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CBT for IBSCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

I’m a CBT Therapist who believes in CBT because I’ve seen how well it can help.

Mary Cross, CBT Therapist

IBS is a disorder of gut brain interaction. While there are physical triggers and physical results to your gastrointestinal tract (GI), there are also emotional and stress reactions to symptoms.

“The GI tract is highly susceptible to the effects of stress, and stress is a significant contributor to brain–gut dysregulation in IBS. Research has shown that stress is associated with the onset of IBS and with more severe symptoms. “

Hypervigilance can make things worse. The fear of bowel movements can make things worse. You might worry about eating or being in public or working where bathrooms aren’t easily available.

“Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been tested most rigorously in multiple randomized controlled trials and consistently demonstrates significant and durable effects on IBS symptoms and quality of life. “

My therapy approach for IBS begins with getting to know you, understanding and supporting you. We then engage in the therapy below

  • Discussion of body symptoms
  • Discussion of psychological symptoms – how IBS affects your life
  • Relaxation Techniques – to calm your body and mind
  • Cognitive Restructuring – looking at negative or catastrophizing thoughts and their effect on symptoms.
  • Coping Skills –for self-management
  • Exposure Therapy – to gradually decrease fear and anxiety

I want to help you improve your quality of life.

CONTACT ME – by phone or text (226) 770-0336, or email

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