Based on an 8-week Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy programme, this guide addresses the increasing need for adapted mindfulness in the management of ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, Long Covid, and other chronic fatigue conditions.
Using current understanding and theoretical approaches to Long Covid and ME/ CFS, this book allows practitioners to understand how they can adapt their teaching to accommodate patients with specific needs and challenges, including adaptations for brain fog, approaches to rest, movement, daily activity and accompanying difficult thoughts and emotions. Contributions from people who manage ME, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue through mindfulness are included alongside practical guidance and detailed week-by-week session plans whether that's in-person or online. Filled with helpful diagrams and illustrations, practitioners can use this guide to greatly widen the scope of who they can reach and gently empower clients living with often isolating conditions on how to apply this approach in the long-term to their everyday lives.
About the Author:
Fiona McKechnie is a senior Occupational Therapist in the Bristol ME/CFS service. She has worked in the field of ME since 1999 before moving to Bristol in 2007. She has particular interests in employment concerns and ME/CFS as well as Mindfulness-based approaches. Fiona has run workshops at national conferences about mindfulness and employment and trains other professionals in approaches to support people with ME/CFS and chronic pain. She has personally used Mindfulness since 1992 and has a Master's degree in Mindfulness Based Approaches and a Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. She has also taught mindfulness for people with cancer at the National Centre for Integrative Medicine and is a qualified yoga teacher and coach. She published (as Fiona Wright) a chapter on Sleep and ME/CFS in Sleep: an Occupational Therapists Guide by Green and Brown 2015, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.