Practitioner training


Catalyse is one of the twelve training centres accredited by ACAT and offers an annual recruitment to a two year CAT Practitioner Training. This is the mainstay of developing competencies in cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), and the foundation for practising CAT as a form of psychotherapy.

CAT Therapists/Practitioners are entitled to use Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) protected title Psychological Therapist.

The Catalyse Practitioner course is  accredited by ACAT which is an organisational  member of UKCP.  Our Practitioner Training course is accredited as the first two years of the CAT psychotherapist training that can lead to full UKCP registration.

In 2023, Catalyse, along with three other CAT training centres covering the English regions, were awarded NHS England (NHSE) accredited training status. This provides funded training places, allocated by local NHS trusts, for those who meet criteria.

CAT Practitioner training is also accepted as a suitable course to enrol on the British Psychological Society’s independent route to training for the Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP). This is an integrated, doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for Chartered membership of the Society and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Catalyse, formerly CAT North, have been providing training in CAT since 1992. Its first formal annual intake for practitioner training was in 1999.

What’s it like to train with us?

Recent trainees and graduates have provided feedback on their training experience:

“An excellent psychotherapy practitioner level course that transformed the way I practice psychological therapy; I feel better able to help the clients and patients I work with and also to accept the help I cannot give.” (2018-2020 cohort)

“I have enjoyed the course and learned a great deal. I have especially enjoyed the teaching from people who really thoroughly know the model and are clearly motivated to help us learn in a supportive environment. I would highly recommend this course.”

“An excellent training course which links theory to practice and increases confidence in using the CAT model across presentations.”

“Thank you very much for an enjoyable two years, the skills of which will be used within my current job and hopefully future CAT workshops can add to this.”

“The course feels incredibly thorough – learning about the theory at the teaching days, talking about the research in seminar groups, being the CAT therapist and being the CAT client.

“Teaching and supervision are incredibly high standard.”
“I feel incredibly well ‘held’ by the course which is giving me the confidence to learn and develop.”

“…..please convey my gratitude to all the trainers, this course has immensely contributed to my personal and professional development.”

For details of our 2024~2026 CAT Practitioner Training Course, please click here.

Information about shorter CAT Skills training courses is available here.