Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Distinctive Features, 1st Edition


Cognitive Analytic Therapy: Distinctive Features offers an introduction to what is distinctive about this increasingly popular method. Written by three Cognitive Analytic Therapists, with many years’ experience, it provides an accessible, bitesize overview of this increasingly used psychological therapy. Using the popular Distinctive Features format, this book describes 15 theoretical features and 15 practical techniques of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

Cognitive Analytic Therapy will be a valuable source for students, professionals in training and practising therapists, as well as other psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals wishing to learn more about the distinctive features of this important therapy.


  • PART 1
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Development of Cognitive Analytic Therapy
  • Chapter 2: Development of Reciprocal Roles
  • Chapter 3: Development of survival strategies
  • Chapter 4: Contribution of cognitive theories
  • Chapter 5: Contribution of object relations theories
  • Chapter 6: Dialogic perspective
  • Chapter 7: Procedural Sequence Object Relations Model
  • Chapter 8: Multiple Self States Model
  • Chapter 9: Transference and countertransference
  • Chapter 10: Structure of CAT and the three R’s
  • Chapter 11: Reformulation
  • Chapter 12: Recognition
  • Chapter 13: Revision
  • Chapter 14: Ending
  • Chapter 15: Empirical Matters
  • PART 2
  • Chapter 16 Therapeutic Stance
  • Chapter 17 Suitability for CAT
  • Chapter 18 Assessment and Case Conceptualisation
  • Chapter 19 Writing a reformulation letter
  • Chapter 20 Mapping
  • Chapter 21 Development of the “Observing Eye”
  • Chapter 22 Developing Exits
  • Chapter 23 Developing Healthy Reciprocal Roles
  • Chapter 24 When therapy gets stuck
  • Chapter 25 Ending and writing a goodbye letter
  • Chapter 26 Working with Complexity
  • Chapter 27 The versatility of CAT
  • Chapter 28 Group work
  • Chapter 29 Indirect work
  • Chapter 30 Afterthoughts

Author Bio:

Claire Corbridge is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CAT practitioner and supervisor. She has extensive experience of working in adult mental health services in the NHS.

Laura Brummer is a Clinical Psychologist, CAT practitioner and supervisor working in the NHS in Mental Health Services and in private practice.

Philippa Coid is a Consultant Psychotherapist who has been treating people with CAT for over 25 years. She also has extensive experience as a CAT trainer and supervisor.