Counselling for IBD

If you have Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or another form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), you may find at times that your illness has a considerable impact on your life and emotional wellbeing. If this occurs, you may find it helpful to talk to a counsellor. This information sheet looks at what is usually meant by counselling, how it may be able to help you, and ways to find a counsellor or therapist.

If you feel that your diagnosis or any aspect of living with Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis has caused great distress or aggrevated a mental health condition such as depression, you should notify your GP immediately, call the Samaritans on 116 123, or attend your nearest Accident and Emergency if you feel at risk of harm to yourself.

What is counselling?
What are the different kinds of counselling?
How can counselling help me?
Can counselling help reduce stress?
How can I find a counsellor?
What happens once I've identified a potential counsellor?
Where can I find other forms of support?
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Other organisations
How we write our information

Last reviewed: June 2017