Cognitive Analytical Therapy - CAT

CAT is a ‘talking treatment’ which is used widely and is popular because it has a clear, time limited way of addressing difficulties in a way which is open and ‘makes sense’. I use the CAT approach because of its emphasis on working together to understand patterns of thoughts, feelings and actions. It is tailored to an individual’s needs, and identifies manageable aims for taking steps towards change. This approach involves looking back to childhood to recognise how things seem to repeat in adulthood, and to understand the unconscious elements that guide us into often unhelpful ways of behaving. Do you recognise patterns? Questions like.... ‘why do I always end up feeling like this’, or ‘why

Overcoming Anxiety Disorders

Do you suffer from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia? if so you may have an anxiety disorder, but you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear. Treatment can help, and for many anxiety problems, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a good place to start. What are anxiety disorders? It is normal to feel anxious from time to time, but a person with an anxiety disorder has problems controlling their worries to such an extent that they interfere with everyday life. Anxiety disorders affect around 1 in 20 people in the UK. There are several recognised types of anxiety disorders, including: Panic disorder: People with this condition have feeling

How to be more...Authentic

A lady sipping coffee by the kitchen window was showing her husband how dirty her neighbour's laundry was. The husband in turn opened her eyes to the fact that it was not the dirty linen, but the stains on the kitchen window that needed cleaning! What seems true isn't always true. "We see things as we are and not as they are". Often we hear about authentic cuisine, best made from the region it originates from, by chefs who have been raised there. They draw upon fresh ingredients, together with time tested methods of preparations handed down from generations. But until we have actually tasted that food, we may hold onto the idea that what we’ve tried routinely, is the best. It’s all about ex

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