CBT-I

We are not scheduling new patient appointments at this time and our wait list is full. We will contact existing individuals on the waitlist on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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 a microphone. You also need basic internet skills.

FEES

The initial 75-90 minute consultation is $375. Subsequent 50-minute sessions are $250.

INSURANCE

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.