Clinical Hypnosis, CBT, and the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders With Dr. Ali Navidi

Clinical Hypnosis, CBT, and the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders

Dr. Ali NavidiDr. Ali Navidi is a licensed clinical psychologist renowned for his expertise in gastro-psychology, a specialized field in neuroscience and gastrointestinal health. With over a decade of experience, Dr. Navidi has been instrumental in transforming lives, particularly those grappling with gastrointestinal disorders, chronic pain, and intricate medical conditions. As Co-founder of GI Psychology and past President of the Northern Virginia Society of Clinical Hypnosis, he has pioneered innovative approaches in clinical hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:03] Dr. Ali Navidi explores the complex interaction between the gut and the brain
  • [5:32] Psychotherapy and hypnosis in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
  • [9:25] GI Psychology: working with doctors and dietitians to address IBS
  • [14:39] What is the most effective therapy for IBS, autism, and eating disorders?
  • [18:35] Hypnosis as a versatile therapeutic tool for chronic pain, anxiety, and addiction
  • [42:00] How to prioritize mental health when integrating work and personal life
  • [44:24] Dr. Navidi discusses the power of the mind in IBS treatment

In this episode…

Clinical hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy have emerged as effective therapeutic treatments for gastrointestinal disorders, particularly irritable bowel syndrome. How do these treatments harness the intricate connection between mind and body, empowering individuals to reclaim control over their gut health and overall well-being?

Underscoring the intricate interplay between the brain and gut health, Dr. Ali Navidi, a seasoned gastro-psychologist, explores the complex nature of chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS — despite conventional medical assessments often showing no structural anomalies. Dr. Navidi emphasizes the need to address physical and psychological components in IBS management, advocating for a multifaceted approach involving psychotherapy, hypnosis, and collaborative care with medical professionals and dietitians. Additionally, he highlights hypnosis as a promising tool in addressing a spectrum of mental health issues beyond gastrointestinal ailments, including eating disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, and addiction, reiterating its versatility in clinical practice.

In this episode of EspecIallY “SpeciAl” SpeeCh?!, Jennifer Branchini hosts Dr. Ali Navidi, a seasoned clinical psychologist specializing in gastro-psychology, to discuss gut-brain connection and its impact on physical health. They delve into the brain’s role in chronic pain management, the importance of addressing psychosomatic factors, the stigma surrounding clinical hypnosis, and the effectiveness of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool for anxiety, addiction, and digestive issues.

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