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FINCAT – Finnish Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

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 FINCAT 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 since 2012 is organized in co-operation with the universities with either psychology or psychiatry departments. FINCAT has in cooperation with Helsinki University, provided training for CAT therapists every other year since January 2013.

Board of members 2021

Helena Lönnfors, chair (helena.lonnfors(at)

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

Francesca Eriksson (francesca.eriksson(at)

Juha Savolainen (juha.savolainen1(at)

Hanna Lemmetyinen (hanna.lemmetyinen(at)

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

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

Katri Kanninen (katri.kanninen(at)