Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Electronic Targeted Intervention for Psoriasis (eTIPs)
What is eTIPs?
eTIPs is based on CBT which is a popular form of psychological therapy. The course focuses on helping you to understand the way you think about a situation and how it affects the way you feel and act. Although CBT may not improve your psoriasis it can help you to learn how to cope and deal with negative thoughts and interact with others in a variety of situations.
How does it work?
The basis of CBT is that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected. Once negative thoughts begin, they can trap you into a cycle that compounds those thoughts. Learning what causes distress and negative thought patterns and then techniques to improve how you feel, can help you to deal with the current issues you face, instead of the past and previous experiences, which is key part of the CBT approach, unlike other therapies that focus on past experiences.
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The programme was developed by the University of Manchester with a research grant from the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance. The following publication: A novel, web-based, psychological intervention for people with psoriasis: the electronic Targeted Intervention for Psoriasis (eTIPs) study : Dr Christine Bundy, Ms Binder Pinder, Dr Sandra Bucci D. Reeves, Prof Christopher Griffiths, Prof Nicholas Tarrier; University of Manchester. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Aug;169(2):329-36. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12350 is available to read on PubMed®