The Integrative Behavioral Health SIG focuses on the value of mind-body interventions.  Our mission is to promote integration of psychological therapies into the management of a variety of physical disorders (e.g. GI disorders, neurological disorders, chronic pain, insomnia, cancer) AND to promote the adoption of evidence based, empirically supported holistic therapies into the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders (e.g. yoga, acupuncture, mindfulness meditation). The group is interested in both educating the public about what works, what we have evidence for, and what they can expect to gain from incorporating such treatments, and in educating professionals about the evidence base for such approaches and giving first steps for incorporating novel populations or approaches into their own practice.  We also want to encourage and promote high caliber research into promising areas where the evidence based is not yet substantial enough (e.g. neurotherapy). 

SIG Chair:

  • Melissa G. Hunt, PhD - University of Pennsylvania

SIG Vice-Chair:

  • Laura Rhodes Levin, MS, LMFT - The Missing Peace Center for Anxiety 

Board Liaison:
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP - Emory University School of Medicine

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Psychosocial Approaches to Medical Disorders (Mind to Body)

Evidence based psychotherapies can have much to offer individuals with medical disorders. In some cases (like the functional GI disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome) psychotherapy can be curative. In many other medical disorders, psychotherapy can help with coping, improving health related quality of life, managing pain, insomnia, fatigue, and adverse effects of medical treatments, and combating the secondary depression, anxiety and even PTSD that can come from living with a complex medical illness. Click on the linked content below to learn more about specific treatments.

Complementary Approaches to Mental Health (Body to Mind)

Evidence based psychotherapies can often be complemented and enhanced by treatment approaches that may be more traditional or natural. Many are based on folk systems that are hundreds or even thousands of years old. While modern scientific thinking may take issue with the traditional explanations of how these interventions work, there is no question that randomized controlled trials have demonstrated that some of these approaches do work for depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain management and other challenges, while others have yet to be sufficiently supported. 

  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Meditation
  • Stress & Relaxation Techniques
  • Yoga
  • Herbal Remedies
  • CBD
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
  • Hypnosis
  • Probiotics
  • Energy Focused Therapies/Tapping
  • Greg Siegle’s PURR