For over ten years, Dr. Barbara Bolen has been helping IBS patients find ways to better manage their symptoms. She has written two books on IBS and has been the Guide to IBS since 2007. Her training as a clinical psychologist provides her with a unique ability to help people affected by IBS reduce the impact of the disorder on their life.


In her work as a psychologist, Dr. Bolen has over 25 years of experience in providing psychological services to individuals of all ages and has worked in both hospital and private practice settings. In addition to working with IBS patients, Dr. Bolen has expertise in helping patients with depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma recovery, and coping with chronic illness. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of New York and currently maintains a private practice, with offices in Farmingdale and Northport, New York.

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IBS Consultations:

As part of her private practice, Dr. Bolen offers IBS consultations in-person, or via email, phone or Skype.

Dr. Bolen's Books:

Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Psychological Approach to Regaining Control of Your Life

IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions


Dr. Bolen received her undergraduate degree from St. John's University in Jamaica, New York, and her masters and doctoral degree in School and Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Dr. Bolen has been trained in and is certified in the use of Interactive Guided Imagery℠, an effective treatment for pain reduction.

In order to further her knowledge base in terms of the role of nutrition on health, Dr. Bolen is currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition™.

From Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.:

The severity of the impact that IBS has on a person's life has long been overlooked or minimized. Over the years I have heard countless stories of lives filled with pain and life limitations caused by this very disruptive digestive disorder. I have also seen people find ways to manage their IBS so that their lives do not feel so like they are completely turned upside down. My mission is to get relevant information to those who are affected by IBS so that they can find a way to regain that all-important sense of control over one's life.

The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.

Please note:  Barbara Bradley Bolen Ph.D does not write for   We have chosen the work she had published on ‘’ as few have her level of  insight into IBS.  This information is published here for those who wish to have a scientific look into IBS.  We do heartily recommend her books and that if you are lucky enough to live close, that you pay her a visit.  Team.

We also recommend ‘The Digestive System’  BY Margaret E Smith and Dion G Morton, for those who wish to increase their knowledge.

Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D
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