The Hellenic (Greek) Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (HellasCAT) was established in 2012. It followed a long history of CAT in Greece, which started at the beginning of the 1990's when a first group of psychiatrists were trained in CAT in London by Tony Ryle and his colleagues. The remainder of the 27 founding members were trained in Greece, in the two training centers in Thessaloniki and Patras. Mental health professionals -psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurses- who have completed their training in CAT may become members of HellasCAT. In the first year since it was established, there are already three full and eleven associate new members.

HellasCAT's main aim is to make health professionals familiar with CAT and provide reliable and integrated training that conforms to international standards and regulations. It will also contribute to the scientific and legal establishment of Psychotherapy in Greece.

HellasCAT is a founding member of ICATA (International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association) and participates with two representatives in the executive committee, therefore ensuring a permanent update of information on what is happening in CAT internationally.

Χαιρετισμός του προέδρου της ICATA Steve Potter

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of ICATA, I am delighted to offer a contribution to the newly launched website Greek (Panhellenic) association of CAT (Hellascat). It is good news to hear of the developments of Cognitive Analytic Therapy in Greece. The joining together of the long established training groups in Thessaloniki and Patras is very welcome. We value the contribution of CAT practitioners in Greece to the International Cognitive Analytic Therapy Association (ICATA). We look forward to working together in the years ahead to maintain high standards and ethical practice. We value the contributions to research and the development of new applications of CAT. We hope we can bring collaboration through joint training events and conferences in the future.

With best wishes
Steve Potter
Chairperson ICATA