You’re not alone. One in four people experience occasional insomnia and one in ten have chronic insomnia that may last months or years.
Most people with chronic insomnia have been on a long journey to get better sleep. They try a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements and alternative treatments; countless gadgets, apps and tools. Each remedy promises better sleep but fails to deliver. It can be an excruciating journey full of fatigue, anxiety and frustration.
WHAT IS CBT-I?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is overwhelmingly recommended as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia by the National Institutes of Health, American College of Physicians and multiple other medical groups. They recommend people with insomnia try CBT-I first, not sleeping pills. Why?
Research outcomes show the effects of CBT-I are clear:
- Improved sleep (70-80%)
- Reduced or eliminated sleep medications
- Decreased sleep-related anxiety and panic
- Sleep can continue to improve for 1-2 years after CBT-I
- Improvements can last 10 or more years
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
You will learn the skills to break the fever of chronic insomnia and decrease the likelihood that future bouts of acute insomnia will become chronic.
A comprehensive assessment leads to a personalized treatment plan addressing the various aspects of your unique insomnia story. CBT-I usually lasts 5- 8 sessions over 2-4 months. You will complete weekly sleep diaries.
Sessions are delivered by live two-way video. You need an internet connection, a computer/tablet with a video camera and microphone. You also need basic internet skills.
The initial 75 – 90 minute consultation is $240. Subsequent 50-minute consultations are $160. A sliding scale fee is available. Call the office prior to the first session to see if you qualify.
Ellen Friedman is an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies. Your insurance plan may include out-of-network benefits. Call your insurance company’s customer service number before treatment begins to find out if you are covered and how much you can expect to be reimbursed.