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My Journey with Insomnia 

It’s time to regain control of your sleep! As a former sufferer of chronic insomnia, I can relate to sleepless nights, tossing and turning in bed, and worrying about how I would be able to function the next day. This became the norm -- rather than the exception-- gradually governing my life. 

 

 I was convinced that it was my fate to battle with sleep and saw myself taking sleep medications for the rest of my life. 

 

However, once I learned CBT-I as a clinician, I realized how my behaviors and thoughts perpetuated and worsened my insomnia. If I had previously known about CBT-I, I would have had relief in my sleep and overall mood and anxiety.

 

I share my background to let you know that I am passionate about sleep and helping others avoid the same mistakes I made. My road was long, but now I sleep well and wake refreshed the next day. I do have some nights of insomnia, but they are far between. It is not the bogeyman it was before.

 

As a licensed mental health therapist, I am well-versed in treating other mental health disorders of which insomnia is a symptom. However, I witnessed many times how insomnia persisted despite the improvement of other symptoms. Sometimes, insomnia may be a side effect of medications, and often, the solution is to add a sleep medication to your medication regimen.

 

Even if you need or wish to continue taking medications for sleep, you will have more control of your insomnia than you are led to believe. If you and your prescriber decide it's time to stop taking medications for sleep, CBT-I can increase the likelihood of success. We can work together in getting you off medications for sleep. 

If your insomnia is due to unprocessed past experiences, we may decide to add a few EMDR sessions after CBT-I to your treatment regimen.

Trainings and Certifications:

 

  • CBT-I Training - The University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson.

  • Advanced CBT-I Training - Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania.

  • CBT-I Consultations -  Stanford University Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP). 

  • University of Arizona Sleep and Health Research Program ongoing trainings. 

  • EMDR Certified Therapist by EMDRIA. 

  • EMDRIA Member.

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