Insomnia

Insomnia, defined as persistent problems falling and/or staying asleep, can be caused by many things, including mental health and medical conditions, stressful life events, bad sleep habits, specific substances, or even certain genetic factors. Whatever the cause, an inability to get the sleep you need can be incredibly hard to deal with. Insomnia can make you feel exhausted all day and it can also cause irritability, anxiety and problems with concentration or memory. The good news is that behavioral therapy for insomnia has been proven as an effective treatment for chronic sleep problems and is often recommended as the first line of defense. If you are having trouble with insomnia, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified insomnia experts today.

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The type of neurofeedback that I do focuses on the slowest waves produced by the brain. These rhythms are crucial in the sleep/wake cycle and impacting them can regulate sleep cycles, relieving insomnia.

— Jessica Weimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Insomnia is the gold standard for treating insomnia. I add to it clinical hypnosis and neurofeedback to help you fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.

— Tenley Fukui, Counselor in Houston, TX
 

Has your bed become the enemy? Is it hard to fall asleep because of all the thoughts racing through your head when you lie down? CBT-I therapy for insomnia is a highly effective and short-term treatment (5-8 sessions on average) for insomnia. It can help you sleep again even if you've struggled with insomnia for 50 years. I love this therapy because it's so quick and effective that my people can't believe their results. I can also help you put an end to nightmares in 2-3 sessions.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO

I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for clients who are struggling with sleep difficulties. I also provide Imagery Rehearsal Training (IRT), which is a 1-3 session intervention to assist people who experience frequent, repetitive nightmares. I received training in both of these approaches through the Minneapolis VA.

— Jen Aakre, Clinical Psychologist in Minneapolis, MN
 

I am Board Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. I treat insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, pediatrics, insufficient sleep disorder, and CPAP non-compliance.

— Richard Blackburn, Psychologist in Stacy, MN

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is the the first-line treatment for sleep issues. It’s a six-week program that includes carefully tracking sleep data, implementing and revising a sleep treatment plan, and the use of techniques to reduce awakenings, daytime sleepiness, and fatigue. We also focus on strategies to reduce arousal and anxiety prior to bed (which delays your bedtime), and how to effectively monitor your sleep habits. Such a fun treatment!

— Kristen Casey, Psychologist
 

Sleep difficulty is one of the most common symptoms of depression, anxiety, or overall stress. It's also one of the most troublesome -- if you're not sleeping well, it almost doesn't matter what else you do because you're probably feeling lousy for that reason alone. Most people treat insomnia with medication, which can be effective, but insomnia can also be very effectively treated via cognitive behavioral therapy (with or without medication), with better chances for long-term improvement.

— David Velleman, Clinical Psychologist

Do you or your child suffer from sleepless nights, sleeping too much during the day, nightmares, night terrors, or other sleep related disorders? These problems can stem from pre-existing mental health issues, or contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. Dr. Nadel specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders for both adults and children. Treatment for sleep disorders entails a detailed evaluation and tailored interventions to address your specific sleep related problem.

— Karen Nadel, Clinical Psychologist in Cresskill, NJ
 

Sleep medications don’t deliver the same restorative benefits as natural sleep, and even though people who take them often swear by them, research suggests that the drugs don’t tend to increase sleep quality beyond placebos. Currently, the best available treatment method for combating chronic sleeplessness is not pharmacological at all; it’s psychological.

— Douglas Rugh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC

I have training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. I believe sleep is key to a mind and body at peace, but can be so elusive for the anxious and stressed.

— Summer Myers, Art Therapist
 

I treat insomnia disorders using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). I will help you understand your sleep problem, provide education on sleep hygiene, and work with you to problem-solve and reset your sleep patterns. In addition, I can work with you on preventative skills to help you manage stress, anxiety, and mood to prevent future flare-ups.

— Jody Kircher, Clinical Psychologist in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is effective and short-term, typically taking 6-8 sessions. Insomnia usually results from developing bad sleeping habits over a period of time for one reason or another. One bad habit is not that big of a deal, but when a lot of bad habits get thrown into the same bed for a period of time, no one gets any sleep and being tired becomes the norm! While we are working together to improve your sleep you’ll keep a daily sleep diary (very easy and quick to fill out) that I’ll review at every session. This information will help us find your stuck points throughout the treatment and allow us to see your progress.

— Melissa Leedy, Counselor in Broken Arrow, OK
 

Living with insomnia is not only distressing but has real, serious implications for your health and wellbeing. Chronically sleep-deprived people have a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. A lot of counselors focus on sleep hygiene as the “cure” for insomnia, but the truth is that sleep hygiene isn’t enough. Together, we will go beyond sleep hygiene to help you sleep well again.

— Tonya Molnar, Counselor