New book!

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to report that I have just signed my second book contract this year! It is with Routledge, a fantastic publisher based in the UK with whom I published another book, and the new work will be titled: Psychogastroenterology with Adults: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals. I will be working on it with two fantastic psychologists specialising in Psycho-gastroenterology, Dr Simon Knowles from Melbourne and Prof. Laurie Keefer from New York.

Here is a brief about the book: Two in five individuals live with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms at any given time, and up to 75% of these individuals experience significant comorbid psychological symptoms. There is a strong evidence supporting the overlap and interaction between the brain and the gut and the subsequent efficacy of psychological interventions, which have a direct and significant attenuating influence on a range of gastrointestinal conditions (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome) and symptoms (e.g., gastrointestinal distress, gastrointestinal pain, urgency, and diarrhoea). There is a dearth of mental health professionals trained in the domain of psychogastroenterology. This limits the extent to which these behavioural approaches are integrated into GI care, and private practice. A practical, theory and evidence-based handbook from senior mental health practitioners working in psychogastroenterology in the field will promote mental health professional’s interest in the GI population and build confidence among those therapists who already strive to optimally implement psychogastroenterology into their practice settings.

More detail will follow in due course!


Author: amikocka

Psychologist, health scientist, and writer

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