Cognitive Analityc Therapy (CAT) is a recently new time-limited model of psychotherapy (4-24 sessions) and applicable within a variety of settings, and across a range of disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems). CAT focuses its attention on discovering how problems have evolved and how the procedures devised to cope with them may be ineffective. Problems are understood in the light of patients’ personal histories and life experiences, with the focus being on recognising how these coping procedures originated and how they can be adapted and improved. The psychotherapeutic work is active and shared with the use of diagrams and written outlines that help to recognise, challenge and revise old dysfunctional patterns. The application of CAT, both in an individual and group format, in the specific context of oncology can contribute to deal with the different possible emotional problems showed by cancer patients and their families, including grief. Cancer care professionals also can benefit by a CAT approach allowing the use of a common framework and language to enable and support work with 'difficult' and 'complex' situations
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