Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective method of managing and preventing the distressing and painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Here at Catalyst Therapy & Training, our experienced therapists have a wealth of experience as mental health practitioners and educators, placing us in a great position to help you cope effectively with your IBS.
Our team are passionate about helping you achieve a good quality of life where you aren’t constantly stressed, depressed or anxious about your IBS.
How does CBT for IBS work?
Functional gastrointestinal (GI) conditions such as IBS can increase the chances of developing anxiety, stress and depression. With persistent intolerable symptoms and life being disrupted, many sufferers experience anxiety in relation to the symptoms of their IBS and gastrointestinal sensations, including abdominal pain, eating or diarrhoea / constipation.
CBT targets this IBS symptom-specific anxiety, such as:
- Increased anxiety and fear around GI sensations (even mild occurrences)
- Increased attention/ vigilance to possible GI sensations
- Avoiding situations, such as eating or leaving the house, due to the symptoms of IBS
Whilst these behaviours are often used by IBS suffers to limit their short-term fear and anxiety, they can lead to increasing and prolonging stress, depression and anxiety.
IBS CBT can help to improve your symptoms and wellbeing
Cognitive behavioural therapy for IBS is used at Catalyst T&T to help you change your current thoughts, behaviours and feelings that work to trigger negative moods and increase your stress, by using a variety of different stress-reducing strategies and self-exploration exercises.
When you come to Catalyst Therapy & Training for treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, we’ll help you to explore how to reduce the stress and anxiety you feel due to your IBS and give you the tools you need to manage your feelings long after your CBT for IBS finishes.