Our supportive resources for GI behavioral health patients include book recommendations, online video presentations, blog articles and research articles.
Please note: While self-help mobile apps, books, or websites can be beneficial for some people, they don’t work for everyone. If you try hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or another treatment with one of these resources and find it isn’t helping, it doesn’t mean the treatment won’t work for you. You may need a more individualized plan and a provider to work with you.
- Reclaim Your Life from IBS: A Scientifically Proven CBT Plan for Relief Without Restrictive Diets. Hunt, Melissa G. Routledge, 2022. ISBN: 9781032153391
- Coping with Crohns and Colitis: A Patient and Clinicians Guide. Hunt, Melissa G. Routledge, 2021. ISBN: 9780367523671
- The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices and Our Overall Health. Mayer EA. New York: Harper Wave, 2016. ISBN: 978-0062376558.
Below are some suggested mobile phone applications.
- Mindfulness Coach: Developed to help veterans, service members and others to help you learn how to practice mindfulness with a gradual, self-guided training program
- Nerval: Helps you manage your IBS symptoms with a science-backed digital program
- Zemedy: Provides a comprehensive digital CBT-based program for individuals with IBS
Presentations and websites
- Behavioral Treatments for Gastrointestinal Disorders, Presentation by Laurie Keefer, PhD, International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Behavioral Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders
- GI On Demand
- The Role of a GI Psychologist for IBS, Kate Scarlata (Registered Dietician), December 1, 2017
- What is a GI Psychologist?
Gut Feelings: The Emerging Biology of Gut-Brain Communication (PDF)
Mayer EA. Gut feelings: the emerging biology of gut-brain communication. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011;12(8):453-466. Published 2011 Jul 13.
Psychological Interventions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (PDF)
Ballou, Sarah, and Laurie Keefer. “Psychological Interventions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.” Clinical and translational gastroenterology vol. 8,1 e214. 19 Jan. 2017.
Randomised Clinical Trial: The Efficacy of Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy is Similar to that of the Low FODMAP diet for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Peters, S. L., et al. "Randomised clinical trial: the efficacy of gut‐directed hypnotherapy is similar to that of the low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome." Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics 44.5 (2016): 447-459.
The Role of a Health Psychologist in the Management of Functional Esophageal Complaints (PDF)
Riehl, M E et al. “Role of a health psychologist in the management of functional esophageal complaints.” Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus vol. 28,5 (2015): 428-36.