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Got tummy troubles? CBT for IBS can help!





Do you have a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Did you know IBS can be navigated and symptoms improved through psychology, and more specifically, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Because our brains and our guts are so interconnected, psychological treatment can make a significant difference!


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based psychological treatment for many health conditions, including IBS. CBT for IBS aims to address the psychological and emotional factors that contribute to IBS symptoms, such as stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns.


CBT generally involves different strategies, tools, and techniques that can help individuals struggling with gastrointestinal concerns. Take a look at what might be involved:

  1. Psychoeducation: Understanding the nature of IBS and learning about the gut-brain axis can help individuals gain insight into their symptoms and develop a sense of control.

  2. Cognitive Restructuring: This involves noticing and challenging negative or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs related to IBS. By learning to think more functionally or realistically, individuals can reduce their emotional distress and improve their ability to cope with symptoms.

  3. Stress Management Techniques: Learning, practicing, and regularly implementing relaxation strategies can help individuals manage stress and reduce the impact of stress on their IBS symptoms.

  4. Behavioral Strategies: This may involve pacing activities, setting realistic and values-based goals, and gradually reintroducing potentially triggering foods or situations to desensitize the body's maladaptive response to such situations.

  5. Problem-Solving Skills: Developing effective problem-solving skills and action plans can help individuals identify practical solutions to manage their symptoms and cope with any challenges related to IBS.


If you're looking for a way to cope with your IBS, develop a better relationship with your diagnosis, learn specific tools and strategies to manage and improve your symptoms, and to start living a fuller, more fulfilling life, then CBT might just be your answer!


If you are looking for a skilled CBT therapist in the Edmonton area, then look no further! Feel free to connect for a FREE 15 minute consultation either by completing the Contact Form on our website or by calling/emailing to set up a time.



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