Trouble sleeping?  Frustrated with lying awake in bed for what seems like hours every night? You are not alone.  It is estimated that 10-15% of adult Albertans experience persistent insomnia and that up to 60% of adults experience at least temporary trouble sleeping.

What does insomnia look like?

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Early morning wakening
  • Poor sleep quality
  • A combination of the above

Sound familiar? 

The good news is that there is help.  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is recommended as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia in adults.  CBT-I has been shown to be more effective than sleeping pills.  Unlike sleeping pills, CBT-I has no harmful side effects and maintains sleep improvement in the long-term. 

  • Are you ready to improve the quality and length of your sleep? 
  • Would you like to decrease your use of sleep medications?
  • Would you like to stop worrying about sleep and actually improve it?

CBT-I: Six weeks to better sleep.

CBT-I is offered as individual therapy in five sessions over 6 weeks.  The first three sessions are weekly and the last two are biweekly.  Total cost of the five sessions is $550 – accepted by most private insurance companies in Alberta as psychology services.  The first session is one hour in length while the remaining sessions are ½ hour long.

In most cases, the causes of insomnia are sleep thoughts (cognitions) and sleep behaviours (habits) which are learned and can be unlearned.  This 6-week CBT-I program is designed to replace those thoughts and behaviours with techniques that will move you from insomnia into the range of normal sleepers. 

For those outside the Medicine Hat area, the CBT-I program is also offered by online counselling (e-therapy) to Alberta residents.  This is done through a video conferencing program called VSEE, which is easily downloaded to your computer or other device.  VSEE is similar to programs like Skype but is more secure.  If you would like to learn more about the security of VSEE, please click here.  Payment for e-therapy is done in advance.

For more information or to set up an appointment for either in the office or e-therapy CBT-I program, please phone or email.