Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach?  Ever had to run to the toilet when you are nervous about something?  Have you ever lost your appetite after a big life event? Or felt like vomiting after a big shock? Or are you one of those people who eat more when stressed

Chances are, you have already felt the Gut-Brain axis at work in your body system

Due to how essential our digestive system is for our survival, it has evolved to be highly affected by emotions.  These feelings are normal reactions to every day events, but often with IBS the nervous system has fired off these responses so many times it is now 'forgotten' how to switch these reactions off.

Aisling first sees you for consultation to assess your suitability for our programme and find out the important details that others may have overlooked.   Knowing the right questions to ask, the whensthe whys and the hows can allow us to start to piece the jigsaw together and help you understand what is going on.

Mindcoaching work is an integral part of the IBS Recovery Plan. There is now significant data to support the use of psychological intervention and biofeedback to help with IBS symptoms.   As well as other coaching techniques, Aisling uses gut-directed hypnotherapy, as recommended by a growing body of evidence and as described in the NICE Guidelines for IBS Management (2008).  Click here to read some of the evidence base for our plan.

Past trauma or shocks, work stress, exam stress, bullying, and not feeling good enough are all issues that can contribute to ongoing digestive problems.

After Aisling has the information she needs then she will design several tailored Mindcoaching sessions (3-4 sessions) suited for your needs which will take place over the space of 6-8 weeks.

These sessions are about being able to re-integrate mind and body and deal with any underlying stress or unresolved emotions.
Stress and IBS


 Stress has wide-ranging impacts on the body, including releasing hormones and neurotransmitters that may be causing changes to your digestive system. Even if you feel there is no underlying stress, then we will look at what environmental cues may be triggering your symptoms.

After the consultation with Aisling, the next step is to look at functional Nutrition.  You will then attend our Nutritional Therapist Claire who will help to identify wider gastrointestinal imbalances and get your individualised nutritional plan designed and implemented.

Every thought creates an emotion, every emotion creates a biochemical response within the body
— Aisling Cowan