Are you constantly tired but can’t seem to get consistent, quality sleep?
If you need effective treatment for insomnia you came to the right place – we teach skills for managing your insomnia that have been proven to be helpful in the long-term treatment of insomnia.
How We Treat Insomnia
We specialize in a form of treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I has been shown to be highly effective for insomnia in over 50 clinical trials.
The National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine guidelines both recommend CBT-I as the preferred treatment for long-term insomnia relief.
What Does CBT-I Entail?
The science of insomnia is well understood – and it is clear that the things that cause insomnia initially are often different than what keeps insomnia around as a chronic problem. CBT-I targets the behaviors and thoughts that have kept your sleep problems around, not just what got your sleep problems started.
Treatment starts with a thorough assessment of your sleep habits. Then treatment is tailored to your personal situation using proven techniques you can learn to get your sleep back on track.
CBT-I helps you to…
- Practice specific techniques focused on the underlying causes of your insomnia
- Deal with lifestyle factors contributing to insomnia
- Recognize and address thoughts & beliefs that affect your ability to sleep
- Learn stress management techniques to combat chronic stress
Here is an article from NPR titled Working With A Therapist Can Help When Sleeping Pills Don’t
Why Not Just Use Sleeping Pills?
Medication is an option that lots of people use to address their issues with insomnia. However it’s not the only option. And if your insomnia is chronic, taking pills alone isn’t the best option. Research on treatment for insomnia has shown that CBT-I is equally effective as sleeping pills in the short-term and more effective than sleep medication in the long-term because it addresses the underlying causes of problems with sleep.
Whether or not to take medications is not a black-and-white decision, though. For some clients, the goal is to just reduce the amount of sleeping pills needed to get restful sleep.
Can I Afford Treatment?
You can use your insurance for CBT-I treatment & we accept and work with most forms of insurance.
What Can I Expect?
Treatment starts with a comprehensive assessment and in-person intake to evaluate your problems with sleep. Dr. Dexter will then discuss a treatment plan specific to you and your sleep issues. It is often helpful to share this treatment plan with your medical doctor so that all your health providers are working together for you. Once the treatment plan is agreed upon, treatment is designed to be short-term (usually 5-8 sessions). Our goal is not to keep people in treatment for longer than they need to be.
Why Not Buy A Workbook?
Self-help books can be a great resource and we can recommend some of our favorites to you. Consider whether a workbook has led to long-lasting change in your life. If so, great! If not, then maybe it’s time to consider getting help from a professional.
- CBT-I is scientifically proven to be effective for most people with insomnia
- CBT-I addresses the underlying causes of insomnia & is effective in the long-term
- Treatment can be effective in a relatively short period of time
- Quality, effective treatment is not only for the rich
Are you ready to start taking your health & energy back?
- Interested in starting CBT-I?
- Have a question?
- Ready to schedule with Dr. Dexter?
Send Dr. Dexter a confidential message using the form below & she will be in touch shortly.
About Amy Dexter, PsyD
Dr. Amy Dexter earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis on health psychology and gained specialized training in behavioral sleep treatment.
After completing her doctoral degree, she completed her postdoctoral training with focused supervision and clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Her training and education have also heavily emphasized evidence-based therapies that have been shown to work particularly well with chronic health issues.