Barbara Bolen, PhD

Barbara Bolen, PhD
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  •  Training in clinical psychology and nutrition
  • Master Level Certification in transformational life coaching
  • Author of four books on IBS


Barbara B. Bolen, PhD, is a former writer for Verywell Health covering IBS. For over 15 years, she has been providing support to people who have IBS. Her training in clinical psychology, transformational health coaching, and nutrition, all provide her with a unique ability to guide those who have IBS toward a life that is not dominated by their stomach issues. Dr. Bolen has written four books on IBS:

  • IBS: 365 Tips for Living Well
  • The Everything® Guide to the Low-FODMAP Diet: A Healthy Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders
  • 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 Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of New York.

She received her certification as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has achieved Master Level Certification in transformational life coaching through the Health Coach Institute. She is also certified in the use of Interactive Guided Imagery, an effective treatment for pain reduction.

A Word From Barbara Bolen, PhD

The severity of the impact that IBS has on a person's life has long been overlooked and 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 figure out how to successfully and effectively manage its symptoms and return to their regular life.

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