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Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Distinctive Features, 1st Edition

By Claire Corbridge, Laura Brummer, Philippa Coid


172 pages

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Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Distinctive Features offers an introduction to what is distinctive about this increasingly popular method. Written by three Cognitive Analytic Therapists, with many years’ experience, it provides an accessible, bitesize overview of this increasingly used psychological therapy. Using the popular Distinctive Features format, this book describes 15 theoretical features and 15 practical techniques of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy will be a valuable source for students, professionals in training and practising therapists, as well as other psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals wishing to learn more about the distinctive features of this important therapy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Development of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Chapter 2: Development of Reciprocal Roles

Chapter 3: Development of survival strategies

Chapter 4: Contribution of cognitive theories

Chapter 5: Contribution of object relations theories

Chapter 6: Dialogic perspective

Chapter 7: Procedural Sequence Object Relations Model

Chapter 8: Multiple Self States Model

Chapter 9: Transference and countertransference

Chapter 10: Structure of CAT and the three R’s

Chapter 11: Reformulation

Chapter 12: Recognition

Chapter 13: Revision

Chapter 14: Ending

Chapter 15: Empirical Matters


Chapter 16 Therapeutic Stance

Chapter 17 Suitability for CAT

Chapter 18 Assessment and Case Conceptualisation

Chapter 19 Writing a reformulation letter

Chapter 20 Mapping

Chapter 21 Development of the "Observing Eye"

Chapter 22 Developing Exits

Chapter 23 Developing Healthy Reciprocal Roles

Chapter 24 When therapy gets stuck

Chapter 25 Ending and writing a goodbye letter

Chapter 26 Working with Complexity

Chapter 27 The versatility of CAT

Chapter 28 Group work

Chapter 29 Indirect work

Chapter 30 Afterthoughts

About the Authors

Claire Corbridge is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CAT practitioner and supervisor. She has extensive experience of working in adult mental health services in the NHS.

Laura Brummer is a Clinical Psychologist, CAT practitioner and supervisor working in the NHS in Mental Health Services and in private practice.

Philippa Coid is a Consultant Psychotherapist who has been treating people with CAT for over 25 years. She also has extensive experience as a CAT trainer and supervisor.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health