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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) for psychosis

Contrasts and parallels with attachment theory and implications for practice
WithPeter James Taylor, Claire Seddon

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is an integrative model of therapy widely used within the UK and elsewhere. At the core of this approach is an emphasis on relationships and relational dynamics that carries many parallels with attachment theory. CAT is now being used more in the context of psychosis, although the evidence base in support of this approach is still limited. This chapter explores the use of CAT within the context of psychosis and its parallels and differences with attachment theory. We argue that CAT provides one means of embedding the ideas and concepts of attachment theory into therapeutic work with individuals with experiences of psychosis. This is explored with a clinical case example.