How can I get to see a CAT therapist

Many CAT therapists (practitioners) and psychotherapists work in the NHS but not all localities have CAT services. It is sometimes offered in primary care.  There are many secondary care and specialist CAT services often for clients with complex needs. CAT may be available within some voluntary organisations providing therapy services, through private healthcare organisations as well as some university counselling services.  Your GP should be able to advise you on access to local resources and refer you on if you both feel it is appropriate.  There are therapists / practitioners and psychotherapists who provide CAT privately and you can find a link to the list of private therapists below.   

What Qualifications Can I Expect the Therapist to Have?

ACAT can confirm that all the therapists listed on the ACAT Register are accredited CAT Therapists / Practitioners or Psychotherapists.  Some therapists work privately, and some work in the NHS or other organisations.

CAT Therapists / Practitioners usually have either core training as a mental health professional (e.g. as a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist,) with a minimum of two years post-qualification experience, or previous training in counselling to an accredited level followed by a two year training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy with accreditation following successful completion.

CAT Psychotherapists have qualified as CAT Therapists / Practitioners and have undertaken an additional in-depth two year training leading to this qualification.

Members of ACAT adhere to a Code of Ethics and there is a formal complaints procedure to protect clients.  All practitioners and psychotherapists are in supervision for their clinical work.

To search the register for an Accredited therapist click here.

To find an Accredited Private CAT therapist click here.


CAT was designed and has developed to help therapists form a respectful, trusting and open-minded relationship with each different client in order to establish a dialogue that explores the underlying meaning of identified problems and obstacles in a person’s life. Through collaboration and reflection on experiences in the therapy relationship and the person’s real life, new ways of dealing with problems, conflicts and distress can be tried out and become established. This can lead to real hope and change for the better for the client and for those close to them.

You may feel nervous about coming to talk to someone you have never met before about your problems.  This is natural and we aim to provide a safe and non-judgemental space in which you are able to talk about what is troubling you at your own pace, respecting of gender , sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religion or other individual differences.  Our approach has always attempted to identify and build on people’s strengths and resources whilst at the same time enabling them to creatively look at and overcome their problems.

ACAT Calendar for October
77th October 2016
CPD Event: ACAT: Personal Reformulation
1010th October 2016
CPD Event: 5 day module on CAT - offered by Sussex Partnership Trust & Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
1212th October 2016
CAT Introductory Event: Two Day Introduction to CAT - offered by South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
1414th October 2016
Exam Board, London
Training Committee, London
Trustees, London
1515th October 2016
CPD Event: Being with the ZPD - offered by CAT South
2121st October 2016
CPD Event: ACAT: Setting Up in Private Practice
2424th October 2016
CPD Event: Using CAT Concepts to Resolve Conflict - Bespoke
3131st October 2016
ACAT Membership Renewals

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Susan Van Baars

Administrators:Maria Cross
Alison Marfell

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Office Hours:Monday to Thursday
9am to 5pm

News from ACAT

29th September 2016 - Dr Tony Ryle It is with great sadness we let ACAT members know that Dr Tony Ryle died peacefully on Thursday, 29th September, 2016 surrounded by family members. He was 89. This news will be deeply felt by the CAT community both in the UK and overseas. ACAT sends ...

ACAT Elects Trustees at its 2016 AGM Click here to catch up on the election of ACAT Trustees at the AGM held on June, 2016............

CAT and Intellectual Disabilities - included in new report from BPS and RCPsych The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society have just published a report “Psychological Therapies and People with Intellectual Disabilities”....

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