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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy also known as CAT, is a flexible psychological therapy or “talking treatment” which has been developed to meet the needs of the majority of clients who are looking for psychological therapy.   It is often helpful when there is more than one psychological problem or difficulty that you want to deal with.

Ways of coping which worked well for you earlier on in your life may not be so helpful now, and you may feel as if you are “going round in circles”, or stuck in unhelpful relationships – so if you can come to understand these patterns, you have a chance to change them.  You may want to develop new ways of feeling, thinking and living.  Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a “user-friendly” and collaborative treatment that is always tailored to your unique issues, your aims and your goals.

What does the Therapy involve?

CAT’s unique feature is that it can deal with a variety of psychological symptoms (such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders) and/or relationship problems within one single course of treatment, in a clear and structured way. CAT is not a “hands on” way of helping – instead, you and your therapist will sit together for up to an hour at a time in a calm and relaxed environment, working out between you some new and helpful ways to deal with your difficulties.

Following initial assessment, CAT therapists usually offer 16 weekly sessions, although sometimes 24 sessions are needed for more complex problems. At the start your CAT therapist may ask you to complete a questionnaire. After a few more sessions s/he will write you a personal letter and draw you a “personal map”, explaining how your difficulties have come about, what is keeping them going now, and what you may be able to do to change your life for the better.

In between meetings you will be putting your new understanding into practice and starting to make changes. You and your therapist will review your progress at the end, and follow-up sessions are available to help you reinforce your progress.

What are the Benefits?

CAT is specifically mentioned in the NICE guidelines as a treatment for eating disorders and borderline personality disorder, but it is also used for bereavement, depression, stress, anxiety and mood problems, issues of abuse or self-harm, work or relationship problems and some physical health issues.

At Jesmond Therapy Centre we can offer therapists who practice CAT to individuals. CAT therapists always work at a pace which you can manage so that you do not feel too overwhelmed by your difficulties and CAT aims to enhance your sense of well-being.


Assessment                                                    £80.00
50 minutes                                                     £68.00 

Booking and Cancellation
Full payment for your first therapy session will be taken in advance, at the time of booking (the Agency Fee).
As our appointments are in high demand, we require at least 48 hours notice to cancel your appointment.
Where 48 hours or more notice has been given, your session fee will be refunded less a cancellation fee of £15.00. 
Where less than 48 hours notice is given, the session will be charged in full and there will be no refund. 

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