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Treating Insomnia: CBT-I Therapy

At Behr Psychology, we specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), a structured, evidence-based treatment designed to help individuals with chronic sleep problems. Unlike sleep medications, which frequently provide only temporary relief, CBT-I seeks to treat the underlying reasons for insomnia using a combination of cognitive and behavioral strategies.

What is CBT-I?

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a structured therapy that helps people modify thoughts and behaviors that interfere with sleep. It involves key components such as sleep restriction, stimulus control, cognitive restructuring, sleep hygiene education, and relaxation techniques.

At Behr Psychology, our trained therapists deliver personalized CBT-I therapy, which has been proven to improve sleep quality and duration, helping you achieve better sleep and overall well-being.

How does CBT-I work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia improves your sleep by changing your thoughts about sleep and improving your nighttime routine.

  • First, it limits your time in bed according to your actual sleep time, gradually increasing it as your sleep improves.
  • Second, you learn to link your bed with sleep and sex while avoiding other activities.
  • During the insomnia treatment, you will detect and address unhelpful sleep beliefs and develop beneficial sleep habits, such as adhering to a consistent sleep schedule.
  • You can expect to practice deep breathing and meditation, two relaxation strategies that alleviate anxiety and improve calm, before bedtime.

Benefits of CBT-I therapy

CBT-I has been proven to have long-term effects, even after therapy is completed. Our holistic approach tackles both the mental and behavioral elements of insomnia. Finally, CBT-I has no side effects, unlike sleep medications.?

Why choose CBT-I therapy at Behr Psychology?

If you are searching for “CBT-I therapy near me,” reach out to Behr Psychology. Our experienced therapists provide personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. At Behr Psychology, we offer in-person consultations at our Midtown West and Upper West Side offices and online sessions for those in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina, and California.

Contact us today and take the first step towards restful nights and refreshed mornings.

Myths About CBT-I Sleep Therapy:

Myth: BT-I only involves changing bedtime habits.

Fact: CBT-I is much more than simply changing negative sleep habits. It incorporates cognitive strategies to address negative thoughts and beliefs about sleep and behavioral adjustments.

Myth: CBT-I is only for those who don't want to take medication.

Fact: CBT-I can be used alone or alongside medication, depending on personal needs and medical recommendations.

Myth: CBT-I is only used for severe insomnia.

Fact: CBT-I is beneficial for all stages of insomnia, from mild to severe, and can help anyone who struggles with sleep.

Myth: Medication is always more effective than CBT-I.

Fact: While drugs can provide short-term relief, CBT-I targets the root causes of insomnia and offers long-term benefits without the risk of dependency on meds.

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