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Mental Health

Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness or occasional mental distress. Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can trigger chemicals in the brain that turn on pain signals in the rest of your body, including the gut. Taking care of your mental health plays a pivotal role in your overall health.


"If something is off in your body, it's going to impact your brain"

A psychiatrist can help identify the underlying cause of an illness and help determine whether it's physical symptoms can be reduced by addressing the individual's mental health. Psychiatrists receive medical training that allows them to prescribe medications and carry out procedures to target the physiological symptoms. They examine both psychological and physiological symptoms and work closely with primary care physicians and other mental health professionals to devise appropriate treatment plans. At IOPBM, gut health is tied into psychiatric visits because of the way that physical pain can put our body and mind in a place of activation and hyper vigilance, causing bloating, constipation, and other gastrointestinal discomfort. These sessions help you identify how emotions affect how the body feels and help create practices to heal both emotional and physical symptoms.

A psychologist helps individuals to better manage and cope with the effects of mental health conditions. They assist in identifying a path for people to take when trying to solve behavioral and mental health problems and undergo years of training and education to provide a variety of mental health services. Psychologist visits at IOPBM consist of individual and group sessions. A visit with a psychologist at IOPBM would focus on how GI symptoms and mental health are correlated. GI symptoms can add to mental health struggles and stress, and vice-versa. However, with support there can be an opportunity to better your quality of life by learning how to regulate the autonomic nervous system.

  • Psychologist: Dr. Goodman 
  • Psychiatrist: Dr. McFadden 

Dr. Goodman specializes in:
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Compassion
  • Core Values
  • Motivational Enhancement
  • Sleep Skills
  • Habit Building
  • Psychological Self- Regulation
  • Somatic Practices
  • Trauma-Informed Meditation
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Behavior Change
  • Communication/ Messaging Strategies
  • Political Depolarization
Dr. Goodman offers group sessions and individual sessions. Contact us for specific details and topics for group sessions.

Dr. McFadden is trained in:

  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatric Genetics
  • Nutritional Psychiatry
  • Women’s and Perinatal Psychiatry
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproductive Mental Health
  • Trauma in the Nervous System
  • Somatic Healing
  • Managing hormones
  • Impact of stressful work environments on health
  • Developing healthy relationships
  • Managing mental health balance during the pandemic
Dr. McFadden offers group and individual sessions. Contact us to get more information about group sessions with both Dr. McFadden and Dr. Goodman.

Dr. Matthew Goodman, Ph.D.

Matthew Goodman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY32423) specializing in behavioral medicine and mind-body health. He works with patients across the health continuum, from anxiety to GI Disorders to Diabetes, teaching skills to self-regulate the nervous system and make positive behavior change. Patients working with Dr. Goodman learn practical skills such as mindfulness, self-compassion, and breathing techniques. They are also guided in living a life that is consistent with their values, discovering inner courage and compassion along the way. Dr. Goodman serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, where he supervises psychiatry residents. He is the author of “Simple Stress Reduction: Easy and Effective Practices for Kids, Teens, and Adults,” a step-by-step guide to learning stress-reduction skills.