It's Time To Sleep.
Online Therapy Services in San Diego, CA
When did you stop sleeping?
Sometimes it starts from a stressor - financial problems, health concerns, job loss, grief, overwhelming responsibilities, medical problems. You may not even be able to identify why the sleep issues started. You may be early into your insomnia struggle, or perhaps you have been trying to solve this puzzle for years. Therapy may not be an option you have considered. Let's see if this is a good choice for you.
Is this you?
Your mental health and physical wellbeing can no longer sustain this pattern of night after night being consumed by insomnia.
You start thinking about sleep way before it's time to go to bed. Sometimes the anxiety about insomnia goes on all day, so while you are out of bed you spend your time thinking about being asleep; while you are in bed you spend your time thinking about being awake
You keep waking up all through the night - then the worry starts, the thoughts take over, and it is impossible to fall back into a deep sleep.
You can't fall asleep at bedtime, even if you were so tired earlier that you fell asleep on the couch or in your favorite chair.
You are wide awake too early in the morning, way before your alarm, feeling the pressure to fall back asleep and get those last few hours in before it is time to get out of bed.
You have been to a sleep specialist for a full medical workup and there are no diagnosed medical issues causing the sleep disruption.
You have been taking medication to sleep and it's not really helping anymore OR your doctor has told you he/she will no longer prescribed the medication. Perhaps you want to get off the medication before you become too dependent on it for sleep.
You have been to therapy - it did not resolve your insomnia!
So how will therapy help?
At some point when the struggle with sleep started, you probably adapted your behavior in an effort to get more sleep. Many behaviors implemented in an effort to help sleep are actually make the insomnia worse. These are things like trying to "catch up on sleep" or "make up for lost sleep", spending more time in bed, sleeping anywhere you can in an attempt to just get some rest and feel better! Thoughts and feelings about sleep also change as insomnia continues. Sleep becomes a very stressful and difficult experience, rather than a relaxing and natural occurring event.
We will work together with a specific, clinically proven protocol to change your behaviors and thoughts related to sleep. Essentially, it means re-teaching your body how to sleep on it's own, and building sleep confidence so that you feel good again about your ability to get a good night's rest.
What is different about my therapy practice?
I maintain a small caseload so that I can provide high quality, attentive care to all of my clients. Between sessions, I am accessible and very responsive to questions and concerns.
My goal is for you to start seeing results as soon as possible. Beginning with the first session, we will discuss tools to utilize for improved wellbeing.
I keep openings in my schedule each week so that I have availability for new patients. When you are ready to start, I don't want you to have to wait! Video sessions allow more flexibility with scheduling for both new and current clients so that we can find a time that works best for you.
Cognitive Behavioral Sleep Strategies to Treat Chronic Insomnia
Inability to sleep is an endless cycle of frustration. You are exhausted, yet unable to sleep, which can cause the night to seem like an eternity. You are up alone suffering quietly while it seems like the rest of the world is sleeping. Daytime comes, which only brings more fatigue and inability to concentrate or function at your best. Yet when bedtime arrives, the cycle continues as you once again struggle to get through the night. Your quality of life is suffering if you are unable to sleep!
Sleep therapy is a highly effective treatment for insomnia and sleep disorders. The American College of Physicians recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) as first-line treatment for insomnia. Find out more about how CBT-I can help you.
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