What to expect
The first session involves general discussion about your current difficulties and an initial exploration of your early life experiences.
CAT will be more fully explained before you decide to commit to therapy. The number of sessions will be provisionally negotiated.
After three or four sessions of assessment, I would normaly write and read out to you a personal letter- known as a reformulation letter-describing observed underlying difficulties and themes. Together we will also devise a visual map of your patterns of behaviour and how they affect your relationship with yourself and others. This is unique to CAT and becomes a major tool and anchor from which to work.
We work on further recognition and understanding of why you experience difficulties. We develop ‘exits’- which are varying means of shifting on-going patterns of behaviour. Sometimes ‘homework’ tasks are agreed upon to safely test out our ideas for making changes.
Well ahead of our final session, we look at ending and how you have experienced endings in the past. We will explore how to move beyond therapy- so that you can harness your new awareness to work effectively with whatever life may send your way. A summary ‘goodbye’ letter is shared.
Throughout, an absolute priority is to be non-judgemental and emotionally supportive as we work along- side each other.
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A good source for more information is the ACAT web site