At the Mount Sinai Women's Gastrointestinal Health Center, our psychologists offer consultations to address psychosocial issues that may be affecting your gastrointestinal health. Stress, for instance, is a common culprit in gastrointestinal distress, Anxiety and depression can also result from the difficulties of coping with an acute or chronic medical condition that interferes with an individual's ability to lead their life in a normal way.
We can provide counseling and techniques to benefit your emotional as well as digestive health and improve your overall quality of life.
Our treatments include:
- Stress management, which can include talk therapy as well as techniques designed to induce a state of peaceful relaxation, such as yoga or meditation. Simple stretches, jogging or swimming, or disciplines designed to increase skills, such as time management or anger control, can all be part of a stress management plan.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of therapy in which you learn to set goals, change behaviors, and work through your unique set of problems. Ultimately you will develop the tools you need to cope with your problems on your own. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used to treat physical problems, such as chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety.
- Hypnosis, a state of focused attention or deep relaxation in which images and verbal suggestions can influence your emotional and physical functioning. Hypnotherapy is often used to treat the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and dyspepsia, as well as nausea, vomiting, chronic pain, and other physical and psychological discomforts.
At all times, your psychologist works closely with your gastroenterologist to enhance both your physical and psychological functioning.