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.

Meet the specialists

You're anxious so you can't sleep, and lack of sleep makes you more anxious. This cycle is brutal to your mental and physical health, and can amplify every issue happening in your life. Sleep is vital. I have lived experience as a survivor of trauma and lifelong insomniac. I can help you learn effective strategies for getting needed rest. Moreover, we will address root causes for long-term relief.

— Nathan Heydari, Counselor in Milwaukie, OR

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

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

Our practice specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is a non-medication based approach to helping people with Insomnia, and anxiety around sleep.

— Martin Hsia, in Glendale, CA

Are you looking for a non-medication approach to treating your sleep issues? Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) can be a highly effective treatment to help you re-set your sleep function. Many clients experience relief and freedom from sleep aids. Call for a complimentary phone consultation to see if CBT-i is right for you.

— Jennifer Kwong, Psychologist in Richmond Hill, ONTARIO,

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 , IA

Do you have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or falling back to sleep once you’ve awoken in the wee hours? I can help! I am trained in CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is a structured program backed by research that helps identify and replace thoughts and behaviors that cause or worsen sleep problems, combined with developing habits that promote sound sleep. Unlike sleeping pills, CBT-Insomnia helps overcome the underlying causes of sleep problems.

— Olivia Posner, Counselor in Asheville, NC

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

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 Albany, 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

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

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

— Summer Myers, Art Therapist

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

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

My approach to treating insomnia is with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Insomnia (CBT-I) a evidence based approach.

— Linda Ritchie, Psychologist in Reston, VA

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

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

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

I am certified in the treatment of insomnia with CBT-I, a cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia. Research shows that chronic insomnia is a learned behavior which can be unlearned, with most people finding relief in just six sessions. Using medication to treat chronic insomnia becomes ineffective over time because it does not treat the cause of chronic insomnia: thoughts and behaviors. You can eliminate medication, reduce sleepless nights, and increase your self-confidence.

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ

CBT-I is the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. Seventy-eighty percent who try CBT-I get significantly better sleep. Improvements can last 10+ years. It is the key to learning to sleep without sleeping pills. It works for insomnia related to depression, anxiety, cancer, pain, childbirth & menopause. Sessions are delivered online using live two-way video. Services are available for adults anywhere in Texas

— Ellen Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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

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

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, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

The constant feeling of being wired but not tired that so many insomnia sufferers deal with is a great thing to be able to let go of on your path towards healing. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insonmia (CBT-I) and mindfulness strategies to help clients escape the cycle of sleepless nights and day time dragging.

— Ginger Houghton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Farmington Hills, MI

Dr. Feinberg received specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) the current gold-standard treatment for insomnia. Dr. Feinberg has experience treating veterans with co-occurring PTSD and insomnia. In addition, Dr. Feinberg provided peer consultation for PTSD treatments, as well as supervision and consultation to psychology interns on a weekly basis for both CBT-I and PTSD related evidence-based therapy.

— Dr. Tslil Feinberg, Clinical Psychologist

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

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