What Is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

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So you have decided that therapeutic support might just help you. Great! Now, your journey to improving your mental health can move onto the next step: finding a therapeutic method that suits you and your needs. During the course of this blog post, we will discuss just one of these methods: Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

What Is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

Cognitive Analytics Therapy, or CAT as it is commonly called, is defined by the National Health Service (NHS) as: “a talking therapy that mainly focuses on relationship patterns”.

At its core, CAT aims to help participants collaboratively look at the way they think, feel, and act. In doing this, the relationships that underpin these feelings and actions can be uncovered.

As is true with many talking therapies, Cognitive Analytic Therapy relies on the positive relationship therapist and patient are able to build. When this trust is established, progress can be made when it comes to delving into the reason certain choices are made.

Talking Therapy

Talking therapy may seem like an odd term. And in truth, it is! But that doesn’t take away from the value therapeutic support such as this can provide.

As explained by NHS England, talking therapies are psychological treatments for mental and emotional problems like stress, anxiety, and depression.

There are many different types of talking therapy, from psychodynamic psychotherapy to cognitive behavioural therapy.

Why Choose Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

While some therapies look to treat a particular condition or diagnosis, this is not true of all kinds of therapy. Cognitive Analytic Therapy looks to treat challenges a number of conditions by focusing on their route cause.

Fundamentally, it practices treating ‘the person’ rather than ‘the condition’. And in doing this, it can be made person-specific.

To find out more about Cognitive Analytic Therapy, or to speak with our team regarding the therapeutic support we offer at The British CBT & Counselling service, feel free to get in touch!

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