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Cognitive analytical therapy

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What is cognitive analytical therapy (CAT)?

  • Cognitive analytical therapy is an integrated effective therapy, it uses a collaborative approach to look at the way you think, feel and behave.
  • It looks at previously learned patterns of thinking or behaving that have contributed to difficulties and finding new ways of addressing them within yourself.
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health issues, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. View common issues here.
  • Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your CAT therapist.
  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy is delivered  in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.

How do I access it? 

  • You will first need an assessment  with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that CAT is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for CAT as soon as one becomes available.

Who supports me?

  • A CAT therapist will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes.

What are the benefits?

  • CAT can enable you to think differently about yourself.
  • CAT can help you achieve your goals in life by looking at your difficulties, how they started and how they are affecting your daily life, relationships and choices.
  • CAT is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

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