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The Cognitive Analytic Therapy model emphasises collaborative work with the client, and focuses on the understanding of the patterns of maladaptive behaviours. The aim of the therapy is to understand origins and recognition of these patterns, and subsequently to learn alternative ways in order to cope better.

CAT includes a number of terms which it defines in particular ways which can make it a confusing approach to get to grips with.

Recently the concept of core pain has been replaced by Reciprocal Roles and Reciprocal Role Procedure (Target Problem Procedure).


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