How A GI Psychologist Can Help Your Digestive Health

Dr. Megan Riehl returns to explain the differences between a GI Psychologist and other mental health services, how chronic digestive conditions can add to our feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, and how patients can start the process of reaching out for help. Plus Dr. Riehl highlights additional resources available on to help patients better understand the impact of behavioral health on GI conditions.

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Dr. Megan Riehl

GI Psychologist

Dr. Megan Riehl is a GI psychologist who specializes in the treatment of GI problems and anxiety-related disorders. She is the Clinical Director of the GI Behavioral Health Program at the University of Michigan, offering comprehensive treatment options for people being cared for by the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Working from a collaborative perspective, treatment can focus on improving quality of life, decreasing the frequency and intensity of medical symptoms, establishing healthy stress management tools, and improving coping skills. Dr. Riehl’s approach relies on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy to design unique and flexible treatment plans tailored to the individual. Her clinical research focuses on the delivery of GI behavioral health treatment to individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and disorders of the brain–gut axis. Dr. Riehl is co-chair of the ROME Foundation’s Psychogastroenterology Section – Education and Training Committee, and she serves with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation on two national committees pertaining to the psychosocial aspects of IBD.

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