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FINACAT – Finnish Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists

Cognitive analytic therapy came to Finland through the CAT contacts of professor (emer.) Mikael Leiman. He trained in the first CAT training 1986-88 in Finland with Anthony Ryle as an invited  lecturer. CAT training continued in the beginning of the nineties with the FATCATs, Finnish trainers of CAT, and from 1995 on with FINACAT contribution.

To become an accredited CAT psychotherapist in Finland takes 4 years. After that you can take part in the 2,5-3 year advanced training and become a CAT supervisor and  get a CAT trainer’s diploma  with a portfolio of projects in CAT, with experience as a CAT supervisor and with experience as a trainer in CAT basic trainings. Finland does not have CAT practioner level.

All psychotherapy training in Finland after 1.1.2012 has to be organized in co-operation with the universities with either psychology or psychiatry departments. FINACAT has established training partners since spring 2012 successfully. Since January 2013 two four year long CAT psychotherapist trainings have been completed in cooperation with Helsinki University, one is ongoing and further ones are under negotiations.

Board of members

Helena Lönnfors, chair (helena.lonnfor(at)

Mirka Lammi (mirka.joronen(at), vice chair

Matti Kurronen (matti.kurronen(at) )

Francesca Eriksson (francesca.eriksson(at)

Vera Kampman (verakampman(at)

Timo Sunela (timo.sunela(at)

Jouni Aavaluoma (student member) (jouni.aavaluoma(at)

vice members:
Mikko Räisänen (trainer member) (mikko.rasanen(at)

Katri Kanninen (katri.kanninen(at)

E-mail inquiries to: (sihteeri(at)