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What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

As its name implies, Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) brings together theories and practises from both cognitive therapies and psychoanalytic approaches. A time-limited therapy, it is usually offered in courses of between 16 and 24 weekly sessions. The aim of Cognitive analytic therapy is to be an integration of useful, focused techniques that are quickly effective...

What is Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy?

Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT) is a short-term, highly structured form of psychotherapy that is used to treat depression and anxiety. A usual course of DIT consists of sixteen weekly sessions. DIT’s focus is on relationships, and helping clients understand the link between their low moods and the ways they are interacting with others. The idea...

Can Animals Improve Our Moods?

Whether you grew up with an animal pal, are an avid pet owner, or just enjoy playing with your friend’s dog or cat, for many of us there is a distinct and pure happiness associated with interacting with animals. But are animals just a happy furry distraction, or do they really have the power to...

What is Schizophrenia?

What is schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a common mental health disorder worldwide, with up to 2% of the population seen as exhibiting symptoms. The main factor with schizophrenia is a marked and consistent inability to differentiate between what is real and what isn’t real, generally involving hallucinations (false perceptions like voices) and delusions (a set of...

What Is the DSM and Can It Really Help You?

What is the DSM? You may have heard references made to the DSM in the media, or perhaps a health professional or therapist mentioned it to you. The DSM stands for “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” and is the most comprehensive American ‘guide book’ used for the classification and diagnosis of mental...

Choose Your Actions, Choose Your Mood – CBT Behavioral Interventions

Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) is centred around the relationship between how we think, feel, and act. While CBT sessions spend a fair amount of time looking at how you can monitor and change your thoughts and thus help your mood, another part of CBT is looking at the behavioral aspect of your low moods –...