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Behavioral Medicine
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a short-term, solution-focused approach that can help clients overcome insomnia with cognitive and behavioral strategies that have been proven effective at improving sleep without or with reduced use of sleep medication.

Insomnia is one of the most commonly reported health complaints among American adults: about 1/3 of us experience difficulty falling or staying asleep. Poor sleep can negatively impact elements of your daily functioning, such as mood, relationships, and job performance.

A psychologist who specializes in CBT-I can help clients learn and practice strategies to improve sleep:

  • Understanding how thoughts and perceptions about sleep affect actual ability to fall and stay asleep
  • How to reframe thoughts and beliefs about sleep and sleep-related struggles
  • How to optimize sleep habits for longer, deeper, better sleep
  • How daily stressors and even medical conditions can impact sleep
  • Learn coping strategies

With a commitment to CBT-I, you will learn how to:

  • Determine your actual sleep needs
  • Shift your thoughts and behaviors about sleep from negative to positive
  • Strengthen your sleep system
  • Create the right physical and mental environment for sleep
  • Manage stress
  • Employ relaxation response techniques
  • Reduce or eliminate dependency on sleep medication

CBT-I is ideal for adults who:

  • Have difficulty falling or staying asleep at least 2-3 times per week.
  • Are experiencing a life transition or stressful life event.
  • Are college students adjusting to living away from home and/or with a roommate.
  • Want to avoid or reduce sleep medication usage.
  • Can commit to attending regular sessions and completing “homework” on a regular basis for approximately 8-12 weeks.

For more information or to find a psychologist who specializes in CBT-I, please call us at (781) 551-0999 or fill out our brief online intake form.

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