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About IBD

Apr 16, 2024

People with IBD are more likely to live with anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders than people who don't live with one of these conditions. For that reason, caring for mental health is as important as caring for physical health. But it doesn't always work out that way, as patients may not know how important their mental health is to their physical health, or may not have access to a mental health professional. Abri Bernstein shares her personal journey with ulcerative colitis (UC) and how somatic psychotherapy helped her cope with living with the disease. Abri explains somatic psychotherapy as a holistic approach to healing that focuses on the body and nervous system regulation. She describes various modalities, such as somatic experiencing, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emphasizing the importance of addressing trauma stored in the body for healing to occur.

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