How to Discuss CBT with Your IBS Patients

The Complete Discussion Guide with Expert Tips for Positive Engagement

Discussing gut-directed cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with patients as a potential treatment option can be tricky. Patients may feel skeptical or frustrated if they think they are being told their symptoms are “in their head,” and healthcare professionals may feel uncomfortable having the conversation.

So, is there a right way to broach this topic? In this guide, we provide you with expert insights, including:

  • How to set the tone for effective conversations (including conversation starters and prompts)
  • Insider perspectives of both IBS clinicians and patients and their experience with gut-directed CBT for IBS
  • Additional resources from the Rome Foundation and other scientific research