Using elements of both cognitive therapy and psychoanalysis, it helps you recognise and change ways of thinking and acting, but also looks to your past to discover how these habits developed.
CAT aims to be more client-friendly, personal and flexible than other forms of therapy. So it has a focus on the client not being a ‘patient’ but rather a collaborator, and lets you decide your own goals for therapy.
CAT therapy hones in on:
how your problems and challenges are relational
how you relate to others and yourself
what you want to get out of therapy and change in your life
Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT)believes that the way we relate to others causes our low moods, and that these ways of relating were learned in childhood. By identifying our habits of relating and working to learn new ways of dealing with others, we improve our wellbeing.
It is the other short-term therapy for relationship issues, often offered in a course of sixteen sessions. It rises from psychodynamic therapy, and unlike CAT, dynamic interpersonal therapy is very structured.
uses the client/therapist relationship to stand in for the parent you never had.
Schema therapy is particularly recommended if you tend to have very intense relationships that fall apart one after the other, or have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or any other personality disorder. But it also helps with relationship problems in general, including things like fear of intimacy, low self-esteem, and anger management.