Jisc banner


Cognitive Analytic informed Therapy for self-Harm (CATCH)

06 September 2019

This study is designed to evaluate a brief (two-session) therapy for people who self-harm. This intervention is based on principles of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which is a therapy that helps individuals think about any patterns of thinking or behaving that might impact on their difficulties. The aim of this study is to answer questions about whether the therapy is acceptable to clients and whether a larger trial might be feasible in the future.


  • Living close to Manchester or Liverpool in the UK
  • Aged over 16 years
  • Access to email and the internet for completing study measures
  • Under or receiving support from clinical/health service including NHS, 3rd sector, or University health services
  • Have had five or more instances of self-injury in the past year where you did not wish to end your life. This may include cutting, burning, biting, or scratching oneself
  • Not currently receiving any other face to face psychological therapy (e.g., Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) or in the past month
  • Never had received Cognitive Analytic Therapy before
  • Have not been diagnosed with a Learning Disability or an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have not been hospitalised as a result of self-harm in the past month

Take part in this study


Ethical approval

This study was approved by an NHS research ethics service in March 2019

About the researcher

Dr Peter Taylor is a senior clinical lecturer and clinical psychologist based at the University of Manchester. His research includes investigating the psychological factors that lead to self-harm and looking at the effectiveness of psychological therapies for these difficulties.

Contact researcher

Academic study

Keep up to date