Cognitive Analytical Therapy or CAT is a time-limited, solution-focussed therapy, with a greater emphasis on how past events such as your childhood may have shaped your current thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is commonly used to help people who have faced problems for a long period of time.
CAT uses similar techniques to CBT, with a greater emphasis on past events
A therapist or psychiatrist will work with you to identify how your problems have evolved and establish why your current coping mechanisms, which are likely to have been used for a number of years, may now be inefective.
Techniques used in CAT are similar to those used in CBT and, similarly, the aim is to help you quickly develop new, effective coping mechanisms, to reduce the need for ongoing therapy.