q: Cognative analytical therapy

I am due to have the first of 5 sessions this month, i wondered if anyone else had done this and what it was like, i will be seen by two Dr's at the same time (psychologists)

Am a bit anxious as i am not sure what to expect

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psychoward1, Community Member
6/ 3/09 6:35pm

Here is an explanantion of CAT,


Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) was developed by Anthony Ryle. This brief therapy was developed in the context of the National Health Servicein the United Kingdom with the aim of providing effective and affordable psychological treatment which could be realistically provided in a resource constrained National Health Service.

CAT further evolved as an integrated therapy based on ideas from psychoanalytic therapy, cognitive therapy and Vygotskian ideas.

The model gives emphasis on collaborative work with the client, and focuses on the understanding of the patterns of maladaptive behaviours. The aim of the therapy is to enable the client to recognise these patterns and understand their origins, and subsequently to learn alternative strategies in order to cope better. CAT includes terms such as SnagsDilemmasTraps,and Sequential Diagrammatic Reformulation. Recently the concept ofcore pain has been replaced by Reciprocal Roles and Reciprocal Role Procedure (Target Problem Procedure).

Typically the therapy comprises 16 sessions. In the first 4 - 6 sessions the therapist collects all the relevant information. After that, the therapist writes a reformulation letter to the client. This letter summarises the therapist's understanding of the client's problems. Particular attention is given to understanding the connection between childhood patterns of behaviour and their impact on adult life.


Cognitive therapy is becoming a widely used tool in treating many different issues psychologicaly and physically. You might want to do some research on it, maybe get a book. There also information regarding Cognitive Based Therapy that night help. Its all about understanding the mind and training it to react differently. In the setting of Tinnitus(which I have) the attempt is to train the mind to ignore the sound which tinnitus produces.  It also uses meditatiion practices. Meditation has helped me greatly in my health struggles.


If you have any questions feel free to post again or write me personally.



psychoward1, Community Member
6/ 3/09 6:37pm

Sorry, the link for that information is here.

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By UKLisa, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 06/03/09