Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is relatively widespread and it is estimated that 20% of people will suffer from it at one time or another.

IBS may be caused by either physiological (body chemistry) factors as well as psychological factors.

Before commencing any kind of psychotherapy, we recommend consulting your doctor to determine any medical problems that may be contributing to your IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is certainly exacerbated by Stress and Anxiety and although medication is often prescribed for the condition, counselling treatments aimed at resolving the underlying causes are often the most effective ways of alleviating the associated symptoms.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

There are a number of symptoms associated with IBS and one, or several, of the symptoms may be present at any one time.

Typical symptoms include:-

  • Bloating.
  • Constipation.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Wind.
  • Loud stomach rumblings.
  • Fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers may also experience the following associated problems:

Traditional IBS treatments

Traditional Remedies Target Symptoms

There are numerous “cures” and “remedies” available in the market place but the one common approach taken with all these solutions is that they target the symptoms and seem to totally ignore the cause of the problem, or at least the contributing psychological factors that may be causing it.

Whilst these remedies may provide temporary relief, the sufferer is unlikely to ever be free of the symptoms as the cause of the problem remains unresolved, often an inability to deal with Stress or Anxiety.

Please note that before engaging in any course of treatment, it is advisable to seek medical advice to ensure all other possible causes of your symptoms have been ruled out.

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Psychosocial Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Lee Psychology offer a special form of psychological therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome which adopts a psychosocial perspective.

What this means is that we will help you to understand and solve your problems from the point of view of what has happened to you and NOT what is wrong with you.

This new approach is known as psychosocial therapy and is modelled on the British Psychological Society’s (Division of Clinical Psychology) Power Threat Meaning Framework which rejects the notion that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is caused by biological faults or pathology.

Psychosocial therapy stands in stark contrast to the biomedical models of mental illness used widely throughout the psychiatric and medical communities despite the almost total absence of any underlying scientific evidence in support of their position.

The psychosocial approaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, on the other hand, are built upon a significant base of clinical and empirical evidence established over at least the last 20 years.

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The CORE CBT Programme for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The CORE CBT Programme was devised and written by Paul in 2020 and combines all the best elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with additional knowledge drawn from research in Personal Construct Theory, Attribution Theory, Self-Determination Theory and Social Constructivism.

It is particularly well-suited to problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome because of the significant role that cognitive processes (thoughts and beliefs) play in the maintenance of the problem and also because of the self-empowering philosophy of the programme.

It is a 10 module course normally taken over a 10 week period with weekly hour long therapy sessions (either face-to-face or using Zoom), but can also be followed as a teach yourself course for those with more manageable IBS.

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Find Out More About Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any counselling programmes or sessions going forward.

It is our view that not only do you need to decide whether the Lee Psychology approach suits who you are and what you have been through, but also whether or not you feel you will be able to work effectively with us as individuals.

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07434 776125

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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