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90 Minute Workshop Series

Reflections on using Cognitive Analytic Therapy with Dissociative Identity Disorder

(This will be aimed at all participants and no previous knowledge of CAT is required)


This seminar will be looking at how Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) may be able to contribute to the understanding and working with dissociation, parts and self-states. I will provide a general overview of CAT with some explanation of CAT theory in relation to trauma, dissociation and personality organization (Ryle, 1997, Pollock, 2001, Ryle and Kerr, 2002). Through use of video clips and exercises we will look at reciprocal roles: a term used in CAT to make sense of how a range of relationship experiences (e.g. caring – cared for; critical – criticised) have been internalised. In turn these can then affect our current interpersonal relationships leading to various procedures or ‘patterns’ that may be helpful or unhelpful. I will reflect on the use of CAT’s different tools (maps, reformulation letters, end of therapy letters etc), drawing on clinical cases to consider CAT’s contributions, and limitations, in providing support and treatment when working with DID presentation.

Presenter: Dr Rosemary Carter

Dr Rosemary Carter is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Analytic Practitioner (Supervisor in Training); Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She has worked in Community Mental Health Services (Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust) for 23 years; additionally she has worked with St Stephens Society, Drug Rehabilitation, Hong Kong for 5 years prior to this. She has a particular interest in working with people who have experienced trauma and provides therapy for psychosis, dissociation, bipolar etc. She has also been involved in developing a group programme/service (for women who have experienced Childhood sexual abuse) combining Art Psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (GCBApT) with positive outcomes in self-esteem, depression and overall psychological well being (to be published shortly)