Table 2

Summary of contents of CBT sessions

SessionsContents
1Treatment overview and description of treatment as intervention focusing on behavioural training and monitoring. Situation analysis, patient’s symptoms and establishing rapport. Setting of personal goals for the intervention and filling of first part of symptom-emotion-cognition-monitoring form.
2–3Discussion on how stress affects patients' health and physiological consequences of stress. Coping strategies for stress and stress decreasing activities. Working with illness worries and symptom-perception interaction.
4–5Personal strengths and the vicious circle of symptom behaviour. Patient's dysfunctional health and indoor air related beliefs, for example, catastrophising and cognitive restructuring.
6–7Evaluation of goals, discussion of obstacles that interfere with achieving them. Validation of frustration and support of meaningful activities. Patient stress-reducing techniques and work-related activities.
8–9Health-related information and discussion on how to react to contradictory information regarding health-related issues. Increased awareness of emotions and how these affect symptom perception.
10Identifying warning signs that may affect recurrence of symptoms and working with patients to plan future actions if symptoms recur.
11Follow-up and booster session 3 months after intervention.
  • CBT, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy.