Counselling and 



People with IBS can benefit greatly from some talking therapies or psychological support.  Often underlying anxieties and low mood can have a root cause which can be helped by talking to someone. 

There are several different types of psychological therapy, which vary from talking treatments to meditative therapies to antidepressants.  

All can be effective in IBS, but some patients may find some therapies that suit them more than others.

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There Are Different Types of Therapists That work in Different Ways

You may not be aware, but there are different types of people who help with emotional and psychological difficulties.  These can include psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, hypnotherapists, mental health nurses and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. 

They all work in different areas eg hospital or private practice and they all have the role of helping with mental health and wellbeing.  In terms of talking therapies where you sit and talk to somebody about what is causing you difficulties, you are most likely to access a counsellor or psychotherapist, though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably.  These therapists often use a specific approach to help their clients, and it’s useful to know that you might prefer one approach over another:

How can counselling and psychotherapy help?

Counselling and psychotherapy can:

  • facilitate connections between your illness and the events and changes in your life.

  • by encouraging an understanding of the formative influences on your personality, it can give you insight into what situations are likely to make you ill.

  • help you develop the personal resources to heal themselves.

  • provide the mental space to think about what has happened, to get it into perspective and to work out the best way to resolve it.

  • allows you to make an emotional connection with your therapist, sharing your problem and abolishing the sense of loneliness.

  • provide strategies for dealing with situations that make them fearful, angry and depressed.

  • help you resolve feelings of shame or guilt.

  • encourage a sense of expectation and hope.

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