Irene Elia, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Irene Elia

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Irene Elia, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Irene Elia

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My Approach

I see individuals over 18 for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which is usually 16 sessions, once a week, for 50-60 minutes per session. CAT helps people understand and revise the roles they enact with themselves and others. This can lead to a reduction of anxiety and depression.

Notes are compiled after each session, and they are kept confidential. Without naming you, I may discuss your progress with a supervisor or co-supervisor. Payments for sessions are in cash at the start of each session.

If you are wondering about whether or not CAT is for you, please ring me on (01223 561781) for a free 15-minute interview in Cambridge. If you prefer you can email me via my website at

There is free parking.

About Me

I have been in private practice for over twenty years in Cambridge and Southampton. Now my practice is Cambridge only.

I also offer workshops in CAT for mental health professionals and trainees, as well as Supervision for those training in and practising CAT.

My training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) was at Guys Hospital for four years. I am an advanced CAT psychotherapist and have an MSc in Mental Health Studies, the Diploma of Clinical Psychotherapist from GKT, and the Diploma of Supervisor from ACAT.

My academic qualification is a PhD. I am not a medical doctor.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Issues around aging, death and dying. Also, problems related to appearance (facial particularly): congenital, injury, surgery, disease, aging.
anxiety as result of self-defeating patterns
depression as result of self-defeating roles and procedures; distinct from depression due to physiological causes.
impact of personal roles and procedures on relationship with self and with others
for CAT practitioners

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapist

What I can help with

  • Age-related Issues
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bulimia
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Training

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy



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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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