Illawarra Sleep Psychology

How long do appointments last?

Each consultation lasts 50 - 60 minutes.

What treatment approaches do you use?

I take a holistic approach to assess all factors that may be contributing to your sleep disturbance.  I also tailor my approach to suit your individual needs and draw upon a range of evidence based therapeutic techniques.  This means that I only use therapies that have been subjected to rigorous scientific study in order to establish their effectiveness.  These include cognitive behavioural therapy, bright light therapy (phototherapy), motivational interviewing, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). 


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and estimated to affect 30% of the population at some point in an individual’s life. Insomnia is a persistent and often distressing difficulty either initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, waking too early or a combination of all these.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is a program that has been developed to treat insomnia.  Your behaviour and thoughts about sleep are investigated and a treatment plan is collaboratively formulated.  Treatment includes learning about sleep, correcting faulty beliefs that may be inadvertently perpetuating poor sleep, and addressing sleep anxiety.  Environmental cues are used to regulate your sleep/wake schedule (circadian rhythm).  


I also use CBT to help people adjust to using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), which is the gold standard treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).


Bright light therapy is useful for a range of sleep problems:

  • Teens who experience difficulty falling asleep at desired times and waking in time for school
  • Adults who fall asleep earlier than their desired bedtime and then find themselves awake early in the morning, unable to return to sleep
  • Jet lag
  • Shift work
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)


What should I expect?

Therapy goals are dependent on your individual needs and circumstances.  Generally, the first session is a time to get to know one another, gain a comprehensive understanding of the sleep issue that is concerning you and agree on a plan for your treatment.

If you are referred for issues regarding sleep only, you should expect your treatment to span the course of 4 to 6 sessions.  However, clients with more complex needs may require further sessions.  Similarly, shorter treatment may be all that is required depending on the presenting issue.  It is your right to discuss this with me and explain what you would like from the sessions.

I will assess your situation and provide you with treatment to improve your sleep and general well-being.  You will have time to explain your goals and what you would like to achieve from therapy.  We will revisit these goals from time to time throughout your treatment.  A session with a psychologist is a time to learn and apply new techniques to your situation, as well as a time to set goals and tasks for you to practice between sessions.  If you are able to follow these suggestions, you will move towards your goals more quickly.




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What appointment times do you have?

I am flexible with the appointment times.  Please contact me to arrange a suitable time.