Dr Kim Dent-Brown, CPsychol, AFBPsS
I am a Chartered Psychologist and a practitioner of CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy). CAT is a fixed-term (usually sixteen sessions plus one follow up) psychological therapy, where client and therapist work collaboratively towards some agreed goals. It is very similar to CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in being practical, solution-focused and in aiming to help you think about and understand your difficulties and the solutions to them. This is the 'C' in CAT. But there are differences from CBT too; CAT practitioners like me are also interested in creative approaches, dreams, stories, early life experiences and the ways these influence us today. This is the 'A' in CAT.
The first four or so sessions of CAT form an extended assessment at the end of which I draft a letter to you called the formulation letter. This tries to draw together everything you have told me and tentatively explain how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour might be explained and understood. The letter forms the basis for the rest of the work we do. Over succeeding weeks we try together to map out how you might start to revise some of your previous patterns so that you can live life differently. At the end of the weekly sessions we make a plan to meet for one final follow up session 1-3 months after the end of therapy.
There is an article here about CAT: https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/cognitive-analytic-therapy.html
And you can read more about CAT on the external website of the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) at: http://acat-me.uk On that site you can also check my status as a qualified CAT practitioner.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2015 Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- 2015 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 2014 Chartered Psychologist
- 2011 Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy
- 2005 PhD in Clinical Psychology
- 2004 Postgraduate Diploma in Research Training
- 1998 Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
- 1994 Advanced Diploma in Dramatherapy
- 1992 BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
- 1989 Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Individual self-funding: £50 per 50-minute session
Third party funding: £65 per 50-minute session
Training/consultancy: £600 per day
Despite my first name, I am male! I originally trained as an Occupational Therapist and have worked in mental health for thirty years, mostly in the NHS. I subsequently trained as a Dramatherapist and then as a CAT practitioner. I have worked with clients with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, also people with early life trauma such as sexual abuse, personality difficulties and functional problems such as chronic fatigue. During my work in the NHS I undertook a PhD which allowed me to research a technique called the 6-Part Story Method (6PSM) which I use in my therapy work.
I have researched psychological therapies at the University of Sheffield and now work full time at the University of Hull as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I teach on the CAT practitioner training based in Manchester, specialising in the 6PSM which I researched for my PhD.
I am especially interested in the experience of present and past members of the armed forces. I was a soldier myself many years ago and while at Sheffield I produced a report for the MoD on mental health services for veterans.
My private practice is based in a purpose built separate room at my home in Bewholme, near Hornsea. This tranquil setting hopefully adds to the experience of the therapy! We are a 20 minute drive from Beverly, Driffield and Bridlington and about 45 minutes from Hull. Off-street parking available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work afternoons/evenings from my home in the East Riding.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|