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Ms Yvonne Stevens

Ms Yvonne Stevens

Senior Lecturer DClinPsy (Academic Lead/Convener CAT Foundation Accreditation)

 Washington Singer 


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


I am Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) psychotherapist, lecturer and supervisor.

I am Convener for the CAT Foundation Accreditation Course on the DClinPsy. 

My interest is bringing creativity to psychotherapy, supervision and training and I have been invited to edit a book on this subject for publication in 2023 as part of a series of books on CAT. 


BSc Human Sciences, Psychology & Philosophy: University of Surrey 1979

PGDip. in Applied Social Studies: WLIHE 1981

MSc Mental Health Studies: University of London 1995

Advanced Psychotherapy Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy: UMDS 1994

CAT Supervisor Accreditation: ACAT 1995 


I trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) with Dr Anthony Ryle at St Thomas' Hospital, London from 1989-1995. I have been a CAT therapist, psychotherapy lecturer and training supervisor with Devon Partnership NHS Trust for 20 years, and also in private practice. I have a long-standing role as associate lecturer and assessor on the RCPsych. Psychotherapy Module with the Peninsula Medical School. I have supervised, taught and assessed trainees throughout the South West on all levels of CAT training courses and I co-convene an annual national residential training event for CAT trainers and supervisors.  My publications include a chapter on “Supervision in a Training Context” in “Cognitive Analytic Supervision: A relational approach.” (2017) Pickvance, D. (Ed), and I have had three chapters accepted as co-author in the “Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Analytic Therapy” (in publication).

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External Engagement and Impact

Committee/panel activities

Chair of the ACAT Examination Board from 2019

ACAT National Examiner for Supervisor Training from 2019 

Member of the ACAT Training Committee 

Member of the CAT & Embodied Mind Special Interest Group 

Invited lectures & workshops

NZCAT Training: Creativity in CAT

Cornwall CAT Practitioner Training: Reformulation Skills, Creativity and Endings

Peninsula Medical School: Psychotherapy Module

SWales CAT: Introduction to Marking and Feedback for New CAT Asssessors

Workshops/Conferences organised

ACAT Annual Conference 2013

ACAT Trainers and Supervisors Annual Event from 2015 to date 

CAT SouthWest CPD events 1999 to date

Relational Skills CAT Supervisor Training: 2020 & 2021

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