Opening a Dialogue: Using Cognitive Analytic Therapy with Depressed Men
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This chapter examines the use of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) with men who are experiencing depression. It is argued that since CAT can be seen as a radically interpersonal, humane and transparent psychotherapy which takes as its focus the developmental experiences of an individual and how these may be later unhelpfully and—to begin with—unwittingly re-enacted, CAT can be a particularly useful model to use when working with adult men. By paying careful attention to the therapeutic alliance, we suggest, on the basis of our clinical experience, that CAT can be an excellent vehicle via which many men can come into open, honest contact with previously disavowed feelings, integrating them into their self-understanding—and so take a significant step forward in their recovery.
KeywordsCognitive Analytic Therapy CAT Depression Men
The authors would like to thank Philip for kindly allowing his material to be used in this chapter; and Dr. Mark Westacott for his insights and support during the writing process.
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