In August 2020, I completed my certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia: Evidenced-based Insomnia Interventions for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression and Chronic Pain. This is commonly known as CBTi. My training allows me to provide brief, evidence-based therapy to help you learn to sleep better and to treat the root causes of your sleep issues.
CBTi begins with a thorough assessment to rule out medical issues that may be disrupting your sleep, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy in addition to primary insomnia. I also asses for parasomnias such as sleepwalking, REM behavior disorders and sleep talking or eating. If I suspect there are medical issues, we may need to refer you to a sleep clinic so your sleep can be observed and measured overnight.
Assuming we begin treating insomnia, keeping a Sleep Diary will be a major component of this work as well as modifying your bedtime, wake time and other behaviors. You will learn about sleep hygiene and we will monitor your progress with specific changes. We will work together on mindfulness and relaxation strategies plus planning for what to do when you find yourself awake at night.
I have also been trained in other challenges for people with sleep disturbances and PTSD, as well as Chronic Pain. If these are things you need help with, don't hesitate to contact me. Sleep is too precious to go without.