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- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
I am a Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist and Supervisor (UKCP reg'd). CAT is for people with unhelpful patterns that affect their self-to-other and self-to-self interactions. Usually 16 weekly one hour sessions to complete, CAT sees patterns as 'roles' played to an 'audience' of self or other. We work on adjusting the script, voice and, 'appearance' of the roles by reflecting on personal history, beliefs, and attitudes. Our work is summarised in jointly prepared letters, diagrams, questionnaires, and self-statement help lists.
Areas of interest
Relational problems; Eating disorders; Appearance issues; Depression and anxiety; Individual therapy
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Dr Elia page: http://therapy-elia.co.uk
- Royal Society of Medicine: https://rsm.ac.uk
- Dr Irene Elia: http://www.ukcp.org.uk
I am a qualified Biological Anthropologist. In 2013, The Quarterly Review of Biology published my article, A Foxy View of Human Beauty: implications of the farm fox experiment for understanding the origins of structural and experiential aspects of facial attractiveness, as its lead article in volume 88/3.
Physical anthropology informs my practice of psychotherapy through broader understanding of genetics, selective pressures (including social ones), physiology, and anatomy.
Council of Christians and Jews - merit award for local chapter Convenor work in Cambridge
Dr Irene Elia sole author: The Female Animal. Oxford University Press. 1985.
Adoptive Lactation. Nursing Standard. Autumn 1994.
A foxy view of human beauty: implications of the farm fox experiment for understanding the origins of structural and experiential aspects of facial attractiveness. Quarterly Review of Biology. Sept. 2013, vol 88, number 3.
Courses offered to GPs
Ten session introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy. Held for groups of psych professionals and trainees.
Mirror, voice, and reciprocal roles. A one day workshop on using mirrors and mirroring to understand reciprocal role patterns in CAT.
All clients who complete Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) write a goodbye letter, summarising what has been learned and what yet needs to be worked on. The client and I exchange our goodbye letters in the penultimate (usually 15th) session of CAT. There is a follow-up meeting at three months, and more than 90% of clients do not require further sessions. Less than 1% of clients have terminated before completing the course, during the 15 years I have been in practice.
- Advanced Psychotherapist Certificate ACAT; Supervisor Certificate ACAT; Diploma of Clinical Psychotherapy GKT; MSc Mental Health Studies U of London, Guy's University of London and Guy's Hospital 2000
- PhD Biological Anthropology The City University of New York 1975
Affiliations / memberships
Royal Society of Medicin
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
- 1 Solent House Cuckoo Lane SOUTHAMPTON SO14 2AN
- 11:00 - 16:00
- 01223 561781
- 80 HIGHSETT CAMBRIDGE CB2 1NZ
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- 01223 561781
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.