What is the theory behind this Cognitive analytical therapy worksheet?
CAT stands for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. It is a form of therapy that inculcates multiple other therapies with-in itself and focuses on the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships pattern from childhood or earlier in life. To formulate the particular case, client and therapist collaborate by forming a map of the client’s problem. This map consists of three main parts, traps, dilemmas and snags. These are the unhealthy ways of thinking that prevent the individuals from getting what they want.
How will the worksheet help?
Through this worksheet, the clients will be able to have an overview of their problems. By drawing out on paper the behavior and thinking patterns that seem to keep the problem from emerging. As a result, they can devise healthy ways of doing things.
How to use this worksheet?
To use this worksheet, both the therapist and client can look together at what the client’s case contains. The first figure contains the dilemma, the second is the trap and third is the snag. Fill in the required information in its respective place.
Cognitive analytical therapy worksheet
Jefferis, S., Fantarrow, Z. and Johnston, L. (2021), The torchlight model of mapping in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) reformulation: A qualitative investigation. Psychol Psychother Theory Res Pract, 94: 137-150. https://doi.org/10.1111/papt.12311
Ryle, A., & Kerr, I. B. (2002). Introducing cognitive analytic therapy: Principles and practice. Wiley.
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