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Clinical Services at Rush Gastrointestinal Counseling Services
Dr. Sharon Jedel, Gastrointestinal Psychologist  
Dr. Sharon Jedel, Gastrointestinal Psychologist 

The Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago believes in taking a multidisciplinary approach toward caring for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. This is consistent with a large body of scientific research that indicates that psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety and depression, have a significant affect on your digestive tract. In light of this research, we offer our patients access to counseling services with a psychologist who specializes in treating patients with GI disorders.

Through specialized counseling services, patients can learn stress management and relaxation techniques that may assist in the reduction of disease flare-ups. Many patients also find that counseling services are helpful when they are newly diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder. Patients of Rush University Gastroenterology and Nutrition can see our psychologist, Sharon Jedel, PsyD, as part of their medical visit or at a follow-up appointment.

Dr. Jedel currently provides outpatient clinical services to patients with the following gastrointestinal problems: 

  • Crohn's diease or ulcerative colitis
  • Functional GI disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and non-ulcer dyspepsia
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic pelvic pain

As part of our counseling services, Dr. Jedel offers stress management techniques, relaxation therapy and guided imagery.

Learn more about the impact of stress on Crohn's and ulcerative colitis

About Dr. Jedel

Sharon Jedel, PsyD received her doctorate from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University, and graduated in 2004. Upon completion of her training, Dr. Jedel was accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital. The fellowship combined research and clinical activities related to trauma, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Jedel received comprehensive training in the treatment of depression and anxiety as they relate to stressful events.

Ongoing Research

Co-investigator: Mind/Body Medicine and IBD Flare-Up, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Learn more about the Mind/Body study.

Recent Presentations

"Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Optimal Coping Strategies". Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter. View presentation here.

 

For More Information

To make an appointment with Dr. Jedel, please call (312) 563-3898.


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