Chronic Gastrointestinal Issues? Restore your Gut using Nutrition, Psychology, and Mind-Body Therapies


The gut and the brain are directly connected.


The gut-brain axis is currently a hot research topic, studied by many universities around the world. There is an explosion of new fields showing how the bacteria in our gut can affect our hormones, our mental health, and so many other functions of our body. That is another strong reason to get our gastrointestinal health in check and bring our microbiome back into balance.


Our microbiome is affected by many things.


It’s been now shown consistently in studies that many factors affect gut health, including:

  • Stress

  • Mental health (depression, anxiety, trauma)

  • Environment

  • Sensitivities

  • Lifestyle

  • Nutrition

  • Sedentarism

And this is why it is important to use a holistic approach.

It takes a multidisciplinary approach.


Given the complex relationships between the gut and the other body systems, it is important to address many aspects of the imbalance.

Mental Health


Feeding the good bacteria and starving the bad ones will slowly and steadily bring your microbiome back into balance. Low FODMAP diet is only one of the approaches that can be used. We will find out what works best for you.

Nervous System

Stress can trigger, amplify and prolong gastrointestinal issues. We will regulate your nervous system through a combination of mindfulness, restorative yoga, visualization techniques, and even art and music therapy.

What type of problems can be addressed with this approach?


This integrative multimodal approach has helped people with:

  • Disorders of the gut-brain interaction (DGBI)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Heartburn / GERD
  • Indigestion
  • Chronic Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Bloating

Why choose us?


Gut imbalance disorders such as IBS, heartburn, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea require changes starting with your mind and your lifestyle. Those changes in mindset and behavior require a long-term individualized approach. Our thera-coaching gut health program does exactly that.

This program has been designed by Dr. Elaine Barretto, a board-certified health and wellness coach and Lifestyle Medicine professional, with a Master’s degree in Psychological Medicine and Mental Health. Among other things, she is also a registered yoga teacher, a mindfulness practitioner, and a nutrition specialist, and has received training aimed at gut health from renowned universities and some of the best specialists in the world. And she has applied that knowledge to help many others like you. Being a former scientist, she takes science very seriously,  only working with evidence-based approaches, and staying constantly updated on the latest findings.

We have also partnered with Nerva to provide gut-directed hypnotherapy, contact us to learn more.

And last but not least, Dr. Elaine also suffers from IBS. That alone doesn’t make her an expert, but certainly someone that can relate to your experience. And she has managed her condition using the same approach that we now teach clients. We would love to help you find your way to less discomfort and a healthier gut.