Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). These terms are used interchangeably. CFS is an extremely debilitating condition, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the UK. The condition results in a significant reduction in previous levels of occupational, educational, social and personal activities. Although many biological theories have been proposed speculating the cause of CFS there is no evidence that CFS is associated to biological abnormalities. 


The illness must have the principal symptom of severe fatigue and malaise. You may find yourself becoming extremely exhausted following a mental or physical activity. The other main symptoms are:

  • Muscle weakness or discomfort, which includes exercise intolerance
  • Concentration and attention difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances and unrefreshing sleep
  • Physical abnormalities such as sore throat, enlarged glands, joint pains and headaches
  • Mood swings and features of clinical depression

Best Evidence-Based Treatments

Research evidence suggests CBT is the most beneficial treatment for people experiencing CFS. The National Institute of Health Care and Excellence recommend CBT which is empirically grounded in CFS specific therapy protocols.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for CFS:
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological sensations. The cognitive facet assumes that the meaning one gives to the illness is important and if you can change the interpretation or perception you can change the feeling (affect) associated with it. The behavioural facet assumes changing what you do is often a powerful way of changing other things in your life, which can improve affect and reduce CFS symptoms. The behavioural aspect pays particular attention to patterns of ‘boom’ and ‘bust’.

Elite Psychology comprises of an expert team, specialising in the range of best private evidence-based therapy for CFS. Our highly qualified associates are accredited in all of the most successful therapies, complimented by psychiatrists who can prescribe medication on private prescriptions. We can assess you and provide the most efficacious therapy tailored to your difficulties. We know the importance of being understood, and endeavour to deliver the highest standard of psychological interventions to meet your needs.

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