Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is based on the theory that mental health conditions such as anorexia are caused by unhealthy patterns of behavior and thinking developed in the past, usually during childhood.
CAT involves a three-stage process:
- reformulation – looking at past events that may explain why the unhealthy patterns developed
- recognition – helping people see how these patterns are contributing towards the anorexia
- revision – identifying changes that can break these unhealthy patterns