Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Informed Therapy
Caroline completed the CAT Practitioner training in 2011 and uses aspects of the model in her therapy work, although is not currently an accredited CAT therapist.
CAT mainly focuses on the way we relate to ourselves and others. It can help with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, low self-esteem, feeling repeatedly let down, hurt or rejected, or acting in ways that are self-defeating or unhelpful e.g. always trying to please others.
It is based on the idea that as children we cope with difficult situations by developing strategies to manage them. These strategies, or patterns of how we think, feel and act, develop to help us cope. However if we continue to use them even when they are no longer needed, these patterns may lead to difficulties and we can become stuck in them. For example if a child grows up in a household where they are often criticised, they may feel as if they are not good enough, and develop a pattern of striving to please others to avoid being criticised. They may develop a tendency to always put others’ needs first and neglect their own, which can lead to feeling taken for granted. The aim of CAT is to help to identify these patterns and find “escape routes” out of them to find new ways of relating to ourselves and others.