We strongly believe the mind and the body must be treated together to ensure the best outcome for our patients. Children and teens with celiac disease, as well as their parents, are at risk for mental health challenges and poorer quality of life, with about 50% of our families needing extra support. Psychosocial health services are offered in the form of integrated clinic consultations, brief follow-up interventions, outpatient therapy and coping skills groups. Services are offered both in-person and through telehealth technology to maximize convenience for families.
Evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, are used to help children and their families:
- Adjust to the challenges of a new diagnosis of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet
- Reduce anxiety related to physical symptoms and potential gluten exposure
- Improve gut-brain regulation to improve healthy digestion, eating behaviors and digestive symptoms
- Gain communication and problem-solving skills to advocate for their celiac disease and dietary needs
- Navigate transitions in managing celiac disease across the childhood period through early adulthood
- Address general mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, ADHD and behavior problems