Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) evolved as an integration of theory and practice from various sources. In the course of its development a number of particular therapeutic methods have evolved and an underlying theoretical model has been elaborated. The main sources were cognitive psychology and cognitive psychotherapy on the one hand and psychanalytic object relations theory, restated in a more cognitive language, on the other. The method is marked by an emphasis on the process of reformulation of the patient’s problems, the resulting descriptions being used as a “scaffolding” within which a range of therapeutic methods may be applied. Cognitive-behavioral methods and the use of transference are combined with the use of these descriptions by both therapist and patient as tools of understanding and change. A full account of the approach will be found in Ryle (1990).
KeywordsPersonality Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Target Problem Mood Swing Personality Structure
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