CAT is another collaborative approach which draws on ideas from analytic psychology and cognitive therapy. A CAT therapist will help you challenge learned attitudes and beliefs about yourself and others. It is an approach that allows you to acknowledge and accept difficult feelings and examine ways that you’ve survived these, in a safe environment.
CAT is suited to understanding the role of food and eating in our lives as it focuses on repeated unhelpful patterns and the feelings underlying these to enable you to make better choices.
CAT is usually between 6 and 24 sessions and involves a ‘reformulation’ which maps your personal history and life experiences in the context of repeating patterns, especially in relationships to understand past and current difficulties. Central to change through CAT is the understanding that you may be stuck repeating patterns which cause you distress but which you find hard to stop.