For help with insomnia, Debra Haldeman, Ph.D is offering CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) at BeWell Associates

What we have in insomnia is a brief, effective treatment that helps individuals re-experience sleepiness so that they can have success falling asleep, staying asleep, and creating a restorative sleep. CBT-I is recommended as the first-line treatment for insomnia – this means that before medication is considered, patients with insomnia should be given a trial of CBT-I to treat their insomnia. Insomnia is a result of three problems: problem with sleep drive, problem with circadian rhythm, and problem with the arousal system.

CBT-I addresses all of these problems – it treats the underlying causes of insomnia. Medication is just a band-aide – take away the medication and you still have the insomnia.

Treatment with CBT-I will include:

  • Assessment of your sleep behavior
  • Use of a sleep log to determine sleep problems as well as monitor your progress during treatment
  • Implementation of CBT-I-specific strategies to correct sleep drive, circadian rhythm and arousal problems

CBT-I works! It will restore a good night’s rest and improve your daytime functioning.

Debra Haldeman Ph.D. earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992. She has enjoyed an almost 30 year private practice as a licensed psychologist.

She is an Insomnia Treatment Specialist – utilizing CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia). CBT-I is recommended by several major medical associations including the American College of Physicians and The American Academy of Sleep Medicine as the first-line treatment for insomnia. It is a quick ( 4-6 session), non-medicating treatment which is evidence-based as being effective in helping an individual with insomnia re-experience sleepiness and succeed in falling asleep, staying asleep, and enjoying a more restorative sleep.

Dr. Haldeman’s practice also includes the use of clinical hypnosis. She is certified through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists. Hypnosis can be helpful for a variety of concerns. It is an effective intervention for smoking cessation, weight loss, and eliminating specific fears such as fear of flying or public speaking. It can improve test performance, confidence, self esteem. Hypnosis is very helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety and it improves the mood for those who are depressed. Hypnosis can be helpful as a pre-surgical strategy to reduce anxiety and promote a speedier, more comfortable post-surgical recovery. In the field of psycho-oncology hypnosis can help the cancer patient reduce negative treatment side-effects and enhance the immune system for healing and good health.

Her population of clients range from adolescence to geriatric. Individual psychotherapy typically utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral orientation. She provides individual and couple therapy.

For more information, or to schedule a session, contact Dr. Haldeman at (412) 626-7720.