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IBD Service

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease. This is an umbrella term to describe disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For some people, IBD is a mild illness. For others, it can be a debilitating condition that can lead to significant complications.

We are aware that rates of psychological distress are higher in the IBD population than the general population. The IBD Psychology service is dedicated to supporting SVUH patients presenting with psychological distress related to their IBD. The service can also help with pre-existing problems that might affect how people cope with and manage their IBD. The IBD Psychology service is the first of its kind in Ireland and as such has a strong research and audit focus.

What does the IBD Psychology service offer:

Patients referred to IBD Psychology are offered an initial consultation appointment as soon as possible. The consultation appointment is an opportunity to discuss the patient’s current concerns and agree what type of support would be the most helpful. The type of support recommended to each patient is determined on the basis of their specific needs as well as patient preferences. This may include group-based or individual interventions. 

  • Group-based interventions focus on supporting IBD patients to develop new coping skills for managing challenging emotions and situations. Two types of group are offered: an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group and a Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) group. Group-based interventions are for IBD patients specifically.
  • In 1:1 therapy, the approach will be tailored to your needs. The psychologist is trained in various approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed therapy.

How to access this service:

The IBD Psychology service is for SVUH patients only. Referrals can be made via the SVUH IBD team. Those interested are encouraged to speak with their IBD healthcare professional. Patients can also access further information about the IBD Psychology service from the Psychology Information Leaflets in the Herbert Wing waiting rooms.


Links you might find helpful:

Free psychological programme for people living with IBD

Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

Centre for Colorectal Disease

Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Association

Imparts—self-help materials for people living with long term conditions:


tel:       (01) 2213317

Psychology Department


Opening Hours

Mon to Thu: 08.30 – 16.30.