GI Behavioral Therapy Care Team
Megan Riehl, Psy.D., is a clinical health psychologist specializing in providing comprehensive treatment to patients with gastrointestinal problems. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and the Clinical Director of the GI Behavioral Health Program. One of the state’s only psychologists with a specific focus on GI disorders, Dr. Riehl’s collaborative approach focuses on tailoring treatment plans to improve patients’ quality of life, decrease the frequency and intensity of medical symptoms, manage stress and improve coping skills. Her approach relies on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy to design unique and flexible treatment plans tailored to the individual.
Christina Jagielski, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jagielski utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches for a range of gastrointestinal conditions including cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation training and gut-directed hypnosis.
New Patient Appointments and Insurance
At this time, adult patients (18 years and older) must be under the care of a Michigan Medicine gastroenterologist who would be happy to place a referral to the GI Behavioral Health Program.
After being referred, a new patient in the GI Behavioral Health Program participates in a comprehensive consultation with a psychologist. During the consultation, the patient’s medical history, GI symptoms, stress and coping skills will be discussed, as well as the patient’s goals for treatment.
Central to the consultation is a review of the New Patient Health Questionnaire, which the patient completes and brings to the appointment.
Together, the psychologist and the patient develop a treatment plan, including the number and frequency of clinic visits. Treatment plans typically involve five to seven visits, scheduled weekly or bi-weekly at the Taubman Center or West Ann Arbor Health Center.
Many insurance providers cover the cost of GI behavioral health services. The clinic staff will make an initial inquiry with the insurance provider, but it is also recommended that patients contact their insurance company prior to the initial visit to verify coverage.
Contact the GI Behavioral Health Program
To schedule an appointment with a Michigan Medicine gastroenterologist or for existing patients who need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, call the GI Call Center at 1-800-229-7408.