1st Edition

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A Guide for Clinicians

By Philip Kinsella Copyright 2007
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common and disabling condition characterised by fatigue, muscle pain, sleep disturbances and other physical and psychological symptoms that cause a considerable amount of distress and suffering. This book provides a practical guide for clinicians on how to treat chronic fatigue syndrome using cognitive behaviour therapy approaches.

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome attempts to make sense of the illness, and describes how cognitive behavioural therapy can help patients by working with their environment, emotions, and behaviour to improve their physical condition. Topics covered include:

    • principles of cognitive behavioural therapy

    • assessing patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

    • helping patients with emotional issues and other maintenance factors

    • using cognitive behavioural therapy alongside other approaches.

    Aimed at practitioners, this book will provide essential guidance for cognitive behavioural therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other clinicians who work in this rapidly expanding field.

    Kinsella, Introduction. Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from a Cognitive Behavioural Perspective. Key Elements of the Cognitive Behavioural Approach. Assessing Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Beginning Therapy. Helping Patients with Emotional Issues. Helping Patients with Other Maintenance Factors. Managing Pain and Other Problems Arising from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Catherine’s Story. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Alongside Other Approaches to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A Cognitive Behavioural Self-Help Program for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers.


    Philip Kinsella is a cognitive behavioural therapist specialising in general hospital liaison work. He has assessed or treated over a hundred patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.