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 am a specialist in the gold standard treatment for chronic insomnia: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). My approach to treating insomnia is unique as I integrate treatment for chronic stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, & other difficulties that often go hand-in-hand with difficulty sleeping all at the same time. With this approach, I can help you get back your natural, honest sleep & eliminate your dependence on sleep medications in an average of only 4 to 8 weekly sessions.

— Dr. Brian Curtis, Clinical Psychologist in Woods Cross, UT

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 am trained in CBT-I, which is the gold standard treatment for insomnia.

— Stephanie Samudio, Therapist in Oswego, IL

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

Insomnia can come with a host of mental health concerns. Depression, anxiety, panic, and other concerns can cause insomnia to happen. I have experience with supporting folks work through these mental health struggles along with working on better sleep hygiene. Sleep is so important to mental wellness, and if this suffers, symptoms tend to increase. I find this may be worked on as well as other mental health concerns to support a person functioning.

— Rebekah Balch, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

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

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 Iowa City, IA

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

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

We love working with women struggling with sleep issues. Having babies, having insane work/life stress, as well as perimenipause and menopause can all create insomnia. We utilize cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT I) to help you slay your anxiety so you can get back to bed and back to your life.

— Bright Spot Therapy, Clinical Social Worker in Farmington Hills, MI

Dr. Croswell has extensive training and experience correcting sleep disorders through education of sleep-wake science to teach people to sleep naturally on their own without the need of sleep drugs. Dr. Croswell also treats nightmare disorder.

— Jaclyn Lewis-Croswell, Clinical Psychologist in Wesley Chapel, FL

Insomnia or difficulty sleeping can be a huge drain and make everything feel 10x harder. Using a specialized program called CBT-i, we can work together to improve your sleep. Most people see great results within the first few months. Feel free to schedule a call to learn more.

— Kasryn Kapp, Licensed Professional Counselor in , PA

If you have had trouble falling and/or staying asleep three or more days a week, for three or more months you may have insomnia. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) is recognized as the as the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia. Learn how CBTi can help improve your insomnia in 4-8 sessions of short-term treatment.

— Hafina Allen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Being unable to get regular, restful sleep is like slow torture. When your sleep is off, everything is off. You feel irritable, unfocused, and impatient. Your work suffers. Your relationships suffer. You just want some sleep! I help you get back to restful, regular sleep through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, or CBT-I. This brief treatment often gains significant results in about six sessions. It is as effective as medication but without side effects and with longer lasting results.

— Laura Mueller-Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in Round Rock, TX

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)

— Kimberly Jones, Psychologist in Colorado Springs, CO

ANXIETY & INSOMNIA NOT SURE IF ITS ANXIETY OR ADHD? ANXIOUS SYMPTOMS AFTER TRAUMA Are you prone to excess worry? Do you feel like your worry is disproportionate to the issue at hand? Anxiety is incredibly common, and along with it are some other challenges you might be living with: post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or phobias. First, it’s important for us not to vilify anxiety. Anxiety is a normal part of life; it gives us the energy to focus a little harder when studying for that big exam, taking care of a new baby, or in preparing more thoroughly before a high-stakes job interview. But it’s important to distinguish between those times when it gives us a much-needed boost of energy to allow us to circumvent a threat, and those times when the anxiety itself is more real than the supposed threat. In short, anxiety can take on a life of its own if not proactively managed. Where anxiety becomes a problem in your life is when it takes over the whole show, and actually leads to crippling effects rather than good performance. When it is so overwhelming that you feel paralyzed, or totally panicked. The “fight, flight, or freeze” nervous system response, aka "stress response," helps our brains and bodies prepare for some perceived danger, up ahead. The problem with anxiety disorders, is that the brain is triggered to initiate a stress response to when there is not imminent danger. Sometimes your brain triggers this response at relatively mundane challenges, like traffic, a move, or starting a new job. And at other times, your brain starts triggering your stress response when there is no clear reason. The variety and degree of symptoms are unique to each individual’s history and physiology, but some symptoms are pretty universal (e.g. muscle tension, sweating, rapid heartbeat or breathing, dread, or difficulty sleeping).

— Elyse Gong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA