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Gastrointestinal Issues

There is an intricate connection between the gastrointestinal system and emotions. The gut-mind connection is a complex interplay where our emotions and mental well-being can significantly impact our digestive health, and vice versa. The mind can play a crucial role in the onset and exacerbation of gastrointestinal issues, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation. On the flip side, an upset stomach or digestive problems can send signals to the brain, influencing our mood and emotional state. This bidirectional relationship underscores the importance of addressing mental health to support gastrointestinal issues. 

When gastrointestinal issues cannot be explained by a medical condition, psychological support can be the next best treatment approach. Two highly effective psychological treatments to support gastrointestinal issues include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). 

ISTDP is underpinned by the idea that there is an unconscious emotional root to symptoms of gastrointestinal concerns. This therapeutic approach explores how unresolved emotions and psychological conflicts may contribute to the manifestation of gut concerns by identifying and addressing emotional triggers. If you are wanting support with gastrointestinal concerns, please Click here to start your journey with us and book your first appointment. 


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