About Cognitive Analytic Therapy 

In the new book Therapy with a Map the contribution of cognitive analytic therapy is described as follows:   

Ryle brings people and ideas together in an open dialogue which would not have otherwise taken place.

 

He sees psychoanalysis through a cognitive lens.  

 

He sees the importance of our earliest patterns of relating because we were then developing formative and habitual patterns of hurting or helping ourselves and others at this time. 

 

He knows our personalities and identities are complex but we have to find tools and methods to simplify them enough to reflect on them and keep them in mind enough to change them day by day.  Ryle's simplifying, but not too simple ideas, were to map patterns of mutual interaction within and between us which he summarised as reciprocal role procedures.  

 

Ryle developed a way of notating these in a diagram on paper and others further elaborated this such that it was relatively easier to move between micro and macro perspective, see parts of ourselves in relation to the whole picture and see how past and present ways of interacting are repeated. 

For more information and resources relating to CAT:

Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)

International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association