Sleep or Insomnia Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Sara Hickmann
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. I see adolescents and adults for a range of clinical issues including ADHD, PTSD, sleep issues, anxiety, depression and anger management. I also provide mental skills training to athletes and high performers who are focused on making it to the next level, recovering from injury or want to maximize their production.
I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. I see adolescents and adults for a range of clinical issues including ADHD, PTSD, sleep issues, anxiety, depression and anger management. I also provide mental skills training to athletes and high performers who are focused on making it to the next level, recovering from injury or want to maximize their production.
(917) 809-6299 View (917) 809-6299
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Healthy Within Neurofeedback
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
Sleep improves, self regulation gets better.
We are a cutting-edge state-of-the-art brain care center for ALL brain conditions. Neurofeedback brings improvement if you have tried medications and have not had the most optimum results. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Pain conditions, Addictions, and Autism are all conditions we are experts at. I am a warm, compassionate, seasoned Integrative Psychologist who brings over 3 decades years of experience. Gut/Brain Health and Neuroscience is also our specialty. We offer Neurofeedback as a treatment for brain regulation. If you want research-based innovative brain care, we are the clinic for you.
Sleep improves, self regulation gets better.
We are a cutting-edge state-of-the-art brain care center for ALL brain conditions. Neurofeedback brings improvement if you have tried medications and have not had the most optimum results. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Pain conditions, Addictions, and Autism are all conditions we are experts at. I am a warm, compassionate, seasoned Integrative Psychologist who brings over 3 decades years of experience. Gut/Brain Health and Neuroscience is also our specialty. We offer Neurofeedback as a treatment for brain regulation. If you want research-based innovative brain care, we are the clinic for you.
(858) 330-2303 View (858) 330-2303
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Dr. Danielle D Alfrey
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92109
I have significant experience in treating insomnia, work-related stress (e.
Hello there! I'd be happy to work with you. I work mostly with adults, some teens on a limited basis. I have a specialty in medical psychology (i.e., health behavior change, insomnia, weight loss, cancer, grief/bereavement, etc.). Treatment is also available for those who suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, and difficult life circumstances. Cognitive behavioral therapy is offered along with a motivational interviewing approach that is supportive and non-confrontational. Please email, or text to set up your intake appt. (619) 880-5711. Please include insurance info.
I have significant experience in treating insomnia, work-related stress (e.
Hello there! I'd be happy to work with you. I work mostly with adults, some teens on a limited basis. I have a specialty in medical psychology (i.e., health behavior change, insomnia, weight loss, cancer, grief/bereavement, etc.). Treatment is also available for those who suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, and difficult life circumstances. Cognitive behavioral therapy is offered along with a motivational interviewing approach that is supportive and non-confrontational. Please email, or text to set up your intake appt. (619) 880-5711. Please include insurance info.
(619) 361-7359 View (619) 361-7359
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Anissa Bell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY OFFERING ONLINE THERAPY ONLY: You want to understand more about yourself and the struggles interfering with having the life you desire. You are feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, looking for guidance to provide relief. You're tired of managing this on your own, or with support that hasn't been quite the right fit for your needs. My goal is to help you understand and manage your anxiety, stress, insomnia, relationship stress, mood changes (or all of these), so that you can thrive. You are here because you are ready! Let's discuss your goals so we can take proactive steps together towards positive change.
CURRENTLY OFFERING ONLINE THERAPY ONLY: You want to understand more about yourself and the struggles interfering with having the life you desire. You are feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, looking for guidance to provide relief. You're tired of managing this on your own, or with support that hasn't been quite the right fit for your needs. My goal is to help you understand and manage your anxiety, stress, insomnia, relationship stress, mood changes (or all of these), so that you can thrive. You are here because you are ready! Let's discuss your goals so we can take proactive steps together towards positive change.
(858) 256-7968 View (858) 256-7968
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Dr. Charles R. Freeman, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Not Verified Not Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
As one of the premier sleep psychologists in CA, I have experience treating sleep problems, trauma, anxiety, depression, and more.
IInsomnia affects every facet of your life. Your insomnia might be making you feel depressed or anxious, frustrated with poor memory or mental “fog,” or like you’re constantly sick. However it’s manifesting, you’re starting to see the effects: relationships are suffering, work is slipping, life feels dull, and you feel helpless to stop it. You need sound solid sleep because you need to feel better, but even more than that, you want to get to the root of this problem altogether...so you can get rid of it for good. You’re ready to not stress every night as you lie awake, to heal past wounds in your life, and to feel hope again.
As one of the premier sleep psychologists in CA, I have experience treating sleep problems, trauma, anxiety, depression, and more.
IInsomnia affects every facet of your life. Your insomnia might be making you feel depressed or anxious, frustrated with poor memory or mental “fog,” or like you’re constantly sick. However it’s manifesting, you’re starting to see the effects: relationships are suffering, work is slipping, life feels dull, and you feel helpless to stop it. You need sound solid sleep because you need to feel better, but even more than that, you want to get to the root of this problem altogether...so you can get rid of it for good. You’re ready to not stress every night as you lie awake, to heal past wounds in your life, and to feel hope again.
(619) 727-6356 View (619) 727-6356
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Katharine Lacefield
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92102
After experiencing a traumatic or stressful event, you may find that you feel different: perhaps you move between feeling overwhelmed by fear, shame, anger, or sadness, to numbing out; maybe your world has gotten smaller as you avoid doing things you used to love; or you may have noticed your thoughts about yourself, the world, and other people start to change such that control, trust, and safety have become difficult themes for you. Additionally, maybe you notice your sleep has worsened, making everything harder. Trauma and stress take a toll on all aspects of your life, but you don't have to battle it alone.
After experiencing a traumatic or stressful event, you may find that you feel different: perhaps you move between feeling overwhelmed by fear, shame, anger, or sadness, to numbing out; maybe your world has gotten smaller as you avoid doing things you used to love; or you may have noticed your thoughts about yourself, the world, and other people start to change such that control, trust, and safety have become difficult themes for you. Additionally, maybe you notice your sleep has worsened, making everything harder. Trauma and stress take a toll on all aspects of your life, but you don't have to battle it alone.
(619) 485-6959 View (619) 485-6959
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Megan Rhoads
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work specifically with people who suffer from dual-diagnosis struggles in that they not only suffer from anxiety/ depression, but also sleep issues.
People who come to me for help often report feeling drastically different and more in-control of their daily lives after just a few sessions. My approach brings about lasting change and empowers my patients to make decisions that are in their own best interest. In each meeting, we will work collaboratively to establish a path toward clearly-defined goals. If you often find yourself reacting to a situation in an unseemly manner, then wonder "Why did I just do that?" I believe you have the answer, and I can help you find it. See my website to get to know me better, plus view my blog, TEDx Talk, and sign up for my monthly newsletter!
I work specifically with people who suffer from dual-diagnosis struggles in that they not only suffer from anxiety/ depression, but also sleep issues.
People who come to me for help often report feeling drastically different and more in-control of their daily lives after just a few sessions. My approach brings about lasting change and empowers my patients to make decisions that are in their own best interest. In each meeting, we will work collaboratively to establish a path toward clearly-defined goals. If you often find yourself reacting to a situation in an unseemly manner, then wonder "Why did I just do that?" I believe you have the answer, and I can help you find it. See my website to get to know me better, plus view my blog, TEDx Talk, and sign up for my monthly newsletter!
(530) 584-4253 View (530) 584-4253
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Sarah S Mosko
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92195  (Online Only)
Impediments to restorative sleep include poor sleep habits, insomnia, medications, snoring/sleep apnea, restless legs, circadian rhythm issues, stress, depression/anxiety, nightmares, sleep walking & night terrors.
Learn to sleep better from the comfort of home anywhere in California! Quality sleep is the bedrock of optimal health. It makes you happier, less depressed & anxious and better equipped to cope with stress. Sleep enhances memory and creativity, makes you look more attractive, keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It also protects against cancers and dementia, wards off colds & flu and lowers risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. I'm devoted to helping people get back to restorative sleep. I've worked for decades in accredited sleep disorders centers and now offer treatment via a secure tele-video conferencing platform.
Impediments to restorative sleep include poor sleep habits, insomnia, medications, snoring/sleep apnea, restless legs, circadian rhythm issues, stress, depression/anxiety, nightmares, sleep walking & night terrors.
Learn to sleep better from the comfort of home anywhere in California! Quality sleep is the bedrock of optimal health. It makes you happier, less depressed & anxious and better equipped to cope with stress. Sleep enhances memory and creativity, makes you look more attractive, keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It also protects against cancers and dementia, wards off colds & flu and lowers risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. I'm devoted to helping people get back to restorative sleep. I've worked for decades in accredited sleep disorders centers and now offer treatment via a secure tele-video conferencing platform.
(657) 207-0312 View (657) 207-0312
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Therapy Lab La Jolla
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
Common goals include depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, insomnia, parenting, child anxiety, and self-esteem.
Accepting new clients! Therapy Lab offers individual teletherapy that's based on a plan. Check out our website (therapylab.com) to see a menu of treatment plans based on common goals for therapy. With your input, we'll make a plan that's based on your goals, your timeline, and your budget. Our science-based plans are designed to support you in overcoming distress (anxiety, relationship problems, work stress) so you walk away with emotional health and insight. At your first session, your exceptionally qualified therapist will get to know you and pick or design a plan that’s customized to your situation.
Common goals include depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, insomnia, parenting, child anxiety, and self-esteem.
Accepting new clients! Therapy Lab offers individual teletherapy that's based on a plan. Check out our website (therapylab.com) to see a menu of treatment plans based on common goals for therapy. With your input, we'll make a plan that's based on your goals, your timeline, and your budget. Our science-based plans are designed to support you in overcoming distress (anxiety, relationship problems, work stress) so you walk away with emotional health and insight. At your first session, your exceptionally qualified therapist will get to know you and pick or design a plan that’s customized to your situation.
(619) 329-8345 View (619) 329-8345
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Summer Myers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, IMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92105  (Online Only)
Anxiety, shame, and chronic guilt; you don’t know how to relax, and you probably don’t sleep very well. The perfectionism is crippling, and you're exhausted. Maybe you're a people-pleaser with terrible boundaries, or a former “gifted and talented” kid, or a child of immigrants always reaching for "good enough." Your inner critic is loud. Anxious perfectionism may also show up as body tension and panic attacks; procrastination and indecision; an overwhelming to-do list; and difficulty in relationships. Perfectionists don't already do things perfectly—they feel like they HAVE to do better, but they’re ALWAYS falling short.
Anxiety, shame, and chronic guilt; you don’t know how to relax, and you probably don’t sleep very well. The perfectionism is crippling, and you're exhausted. Maybe you're a people-pleaser with terrible boundaries, or a former “gifted and talented” kid, or a child of immigrants always reaching for "good enough." Your inner critic is loud. Anxious perfectionism may also show up as body tension and panic attacks; procrastination and indecision; an overwhelming to-do list; and difficulty in relationships. Perfectionists don't already do things perfectly—they feel like they HAVE to do better, but they’re ALWAYS falling short.
(805) 303-8571 View (805) 303-8571
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Dr. Jessica McManus
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92102
I am trained in a variety of evidence-based therapies for depression, insomnia, anxiety, and trauma, including EMDR, PE, CPT, CBT-I, as well as interweaving CBT and Mindfulness-based interventions in my approach.
I am passionate about healing with a unique expertise in military and first responder trauma. I have professionally worked with complex trauma survivors since 2010 and have a profound knowledge and respect for the specific issues that arise in the course of this line of work. I can guide you in understanding your story in a safe and compassionate space, leading you on a path of personal healing and recovery.
I am trained in a variety of evidence-based therapies for depression, insomnia, anxiety, and trauma, including EMDR, PE, CPT, CBT-I, as well as interweaving CBT and Mindfulness-based interventions in my approach.
I am passionate about healing with a unique expertise in military and first responder trauma. I have professionally worked with complex trauma survivors since 2010 and have a profound knowledge and respect for the specific issues that arise in the course of this line of work. I can guide you in understanding your story in a safe and compassionate space, leading you on a path of personal healing and recovery.
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Lauren Paige
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy prioritizes both non-judgment and autonomy, with the goal of helping clients build a greater sense of control over their lives. My clients are often people seeking specialty treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other issues related to trauma, such as uncontrollable worry, relationship difficulties, or sleep disturbances.
My approach to therapy prioritizes both non-judgment and autonomy, with the goal of helping clients build a greater sense of control over their lives. My clients are often people seeking specialty treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other issues related to trauma, such as uncontrollable worry, relationship difficulties, or sleep disturbances.
(424) 238-0250 View (424) 238-0250
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Anna O Levin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
Waitlist for new clients
You can reclaim your life from anxiety, stress, and medical concerns. You can live a more vibrant and healthy life, and I can walk with you every step of the way through your major struggles and everyday experiences. I will support you in taking action to improve what you can control and navigate what you can’t with deep compassion. You do not have to face these problems alone. Together we will explore the approaches and tools to help you define and move towards a life filled with what matters most to you. My additional subspecialties include: cancer, insomnia, and working with caregivers of those facing medical illness.
You can reclaim your life from anxiety, stress, and medical concerns. You can live a more vibrant and healthy life, and I can walk with you every step of the way through your major struggles and everyday experiences. I will support you in taking action to improve what you can control and navigate what you can’t with deep compassion. You do not have to face these problems alone. Together we will explore the approaches and tools to help you define and move towards a life filled with what matters most to you. My additional subspecialties include: cancer, insomnia, and working with caregivers of those facing medical illness.
(508) 625-0137 View (508) 625-0137
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Caroline Jennings
Psychologist, PsyD, DBSM
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
Difficulty sleeping requires specialized treatment. I'm a board-certified behavioral sleep psychologist that works with adults & teens who struggle to turn off their minds at night and fall asleep, and those who find themselves wide awake at odd hours. Many feel unrefreshed and sluggish during the day and often worry that sleep aids are their only option, or they have found that sleep aids don’t work as well as they once did. I also help those with distressing nightmares & vivid dreams to sleep more peacefully, and I work with children whose sleep disturbances may be disrupting bedtime and nighttime for the whole household.
Difficulty sleeping requires specialized treatment. I'm a board-certified behavioral sleep psychologist that works with adults & teens who struggle to turn off their minds at night and fall asleep, and those who find themselves wide awake at odd hours. Many feel unrefreshed and sluggish during the day and often worry that sleep aids are their only option, or they have found that sleep aids don’t work as well as they once did. I also help those with distressing nightmares & vivid dreams to sleep more peacefully, and I work with children whose sleep disturbances may be disrupting bedtime and nighttime for the whole household.
(310) 923-9455 View (310) 923-9455
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Dr. Isaac Y Taitz
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110
Waitlist for new clients
For sleep, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (gold standard treatment for insomnia), Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (empirically proven for nightmare reduction), & Lucid Dreaming Therapy.
If you are having trouble sleeping or emotionally managing life’s stressors or even your children’s challenging emotions and behaviors, I would like to help you and yours return to healthy functioning. I treat patients struggling with depression, anxiety (COVID and otherwise), inattention, impulsivity, pain, concussion, bereavement, relationships, obsessive-compulsive, and autism spectrum behaviors. My past PhD training through Palo Alto University was spent every day helping adults and children achieve better sleep and mental health, I am passionate about this work and would love to share my skills with you and yours.
For sleep, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (gold standard treatment for insomnia), Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (empirically proven for nightmare reduction), & Lucid Dreaming Therapy.
If you are having trouble sleeping or emotionally managing life’s stressors or even your children’s challenging emotions and behaviors, I would like to help you and yours return to healthy functioning. I treat patients struggling with depression, anxiety (COVID and otherwise), inattention, impulsivity, pain, concussion, bereavement, relationships, obsessive-compulsive, and autism spectrum behaviors. My past PhD training through Palo Alto University was spent every day helping adults and children achieve better sleep and mental health, I am passionate about this work and would love to share my skills with you and yours.
(949) 522-7500 View (949) 522-7500
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Ami I. Student
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
Although I consider myself a lifelong learner, my name can often throw people. While my last name is "Student," I am actually a licensed, seasoned clinician with extensive training and experience in the field of psychology. I help adults confront a wide range of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress. I also have expertise in assisting individuals struggling with their physical health, including chronic pain, medical illness, and sleep/insomnia.
Although I consider myself a lifelong learner, my name can often throw people. While my last name is "Student," I am actually a licensed, seasoned clinician with extensive training and experience in the field of psychology. I help adults confront a wide range of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress. I also have expertise in assisting individuals struggling with their physical health, including chronic pain, medical illness, and sleep/insomnia.
(323) 745-8083 View (323) 745-8083
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Anne Nisenzon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
I have extensive experience in pain coping, stress management, adjustment to major life changes, and insomnia therapy.
Sometimes life throws obstacles at you that are out of your control, but that does not mean you cannot live your optimally healthy life. Being truly healthy includes emotional, social, mental and physical well-being. When these aspects of life are out of balance due to health problems, work stress, or personal issues, it can feel like your whole world is falling apart. Working through these challenges and learning the best coping tools can help you put it back together. I strive to help you move through challenges in achieving a healthy mind and body using practical, evidence-based strategies and compassionate tailored care.
I have extensive experience in pain coping, stress management, adjustment to major life changes, and insomnia therapy.
Sometimes life throws obstacles at you that are out of your control, but that does not mean you cannot live your optimally healthy life. Being truly healthy includes emotional, social, mental and physical well-being. When these aspects of life are out of balance due to health problems, work stress, or personal issues, it can feel like your whole world is falling apart. Working through these challenges and learning the best coping tools can help you put it back together. I strive to help you move through challenges in achieving a healthy mind and body using practical, evidence-based strategies and compassionate tailored care.
(215) 876-0526 View (215) 876-0526
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Palak Kothari
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109  (Online Only)
My specialties are in Insomnia and Sleep disorders, PTSD and acute trauma, and gastrointestinal health.
You may be emotionally, physically, or spiritually in a space in your life that you might describe as challenging, confusing, and/or uncontrollable. There might be different struggles, that somehow reflect a similar underlying process. Perhaps, one that involves fear, avoidance, escaping, 'trying so hard', and eventually feeling helpless. Though our struggles may differ on the exterior, the underlying process is what often reflects our perspectives and emotional health. Addressing vs resisting our challenges can deepen our confidence in our ability to work through them. Thus, creating the space for a calm and grounded experience.
My specialties are in Insomnia and Sleep disorders, PTSD and acute trauma, and gastrointestinal health.
You may be emotionally, physically, or spiritually in a space in your life that you might describe as challenging, confusing, and/or uncontrollable. There might be different struggles, that somehow reflect a similar underlying process. Perhaps, one that involves fear, avoidance, escaping, 'trying so hard', and eventually feeling helpless. Though our struggles may differ on the exterior, the underlying process is what often reflects our perspectives and emotional health. Addressing vs resisting our challenges can deepen our confidence in our ability to work through them. Thus, creating the space for a calm and grounded experience.
(650) 694-9873 View (650) 694-9873
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Tien V. Phan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92111
Empathy, compassion, and the emphasis on the therapeutic relationship have been the foundation of my work. I have had a wide range of experiences with children, adolescents, and adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. My style is collaborative in nature, as I support and guide individuals through the healing process. Other areas of specialization include helping individuals who struggle with low self-esteem and poor emotion regulation skills, as well as difficulties coping with significant life changes (e.g., relocation, divorce) and conflicts in relationships.
Empathy, compassion, and the emphasis on the therapeutic relationship have been the foundation of my work. I have had a wide range of experiences with children, adolescents, and adults with trauma, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. My style is collaborative in nature, as I support and guide individuals through the healing process. Other areas of specialization include helping individuals who struggle with low self-esteem and poor emotion regulation skills, as well as difficulties coping with significant life changes (e.g., relocation, divorce) and conflicts in relationships.
(858) 251-8464 View (858) 251-8464
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Sandra Milstein-Ostrom
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92129  (Online Only)
Are you hurting or uncomfortable and want to make some changes so you can feel better? Do you feel stuck in a life that doesn't seem to be going anywhere? Do you constantly worry about money, your weight, your sleep, your relationships, but things don't seem to change? Maybe others don't really know what's really going on inside of you. They all seem to have their act together, yet you don't. Are you tired of pretending that everything's fine, when inside you feel a deep sense that something is missing? Do you put yourself down, often blaming yourself for your troubles, yet being tough on yourself is not helping?
Are you hurting or uncomfortable and want to make some changes so you can feel better? Do you feel stuck in a life that doesn't seem to be going anywhere? Do you constantly worry about money, your weight, your sleep, your relationships, but things don't seem to change? Maybe others don't really know what's really going on inside of you. They all seem to have their act together, yet you don't. Are you tired of pretending that everything's fine, when inside you feel a deep sense that something is missing? Do you put yourself down, often blaming yourself for your troubles, yet being tough on yourself is not helping?
(858) 251-6685 View (858) 251-6685

Sleep or Insomnia Therapists

How effective is treatment for insomnia?

The most effective treatments for insomnia are behavioral techniques that reduce anxiety, including anxiety about falling asleep, and allow the body’s natural cycles to be recalibrated. The most common treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), which researchers have found to be more useful than medication, with rates of success as high as 80 percent.

Are there specific medications for sleep problems?

There are many medications, both over-the-counter and prescription that treat sleep problems. Supplements such as melatonin are popular and may help, though there is little evidence that it is more effective than a placebo. Prescription medications such as zolpidem are sometimes prescribed.

Are there natural treatments for sleep problems?

There are many natural treatments for everyday sleep problems. Reducing blue-light emitting screens, setting a regular bedtime, regular exercise, reducing caffeine and nicotine consumption, and keeping the bedroom dark and cool at night are all lifestyle changes that can help those who struggle with sleep but may not reach the level of an insomnia diagnosis.

What’s the difference between having trouble falling asleep and insomnia?

Life events, stress, and anxiety can lead to sleepless nights for everyone from time to time. To be diagnosed with insomnia, a patient must experience trouble falling asleep, trouble remaining asleep, waking up too early, or non-restorative sleep at least three nights per week for at least one month. Sleep problems affect one-third to one-half of the population, while chronic insomnia affects about 10 to 15 percent of people.