Is CAT a Cognitive Therapy?

No!!!!  CAT grew out of the work of Dr Anthony Ryle as he developed a cognitive psychological understanding of key ideas in the ‘object relations’  approach to psychoanalytic thought.
Yes!!!!   CAT is distinctively a Cognitive therapy in its use of the procedural sequences that link cognition, emotion, action and consequence in an appraisal system.  these are captured in user friendly ways by the psychotherapy file description of traps, snags and dilemmas……

Is CAT a Cognitive Therapy? jig-relatiopnships

No!!!!  CAT grew out of the work of Dr Anthony Ryle as he developed a cognitive psychological understanding of key ideas in the ‘object relations’  approach to psychoanalytic thought.  His aim was two fold: to develop a common and accessible language for the psychotherapies and to evaluate the outcome of psychotherapy by formulating a key pattern to describe the focus of therapy against which some degree of success or failure of the therapy could be evaluated.   In this way CAT is an analytic or relational therapy presented in a cognitive language. Its surface similarity to other cognitive therapies hides a deeper emphasis on how we relate to the world.

Yes!!!!   CAT is distinctively a Cognitive therapy in its use of the procedural sequences that,  even if they are born of role relationships,  are enacted in fundamentally cognitive ways as patterns of feeling, intention, assumption,  thought, behaviour and consequences.  If that is not cognitive I don’t know what is.

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