Sleep Therapy, Psychotherapy & Coaching

Individual Treatment

Poor sleep impacts all aspects of our lives, be it work performance, physical and mental health, or simply the ability to manage life’s daily stresses. Dr. Kennedy offers several options to get your sleep on track.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

    Using this evidence-based treatment program, Dr. Kennedy will help you break out of the cycle of bad sleep with skills that last a lifetime. Read more.

    Sleep is essential to our physical and mental health.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the treatment of choice for most forms of insomnia. CBT-I has been scientifically proven to be more effective and the results are longer lasting than treatment with sleep medications such as Ambien, Lunesta, Restoril, or over-the-counter sleep aids. That’s because CBT-I treats the underlying causes of persistent insomnia or sleep disruption, whereas medication treats only the symptoms. When you run out of sleep medication, your symptoms return or even worsen. But when you complete CBT-I, you will be able to sleep better—on your own.

    At your first visit, Dr. Kennedy will perform a comprehensive assessment of your sleep habits to determine whether the CBT-I she provides can help you. CBT-I for sleep disorders ranges from 4 – 10 sessions in most cases.

    Dr. Kennedy will work with your medical doctor or pharmacologist to safely reduce or discontinue sleep aids you may be taking.

    CBT-I is available in New York and New Jersey only, where Dr. Kennedy is licensed to practice Psychology. Sessions are conducted remotely, using a HIPAA compliant video platform. In-person sessions will be offered in late 2021. CBT-I is a form of psychotherapy and may be covered by your insurance (out-of-network only) or HSA/FSA.

  • Remote Sleep Coaching

    Outside New York or New Jersey? Dr. Kennedy can coach you to better nights. Read more.

    Sleep coaching is available to individuals and companies outside of New York and New Jersey. This service differs from psychotherapy and CBT-I in that it focuses solely on strategic behavioral changes and cognitive strategies. Dr. Kennedy will meet with you remotely via video or phone to assess your sleep problems and coach you through a sleep plan to break bad sleep habits and restore healthy sleep patterns. Although this service does not address broader underlying psychological concerns, Dr. Kennedy can consult with your local treatment provider to maximize benefit of the coaching program.

    Sleep Coaching is not a medical or mental health service and is not covered by insurance or FSA/HSA.

  • Psychotherapy

    Sleep troubles may be only part of the equation. Read more.

    Dr. Kennedy provides CBT, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and traditional, insight-oriented psychotherapy for treatment of a variety of difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, adjustment disorders, issues related to aging, issues related to identity.

    Psychotherapy is available remotely throughout New York State and New Jersey, where Dr. Kennedy is licensed. In-person sessions will resume in Midtown NYC in late 2021 (vaccination required).

For more information, or to schedule a consultation:

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Online CBT-I Course with Optional 1:1 Coaching

COMING SOON! Based in CBT-I, the treatment of choice for insomnia and other behavioral sleep issues, Dr. Kennedy’s online course series offers a combination of pre-recorded lessons and 1:1 live coaching sessions. This series goes beyond the typical CBT-I apps and online learning, offering you the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kennedy as needed to tailor the program and gain lasting results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let’s address the basics.

Practical Matters

  • What are your fees?

    My fees vary based on the type of service (consultation, therapy visit, coaching package, etc.). Please contact me to discuss fees for services that interest you. I always discuss fees in advance so there will never be any surprise charges.

  • Do you accept insurance?

    I do not accept insurance. However, if you have out-of-network benefits, I can submit claims to your provider so that you can be reimbursed for (typically part of) my fee. I can also accept most FSA/HSA cards and provide documentation to justify the expense. Insurance carriers differ on whether and how much they will reimburse for psychotherapy and telehealth. You can contact your carrier to find out your deductible (out-of-pocket payment necessary before you can be reimbursed) and percentage covered. Please note that insurance carriers typically reimburse a percentage of what they deem “reasonable and expected” charges and not necessarily my full fee. Please note that coaching fees are not covered by insurance or HSA/FSA.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Please provide as much notice as possible for cancellations so that I have the opportunity to fill that spot with someone else. If you cancel your appointment less than 2 business days in advance for any reason, you are responsible for the full fee as I am unable to fill slots on short notice.

  • Do you do consultations by phone or video?

    I currently conduct all consultations and sessions using a secure video portal (HIPAA compliant). Some coaching sessions are available by phone, but I do not do therapy over the phone. I anticipate offering in-person therapy sessions in late 2021.

Individual Treatment

  • What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)?

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a short-term therapy focused on identifying and altering the situations, thoughts and behaviors that are causing symptoms. CBT has been proven effective in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and many other symptoms and disorders. CBT has also been proven effective in the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders (CBT-I). In fact, CBT-I is the treatment of choice–preferable to medication–for sleep disorders. CBT-I can be conducted in individual or group psychotherapy.

  • Why is CBT-I preferable to medication for sleep problems?

    CBT-I addresses the causes of sleep problems whereas medication addresses the symptoms. When the medication runs out, the sleep problems often return. Sleep problems typically emerge in times of stress. They persist beyond the stressful period because of the thoughts and behaviors that developed in reaction to the initial period of bad sleep. For example, when sleep is poor, we tend to worry each night about whether we will sleep. That worrying becomes part of the problem, creating anxiety at bedtime. CBT-I is used to identify and treat the web of thoughts and behaviors that are perpetuating the sleep problem.

  • Do I have to stop taking sleep medication to start CBT-I?

    No. If you want to stop taking sleep medication—and your physician approves—I can help you learn to sleep without medication. However, some people find that the combination of medication and CBT-I is preferable in their situation. Once we determine the cause of your sleep problems, we will create an appropriate treatment plan to address the issue.

  • Do you prescribe medication?

    No. Psychologists do not prescribe medication. Medication for depression, anxiety or other underlying mood problems can be a useful adjunct to treatment. Occasionally, sleep medications may also be helpful. If it seems as though medication might be beneficial to your treatment, I will refer you to a psychiatrist for evaluation. I will work with the psychiatrist to incorporate the medication into your treatment plan.

  • What if I’m struggling with more than just sleep?

    We can address your other concerns in therapy, too. In some cases, it makes sense to work on sleep and other issues simultaneously; and in other cases we may decide to work sequentially. When we meet for the evaluation, we will discuss your situation, symptoms and goals in depth and come up with a treatment plan that works for you. In addition to CBT-I, I use CBT, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and traditional, insight-oriented therapy in my work. In some situations, I may refer you to another provider for specialized therapy.

  • What's the difference between therapy and coaching?

    Psychotherapy is a medical service requiring a license to treat diagnosed psychological conditions or disorders. Coaching is not a medical service, does not require a license and is not covered by insurance or FSA/HSA. Coaching is appropriate to address specific behavior patterns that are difficult to change independently. Coaching does not treat medical or mental health disorders.

Who can get services?

  • Do you still work with babies?

    I am not currently doing sleep consultations for babies or young kids. Due to a number of special projects, I do not have the flexibility in my schedule to provide the kind of follow up needed in these cases. I have not fully retired from baby/toddler work, but I am taking a sabbatical.

  • Do you work with kids or adolescents?

    I am currently working only with adults.

  • I live outside New York. Can I still work with you?

    Probably. Outside of New York and New Jersey, where I am licensed, I am limited to providing coaching services for sleep problems. This is not a medical or mental health service. If your concerns meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis, you will need to have a primary therapist or doctor who is licensed in your local area to be supplemented by my coaching services.

Other Services

  • Do you provide other types of therapy?

    Yes. I provide CBT, ACT, and traditional, insight-oriented psychotherapy for treatment of a variety of difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, postpartum adjustment, relationship problems, adjustment disorders, issues related to aging, issues related to identity.

Success Stories

Real results for real people.
  • “Help With Sleep... and much more!”

    Dr. Kennedy has been a great resource and source of support for me over the past few months.

    I first came to her for help with ongoing sleep issues and insomnia. Over a period of just a few weeks she helped set me on the right course for improved sleep patterns and a much more restful night – with no more need for sleep aids or sleep medication.

    But beyond that – through her guidance and work with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) – she has really helped me to gain new tools and strategies for use in all aspects of my life…sleep and much more!

    Highly highly recommended.

    – Adam R.

  • “He has slept through the night every night since Dr. Kennedy’s home visit.”

    When we called Dr. Kennedy, we were approaching the end of our rope. But we were conflicted about what it meant to “train” our son to sleep differently.

    Dr. Kennedy took our lead on what would work best for us, designing a plan that was fine-tuned in to our preferences and goals. It’s been four weeks since we began implementing it, and it feels like we are in a different world. Now, we understand how much sleep our son should be getting, and about how often he should be getting it. Now we have tools for when he needs adjustments. He has slept through the night every night since the day Dr. Kennedy’s home visit.

    --Rachael & Michael

  • “I am able to sleep through the night without medication.”

    When I first started seeing Dr. Kennedy I had been relying on prescription medication to sleep for the past four years. I felt hopelessly trapped and feared that I would never get a good night’s sleep without some sort of prescribed help. In fact, when I first saw Dr. Kennedy, I was worried that my problem was so bad that I would never be able to sleep naturally again. My past attempts at sleeping without the help of a prescription had ended up with a series of stressful sleepless nights.

    Dr. Kennedy follows a structured and time-tested process for overcoming the sleep related problems that many people face. However, she worked with me to customize this process to create a sleep plan that would work for me personally. By following this customized plan, I was immediately able to make strides towards sleeping without any sort of aid.

    Dr. Kennedy was able to pinpoint my problem and she provided me with simple, realistic solutions to help correct this problem. Her sleep plan took me through a series of short steps that gradually helped me to begin to sleep naturally. Within a matter of weeks I was sleeping naturally and by the end of the program I was sleeping without any medication through the night. I owe Dr. Kennedy my thanks because I would not have been able to beat this problem without her.

    – Steve A.

  • “We feel like a family again.”

    Dr. Kennedy has helped our family FINALLY get the long-lost sleep we have all been desperate for. We began consulting with Dr. Kennedy a few weeks ago, at which time she came to our home to assess our sleeping arrangements and the kids’ sleep patterns. Our 9 month old baby was sleeping in the kitchen in order to separate her from her 3 year old brother, since we were at a total loss as to how to get the 2 of them to sleep together in one room. When we had tried to get them down together it was a disaster–they would wake each other up throughout the night. No one was getting any sleep at all! Also, both our kids were going to sleep very late, and often our baby would end up in our bed with us for the night. Dr. Kennedy helped us devise a plan that gets them both down earlier for the night, regulates our baby’s nap schedule, and finesses their bedtime rituals. In just a few short weeks our kids are now sleeping together in the same room through the entire night! Happily, we are all getting a good night sleep once again, and naps are more predictable during the days too! It has been amazing to work with a professional every step of the way. Dr. Kennedy basically hand-held us through the entire process. We have gone from being sleep-deprived zombies to well-rested energetic human beings! I cannot believe we went so long without Dr. Kennedy’s amazing guidance. We are leaps and bounds from where we were just weeks ago, and we finally feel like a family once again!

    – Selina A.

  • “Dr. Kennedy was there for me when I needed her.”

    Dr. Janet Kennedy came into our lives when my husband and I were so sleep deprived, we couldn’t think straight. At that time, we had a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old who were both waking up every 3 hours. Dr. Kennedy was recommended to me by a mommy friend and I called her right away. She was so receptive and encouraging that she came to our house within a couple of days after calling her. She came for a home visit, sat with my husband and I for 2 hours and toured our home. By the end of the day we had a plan of action on how to get our girls to sleep through the night. The process was long and very difficult but Dr. Kennedy was there for me when I needed her. We would either talk on the phone, or email each other. After a couple of months I can now say that both my girls are sleeping a solid 11 hours at night, going to bed unassisted, which was my end goal. I HIGHLY recommend her!!

    -Jamie E.

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