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Gastrointestinal Behavioral Medicine

Many patients with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) face various challenges as they navigate their daily lives. Managing the physical symptoms, uncertainties and disruptions that come with a GI condition can take an emotional toll, and negatively affect ones mental health and quality of life. Gastrointestinal (GI) behavioral medicine services provide patients with the tools to better manage their symptoms, and cope with the unpredictable and uncontrollable aspects of GI conditions.  

Our specialists work with patients referred from our Digestive Health programs to help navigate the daily challenges GI disorders may bring, both physically and mentally. Our program offers behavioral health strategies and interventions specifically designed to target gut-brain pathways. This has shown to positively influence GI symptoms and improve emotional well-being and quality of life. 

There is a significant connection between our mind and our gut. By utilizing psychological interventions, we are able to provide patients with additional tools to help manage their very real and distressing symptoms.

Conditions we treat

  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Dysphagia
  • Functional diarrhea
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Functional heartburn
  • Gastroparesis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Non-cardiac chest pain

Comprehensive treatment options

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Gut-directed hypnotherapy 
  • Stress reduction training

What can I expect?

Once you have a referral, someone will reach out to you to make your initial appointment. Then, you will meet with the psychologist or LCSW for a consultation. During this appointment, you will discuss your experiences, concerns, goals and together create a plan to best meet your needs. Most patients receive the greatest benefit from meeting with our specialists once every week or every other week for 8-10 sessions.