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.

So….

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 March
Fr
Sa
Su
Mo
Tu
We
Th
11st March 2019
CPD Event: Research Conference - organised jointly by ACAT and Catalyse
2
3
4
5
66th March 2019
CAT Introductory Event: ACAT: Two Day Introduction to CAT
7
88th March 2019
CPD Event: ACAT: Out of control sexual behaviour
99th March 2019
CPD Event: CAT Nature Retreat - offered by CAT Cumbria
10
1111th March 2019
CPD Event: How to run a successful private practice: all you need to know - offered by Become Psychology
12
13
14
1515th March 2019
CPD Event: ACAT: CAT for psychosis: a relational approach
16
17
1818th March 2019
Special Interest Group Event: CAT-TAST SIG meeting
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
2727th March 2019
CPD Event: Trainers and Supervisors Meeting
28
2929th March 2019
CPD Event: ACAT: CAT with Couples
CPD Event: Forensic CAT Conference - offered by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV)
30
31

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Maria Cross

ACAT Administrator:Alison Marfell

ACAT Financial Administrator:Louise Barter

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
Dorchester
DT1 9DL
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Email:admin@acat.me.uk

Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

News from ACAT

New blog: 'Dilemmas of Desire: How CAT May Help Chemsex-related Distress' New blog: 'Dilemmas of Desire: How CAT May Help Chemsex-related Distress'...

ACAT Website Gets Mobile-Friendly Last week ACAT's website was updated to use a "responsive" design framework. This means it now works properly on mobile devices and tablets as well as on laptops and desktop computers....

Click to read all news

Help

This site has recently been updated to be Mobile Friendly. We are working through the pages to check everything is working properly. If you spot a problem please email support@acat.me.uk and we'll look into it. Thank you.