A new course for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
Let’s Talk, Gloucestershire’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service, will begin the course next month.
Over the course of six weeks, participants will learn through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy how to identify stress and develop coping strategies to deal with their symptoms.
Jan Bagnall, Senior Therapist with Let’s Talk, said: “Up to one in five people in the UK develop IBS at some stage in their life and it can be very debilitating. Our course will provide the information and skills required to deal with the symptoms of IBS more effectively.
“The course will not ‘cure’ those symptoms, but by looking at the psychological implications of IBS we believe it will enable sufferers to cope more with the condition they have and improve their mental wellbeing.”
The IBS course will cover:
· IBS and the CBT model
· Anxiety and IBS
· Depression and IBS
The course will run from November 7 until December 12 and will take place weekly from 6 until 7.30pm in Cheltenham.
It will be delivered to groups of between three and 23 people and is one of a number of extra courses now being offered by Let’s Talk.
For full details or to book a place, please visit the course website or ring 0800 073 2200.