It’s called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
What is CBT-I and how does it work?
CBT-I is a structured, strategic process that was developed into an effective treatment for insomnia that doesn’t rely on the aid of sleep medications. It combines a variety of components that work together to greatly improve both the quality and amount of sleep a person gets on any given night. There are six principal components of CBT-I. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia provides an in-depth focus on each of these components, giving clients the tools they need to improve their sleep and their lives. By the end of treatment, most clients walk away with genuine expertise on how to treat insomnia. They can apply their learned CBT-I techniques should insomnia flare up in the future.
How One-to-One CBT-I treatment works
Working with you one-on-one, Barbara will act as your personal insomnia recovery coach. You will work together for 6 to 8 sessions, meeting one time weekly for approximately 25 – 30 minutes. She will be teaching you the CBT-I method. During your sessions, Barbara will administer various psychological tests and use specific measuring tools to accurately diagnose your sleep disorder. She will collect pertinent data, analyze the findings, prescribe a tailored treatment plan, provide topic-related cognitive therapy to restructure self-defeating negative thoughts, and Barbara will be teaching you time-tested, practical techniques to promote continued success upon completion of treatment.
Advantages of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
CBT-I has become the first-line drug-free treatment for adults with chronic insomnia. It typically improves sleep in 75-80% of insomnia patients and reduces or eliminates sleeping pill use in 90% of patients. And, in three major studies that directly compared CBT-I to sleeping pills, CBT-I was more effective than sleeping pills. According to the most reputable and widely respected medical sources such as The American College of Physicians, The American Journal of Psychiatry and the New England Journal of Medicine, CBT-I also has no side effects and maintains improvements in sleep long-term.
CBT-I – A Practice Specialty at Barbara Jaurequi Counseling
Any experienced psychotherapist who treats people for depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder (ADD), relationship problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other diagnosable mental illnesses, can attest that the relationship between insomnia and mental illness is very often bi-directional, meaning that people with insomnia can also have a mental health problem and people with a mental health problem can often have insomnia. Working with her clients over the years, Barbara found that insomnia was often preventing them from making progress in therapy. Sometimes, they were depressed simply because they could not sleep. Sometimes, they were anxious because they were worried about getting enough sleep. Sometimes, they were so tired, they couldn’t focus on tasks, and that’s why they were sometimes wrongly diagnosed with ADD by their medical doctors. To be sure, a lack of quality sleep can make people feel down, worried, stressed, etc. Poor sleep can also cause irritability and can even cause trouble in our relationships at work or with loved ones.
See for yourself what all the experts are saying about CBT-I. Just read a couple of the following articles.
Clearly, the data on the efficacy of CBT-I is incredibly compelling. If you’re sick of coping with insomnia, don’t you owe it to yourself to explore whether CBT-I might be right for you?
Trained by the Leading Experts in Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Barbara received her training in CBT-I from some of the leading experts in the field of Behavioral Sleep Medicine including Dr. Donn Posner, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Dr. Michael Perlis, Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She continues to work with one of the top sleep medicine physicians in the Inland Empire, Dr. Mark Welch, Psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Specialist at Loma Linda University Health Sleep Medicine, consulting with him on a regular basis, partnering with him on complex cases, and co-teaching sleep medicine techniques in workshops large and small. Additionally, Barbara Jaurequi, LMFT is Licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to practice psychotherapy with people of all ages and backgrounds. She has extensive training and experience in treating a full range of psychopathologies with client populations of all kinds. She is a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Counselor and a member in good standing in a variety of professional organizations and societies.