Salford ME/CFS Clinical Health Psychology Service

  • The ME/CFS Service supports people who have a diagnosis of (CFS), also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). You might also have had your difficulties labelled as Fibromyalgia, or Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome.
  • There is a multidisciplinary team based at Salford Royal that includes:
    • Psychologists
    • Assistant Psychologist
    • Specialist Medical Consultants
    • Physiotherapists
  • The team offer assessment and treatment alongside an outpatient service, individual therapy and group programmes.
  • ME/CFS Group Course:

This 6-week course is designed to help people to understand the main strategies for managing the condition.  Each week a new topic is covered, including:

    • Pacing
    • The effects of stress
    • Sleep patterns
    • Acceptance
    • Goal setting
    • Managing your mood
    • Planning for setbacks
    • Gentle stretching and movement
    • Relaxation/meditation practices are also part of the programme.

The groups are interactive and allow members to meet other people with ME/CFS.  This can be a validating experience as people with ME/CFS can often report feeling isolated and misunderstood.

 The course also requires you to complete supplementary ‘home practises’ between sessions, or doing gentle stretch and movement exercise.

  • Individual Therapy:

Our team are experienced in delivering a wide range of therapeutic approaches. These include:

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)

These approaches look at relationships between our thoughts, behaviours and mood.  ME/CFS, like most other chronic conditions, is commonly accompanied by low mood and/or stress, which can make the condition worse.  These approaches may help us adopt techniques to manage these symptoms as well as adopting helpful behavioural changes, such as pacing.

 

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