Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
For millions of people in the United States today, problems with sleep are a nightly occurrence. When you try to function without sufficient sleep, in a constant state of fatigue, every aspect of daily life becomes more challenging. Staying awake while driving, being able to work and concentrate with full attentiveness, as well as being available to friends and family all become more difficult and less enjoyable. Continuous deficits in sleep affect mood, memory, as well as many other aspects of one’s physical and emotional health. One’s relationships can be affected as well.
Frequently people do not seek adequate help for insomnia. Many people wrestle with insomnia for so long that they assume being unable to sleep well is “just the way they are.”
Not all sleep problems need to be handled with medication. Non-pharmacologic remedies have proven successful for insomnia. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is particularly effective (non-pharmacological) treatment approach to insomnia as well as other sleep related issues.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be a solution for sleep related issues. CBT is a model of psychotherapy that examines the relationship between the patient’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. A primary intervention of the CBT therapist is to help the patient identify what they are thinking and then how their thoughts are causing them to feel and act a certain way. In the case of insomnia, the CBT therapist works with the patient to examine what their thoughts are when they go to bed, and how those thoughts might be contributing to the insomnia or other issues impairing sleep. In essence CBT helps the patient “turn their mind off” or as I like to say “stop the committee meeting in your head when you lay down at night” so they can relax and get the rest they need. CBT can be adapted for children and teens that are having sleep problems as well.
Listen to your body. When you have Stress, Worry, Anxiety, Pain, Money Problems, Relationship Issues, Depression, Family concerns, Work related Challenges, as well as most other emotional issues they often present as barriers to sleep.
Take the first step in improving the quality of your sleep as well as overall health and give me a call at 561-409-9701.
I am a psychotherapist located in Boca Raton, FL. I treat children, adolescents, and adults who are seeking solutions to their concerns as well as growth. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I have over 23 years of experience as a psychotherapist. In addition to my clinical practice, I also am an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College, teaching primarily in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Adults and Children, Couples Therapy and Family Therapy, Human Sexuality, as well as other clinical electives. To learn more about my practice go to www.drdavidw.com