Insomnia Treatment Program

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep, or a combination of both. The Center for Multimodal Treatment treats insomnia caused by any of the following:

  • poor sleep habits
  • life stress
  • trauma
  • physical problems
  • pain
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • age-related changes in sleep patterns
  • hereditary factors

Insomnia may also be caused by sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, or periodic limb movement disorder. These disorders require diagnosis by a physician. If you are not already working with a medical sleep specialist, we will refer you to an accredited sleep disorders center and work with them as a team to help you.

What does the Insomnia Treatment Program do?

We help both adults and children develop a number of different skills, which become part of their "tool kit" for falling asleep initially, getting back to sleep, or both.

Specific tools in the tool kit include: a better understanding of which behaviors promote sleep and which interfere with sleep; techniques for relaxation, such as biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, and diaphragmatic breathing; stress management, anxiety management, and time management; and ways to handle fears about not sleeping, which exacerbate the problem.

What does treatment at the Center for Multimodal Treatment involve?

Sessions at the center are generally 55 minutes long and are held once a week. The first step will be to meet with a counselor and complete an assessment of your problems in order to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs.

Once treatment begins, you and your counselor will work as a team. Treatment is most effective when you are an active participant. Your counselor will provide expertise on treatment; you are in the best position to provide expertise on yourself. Your counselor will ask you to be as honest as possible and to follow through with some activities at home, such as practicing relaxation or keeping track of thoughts and emotions. We will ask you to give this an honest effort, and to be open with us about how you are feeling. This will allow us to work effectively and to change course as needed.

You and your counselor will periodically assess your progress and will decide together when treatment should end.

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