Cognitive analytic therapy. Article, 2006
Handbook of counselling and psychotherapy. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications,
2006. ISBN 1-4129-0275-4
Part 5, p. 317 – 322
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Cognitive Analytic Therapy (widely known as CAT) was developed by Anthony Ryle in the 1980s while he was Consultant Psychotherapist at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. This approach developed out of various strands of Ryle’s research interests and clinical experience: (a) Kelly’s Personal Construct approach and in particular the Repertory Grid depiction of the predictability of interpersonal interaction; (b) Alexander’s and French’s focus on active intervention on specific psychodynamic issues; (c) the diagrammatic description of the psychological process developed by Mardi Horowitz in his ground-breaking attempt to map different ‘states of mind’ and the procedures effecting shifts between them; and (d) the identification of several types of commonly repeated interpersonal procedures which were then presented to patients for personal customization and rating of applicability. These and several other features (Ryle, 1990) have been incorporated into the CAT integration of cognitive-behavioural and object-relations thinking and practice.