Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I):
Dr. Kennedy provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to treat sleep disorders in adults.
Sleep is essential to our physical and mental health.
When we don’t sleep well, it affects all aspects of our lives—work performance, concentration, memory, mood, relationships, sexual functioning, weight, physical health, and our ability to manage life’s daily stresses.
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 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.
Post-partum sleep and mood changes:
Your baby is sleeping. What about you? New parents often have a hard time returning to normal sleep patterns after the baby settles into a good sleep rhythm. Dr. Kennedy specializes in treating sleep and mood disturbance in new parents, helping them to adjust to the changes in their lives, learn to manage the new stress and responsibilities that go along with parenthood, and correct sleep issues that have arisen.