We consider having therapy for many different reasons. We perhaps feel we are not coping well with life or an area of our life such as relationships or work. Or we have suffered a loss or trauma and don't seem to be able to move forward. We may be experiencing depression, high anxiety, burn out, an addiction problem and want help to understand what has led to this and what we can do about it. Sometimes we feel we are in self-destruct mode but don't know how to break out of these patterns. Many of us are just not sure why we feel, think and behave the way we do and want or need the opportunity to try and understand ourselves more in a safe, non-judgemental environment where we can reflect, and explore ways to feel more content and satisfied with our lives.
"At times I feel intense feelings of sadness, loss, and insecurity about myself as a person, my future and those around me. Having had CAT therapy with Beckie I am now able to notice and own those feelings, understand where they come from and make choices about how I treat myself. With Beckie's kind, warm nature, thoughtful insights and compassion I felt safe to understand my interactions with others and explore new ways of being. I now feel more able to ask for help when I need it, more honest with others and more able to care for myself when I need to. I will be eternally grateful for this life changing experience. Thank you Beckie."
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Is CAT for me?
- Do you find yourself making the same mistakes in life, time and time again? Like starring in different films but with similar scripts?
- Do you feel you get caught up in “vicious circles” especially in relationships?
- Do you question if some of the decisions you make in life seem to sabotage your success and happiness?
- Do you wonder if some of the ways you learnt to cope when you were younger are perhaps not helping you now, but you don’t know what to do about it?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then CAT may well be of benefit to you.
What to expect from Cognitive Analytic Therapy?
CAT will help identify and understand the patterns that emerged in relating to others, yourself and the world as a way of coping during your early life. You will see how these patterns (procedures) may now be unhelpful, be getting in the way of change and be connected to the problems that led you to seek help through therapy. This will be the focus of the first few sessions through an exploration of your life history and experiences.
Once these patterns have been identified and understood you will be encouraged to notice and recognise how they occur in your daily life and relationships outside of the sessions, and we will explore how you might begin to “soften” and revise the patterns. Your resources and strengths will be valued and built upon and together with the insights and skills you gain, the aim will be that you feel more empowered to continue making changes when the therapy has ended.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy:
- Is time-limited, usually 16 - 24 (weekly) sessions, with a 1 month follow up. This will be agreed with you after the initial consultation.
- Is cognitive in that it makes full use of your ability to observe and think about yourself, your assumptions, your feelings and your behaviour.
- Is analytic in that unacknowledged, unconscious factors are explored and worked with, and their impact is recognised. In addition, the therapist-client relationship is understood and used to help bring about insights in other relationships you have.
- Is integrated in that a cohesive body of theory has been developed with a unique understanding of personality and development. It emphasises the interplay between thought processes, feelings, actions and consequences.
- Is an effective way of developing self-awareness and personal development with a growing body of research and evaluation.
- Focuses on your capacity for self-help and develops resources for understanding and changing your unhelpful coping procedures.
Please go to the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy website which provides a more in depth overview of CAT and what to expect from therapy www.acat.me.uk