I offer a 15 minute phone/email discussion to review your sleep problems, and to consider with you whether psychological therapy may be helpful. Depending on the nature of the sleep difficulties, symptoms may improve quickly or may indicate a longer-term commitment to therapy. I will be very happy to discuss my approach in greater detail and answer any questions you may have.
I provide therapeutic interventions for difficulties including:
- Sleep, stress and adjustment to life events
- Sleep and relationship issues
- Sleep problems relating to childhood development
- Sleep problems in the context of parenthood
- Sleep difficulties and co-existing mental-health problems (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma)
- Sleep difficulties associated with physical health problems (e.g. pain, illness)
I work with sleep problems in the context of co-existing mental and physical health issues, however, it is often advisable to investigate physical causes or contributors by visiting your GP.
Please contact me via phone/text/email for further therapy information and protocols for in-person work during COVID-19.
Workshops for health, education and business
I provide educational workshops and training to cover topics including:
- The role of sleep for emotional well-being and cognitive function
- Understanding psychological sleep difficulties and insomnia
- Psychological models and interventions for sleep (incl. CBT, ACT, Mindfulness)
Please contact me to discuss individual requirements.
Digitalised Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)
Often it is not possible to access specialised therapy for sleep, due to a lack of providers. Digitalised CBT-I programmes have enabled a large number of people to access support through a guided self-help format. There is good evidence to support the effectiveness of these online programmes for various groups. Access is free through a GP referral or through IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, depending on where you live. These 6-8 week courses can also be purchased online.
The information you need on SleepStation and Sleepio can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/sleep/.
It is important to note that CBT-I requires a commitment and adherence to behavioural interventions which, without the support of the therapeutic relationship, may be difficult for some people. The therapeutic relationship is a key process for long-term change and may be especially important when sleep problems are complex and distress is high. I will be very happy to discuss the suitability of various approaches for your individual circumstances.
TED talk “Sleep is your superpower” by Professor Matthew Walker
TED talk by Professor Russell Foster “Why do we sleep?”
Useful Websites and Helplines
www.sleepcouncil.org.uk – A National Body for a Sleep Health
NHS guidance on insomnia
NHS guidance on the causes, symptoms and management of insomnia, with a free self-assessment tool.
NHS guidance for sleep-health (‘sleep hygiene’)
Mental Health Foundation Website
For information about mental health problems, including sleep problems.
0300 123 3393
I am committed to allocating time for local projects and community events where sleep-health can be promoted. I am keen to work collaboratively with professionals who specialise in holistic approaches to well-being and established mind-body practices.
- BBC Radio Solent Breakfast Show interview to support the Back to School series.
- HerHampshire Magazine Article- Sleep Health during COVID-19
- Coming soon for 2021- Free community-based Mindfulness taster sessions