Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a relational and integrative time-limited therapy usually provided over 8 to 24 sessions, and typically 16.   It involves a way of understanding mental health difficulties in terms of how we relate to ourselves and others, most often due to patterns developed from how others related to us in our early lives.  CAT can also be used to enable mental health teams to look at how they approach clients and their difficulties especially when there are complex presentations.  CAT was developed by the late Dr Tony Ryle (1927 – 2016) in the context of the National Health Service in the UK however it is now available in many other countries worldwide including Ireland. (See http://internationalcat.org)


The Irish Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ICAT) is the national organisation for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and CAT Therapists in Ireland.  It is a limited company registered with the Irish companies office since 2006.  ICAT is validated by ICATA, the International Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (http://internationalcat.org) in order to accredit CAT training courses and CPD activities in Ireland.


We are a small but active Irish CAT community.  We have completed a range of trainings as CAT Practitioners, CAT Supervisors and CAT Psychotherapists.  Most of us are currently employed in the Irish public health services working as Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Social Workers and Counsellor/Therapists.


Currently we are running our third, level one skills training course (2016/2017).  Participants are mental health professionals employed in the Irish public service.  There are plans to offer a level two practitioner programme later this year for those who have successfully completed one of our level one courses.  There will also be an annual CPD event later this year open to those interested in finding out more about CAT.