Sleep problems including insomnia

Having trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? Lying awake, tossing and turning? Unrefreshed in the morning? Or able to nap in the day but not sleep at night?

Insomnia is the most common sleeping difficulty reported by people of all ages. There are many treatments for insomnia. The most common remedy for sleeplessness has been sleeping pills. However, there are problems associated with their use including drug dependence and side effects.

The Better Sleep Program uses non-drug approaches to treating insomnia, and makes available practical, scientifically supported treatments from insomnia research. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an established treatment for insomnia helping clients to shorten the time they spend lying awake sleepless at night and improving their daytime functioning. Research on CBT for insomnia has found that it addresses the factors maintaining long-term insomnia and produces more long lasting improvements than drug therapy. Other non-drug therapies (eg. Bright light therapy) are also used for appropriate cases.

The Better Sleep Program is a set of coordinated services provided by the Canberra Sleep Clinic and PsychSessions psychology clinic. The program consists of:

  • Brief initial consultation with sleep physician
  • Objective Sleep Measurement of your sleep overnight in your own home or at the Canberra Sleep Clinic premises
  • Examination by a sleep physician to assess and correct any medical conditions contributing to the insomnia
  • Individualised Psychological Assessment and Treatment of your insomnia according to your specific needs. Clients gain knowledge and skills that help them to continue to manage their sleep in the long term.

For more information, please contact the Canberra Sleep Clinic (02) 6282 4955 located at Equinox Business Park, Building 2, ground floor, 70 Kent Street, Deakin ACT 2600

 

All psychologists at PsychSessions have some training and experience in dealing with sleep problems. However, the following psychologists have a special interest in sleep disorders, and where indicated have or are conducting research at a university into sleep disorders.

Dr Kathleen McNeill, PhD(Clin.Psych)

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Kathleen McNeill provides cognitive and behavioural treatments for insomnia and a range of other disorders including anxiety and depression. Kathleen has experience treating sleep disorders in a range of populations and has a specific interest in working with children and young people.

Dr Luke Johnston, PhD

Psychologist

Dr Luke Johnston provides cognitive and behavioural treatments for insomnia and a range of other disorders including anxiety and depression. Luke has experience treating sleep disorders in a range of populations and has a specific interest in working with children and young people.

Hannah Delchau

Psychologist

Hannah Delchau provides cognitive and behavioural treatments for insomnia and a range of other disorders including anxiety and depression. Hannah has a specific interest in working with children and young people with sleep disorders, as well as a range of other disorders including anxiety and depression.

Dr John Brown, PhD(Clin.Psych), MAPS

Clinical Psychologist

Dr John Brown has long held a keen interest in the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders. He established the close collaboration between PsychSessions and the Canberra Sleep Clinic, which led to the development of the Canberra Better Sleep Program. While in some respects John also brings other areas of expertise into therapy when relevant, especially for clients with a combination of a sleep disorder plus anxiety, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems, chronic pain or some other complex mental health condition. John combines cognitive, behavioural, and motivational approaches, along with optional clinical hypnosis when appropriate.