Over the years as a cognitive behavioral therapist, I’ve worked with numerous clients who are struggling with sleep. At first they start the conversation with, “I’m really upset about an argument with my spouse,” or “I’m here because I want to stop being so anxious.” Sleep is not the first thing on their mind when they walk into my office, but it probably is by the time they leave.
Insomnia is an epidemic that receives far too little attention. It is estimated that 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia at any given time. That equates to about one of every five adults, and that number tends to rise with age.
Sometime during 2013, a colleague handed me a book called Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia. I was hooked. It amazed me how straight-forward the treatment of insomnia could be, and how effective the method is. Word got out, and before I knew what was happening, I was inundated with clients who wanted to see me exclusively for sleep problems. The waiting list was upwards of three months long. It was time to expand on this untapped need.
On May 1st, 2018, the Behavioral Sleep Solutions program will launch. The ultimate goal of this program is to be able to provide effective evidence-based treatment of insomnia to the greatest number of clients in need. Accomplishing this will take a combination of individual sessions, groups, and the assistance of well-educated and supervised student interns.
With a treatment protocol that is as rigorously tested and effective as CBT for insomnia, there is no reason anyone should continue to suffer through sleepless nights. For more information about the Behavioral Sleep Solutions program, please see the Behavioral Sleep Solutions page.
Written by: Erin Shadle, LCSW