Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a time-limited integrative psychotherapy developed in the United Kingdom by Anthony Ryle (1927– ) during the 1980s and designed to be an in-depth and affordable approach, originally developed for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). CAT initially integrated aspects of psychodynamic psychotherapy and personal construct/cognitive psychology to provide a collaborative method of working with clients and a relational model of personality development and psychopathology where the self is socially formed and evolves throughout the life span in its continuing dialogue with others. CAT focuses on what the client brings to the therapy, and the therapist’s ideas are shared explicitly with the client in the form of letters and maps. CAT is centrally concerned with establishing and maintaining a respectful ...

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