Cognitive Analytic Therapy

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)?

CAT is a relationship-based therapy. It shares many similarities with Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; it also draws upon cognitive theories to offer structure to the work. CAT is therefore considered to be a focussed and dynamic therapy, with particular emphasis on relationship patterns that have unintentionally come to be unhelpful or stuck.

In CAT, your therapist works collaboratively with you to explore events and relationships (often from childhood or earlier in life) that underlie your thoughts, feelings and actions now, especially how you feel in relation to people around you and to the circumstances of your life. We think about roles that we find ourselves in and patterns that we notice ourselves replaying.

Please visit the ACAT (Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy) website for further information


What can I expect?

  • At The Retreat, CAT is available with an accredited CAT practitioner and with psychologists trained across multiple therapy modalities.
  • CAT can be offered alongside other therapy modalities to allow different emphases .
  • CAT is often for a set number of sessions, with review points, to ensure that the focus of the work is relevant and that therapy is effective.

How To Access The Service

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment. 

To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 0161 445 2099.


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If you need to speak to us, we are here to help. Our team of qualified therapists are at your service in person, or via a video call.

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