19. Using Cognitive Analytic Therapy to Understand and Treat People with Eating Disorders

  1. John R. E. Fox2 and
  2. Ken P. Goss3
  1. Adrian Newell

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch19

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Newell, A. (2012) Using Cognitive Analytic Therapy to Understand and Treat People with Eating Disorders, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Leamington Spa, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910

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Keywords:

  • anorexia nervosa (AN);
  • bulimia nervosa;
  • cognitive analytic therapy (CAT);
  • eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS);
  • eating disorders (EDs)

Summary

Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) approach has been shown to be a useful framework for the consideration of complex disorders. The chapter starts with a summary of CAT for those less familiar with the model. It then describes the development of the CAT model of anorexia nervosa (AN) with a brief outline on its treatment. The modifications required in applying the approach to bulimia and related eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) conditions are considered. The required modifications are overall structure, assessment and reformulation stages, recognition phase, ruptures in the therapeutic relationship, revision and endings. The chapter ends with a case to illustrate how the model can be used with clients with eating disorders (EDs). It is hoped that the development of this model will enable a greater standardization of the treatment method used in such randomized control trials (RCTs) and consequently aid the validity of the research.