Simplifying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for CFS/ME

I have had a lot of involvement in CFS/ME Facebook groups and forums, and there is a lot of differing views of what CBT is for CFS. This I think is due to a one size fits all approach of CBT being used by a lot of medical professions, so for instance using the same methods of CBT to help depression and CFS just isn’t the best way forward.  It really seems like what your told differs vastly on your postcode, and how much experience your doctor/ OT has with CFS or if their experience is in mental health.
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My NHS experience with CFS – Part 2 (NHS CFS Foundation Course 1)

My NHS experience with CFS – Part 2 (NHS CFS Foundation Course 1)

As I mentioned in a previous posts (link)I was diagnosed with CFS and was seen by specialist clinic within about 9 months of symptoms first appearing. Which is really fast compared to other peoples experiences, I attribute this to an amazing GP.

So I really wanted to document my experience with the specialist NHS clinic, because before I got seen I had no idea what to expect, and I know so many people struggle to get any treatment for CFS.

I had heard very mixed reviews from different people, which I think might be due to what different people expect to get from the clinic – there is no miracle cure to CFS/ME so don’t expect that.

I went in with an open mind and was very glad. In this post I will talk through what I got out of the first foundation seminar, through both what leader taught us and from comments from other service users, as well as providing you with the handouts that I received on the day.
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