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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I have extensive training and expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). This is considered the best treatment for insomnia and is highly effective. I will work with you determine what is contributing to your insomnia and then to change your behaviors to improve your sleep. We will work together to identify and address anything contributing to insomnia, such as anxiety.

— Sari Chait, Psychologist in Newton, MA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a heavily researched, short-term treatment that is just as effective as sleep medications in the short run and, in the long run, MORE effective - clients continue to experience benefit long after treatment concludes. Treatment addresses the thoughts and the behaviors that interfere with sleep, teaching clients the skills they need to get better quality sleep and get more of it. CBT-I clients work closely with a therapist to develop and refine a plan designed to specifically address their unique sleep problems Education about the biological and psychological processes that regulate sleep is an essential part of the treatment. I have worked with clients who suffered from insomnia for twenty years or more and are now sleeping six or more hours every night.

— Katherine Chiba, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am trained in an evidence based treatment called CBT-I. This protocol is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is shown to be very effective in treating insomnia.

— Judy Nemmers, Clinical Social Worker in West Des Moines, IA

Insomia is pervasive in our society these days for many reasons and to the person suffering it feels intractable. While it may feel hopeless, it is not. Studies have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), a highly structured 5-session model, is currently the most effective treatment and significantly more effective than prescription sleeping pills. The National Institute of Health and The American College of Physicians recommend CBT-I as the first line treatment.

— Tara Noone, Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

Sleep disturbance can happen in early sleep hours, middle sleep, or late sleep/early morning awakening. If you are struggling with this issue, or have a loved one that is suffering from the results of poor sleep, then you understand the impact that sleep disorders can have on your life. Whether this will be your first appointment with a professional to resolve insomnia or you are reaching out after many unsuccessful attempts with other types of treatment, I encourage you to contact me.

— Anissa Bell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 Portland, OR