Case Series: The application of "third wave" Cognitive Behavioural Therapies in difficult to treat asthma

Jodie Fellows, Laura Flower, John Blakey, Ramesh Kurukulaartchy, Ruth Howard, Adel Mansur

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Objective: This paper provides for the first time cases of individual psychological therapy undertaken in tertiary, difficult to treat asthma services using “third wave” Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches.

Methods: These cases were selected to represent common psychological presentations in difficult to treat asthma clinics, namely denial of severity and over-identification with asthma. Assessment, formulation, intervention and results are outlined.

Results: Case 1 demonstrated change from severe to mild depression and anxiety, reduction in shame and improved well-being. Case 2 demonstrated improvements in well-being and psychological symptoms. Both interventions were experienced by the patients as highly satisfactory.

Conclusions: It is concluded that a psychological understanding of patients' presentations can open up new avenues for intervention. Further research into the potential utility of third wave cognitive therapies in difficult to treat asthma is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-912
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number9
Early online date7 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2015


  • Severe Asthma
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • brittle asthma


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