Insomnia and sleep related difficulties can be debilitating leading to significant challenges in engaging effectively in all areas of life.

Sleep difficulties are often related to other mental health difficulties including, anxiety and mood disorders and can also increase one’s chances of developing a mental health or substance use condition.

Insomnia involves a lack of satisfactory sleep quality or quantity involving difficulties falling and staying asleep encompassing frequent waking, a long time to return to sleep or waking early in the morning and not be able to return to sleep. This can lead to difficulties functioning in key life domains such as work, relationships and leisure tasks along with emotional distress. Owing to the functional and emotional impact of poor sleep, individuals may find themselves becoming pre-occupied with their sleep or “trying hard” to fall asleep which tends to override the natural mechanisms involved in falling asleep and thus perpetuating the cycle of insomnia.

Importantly, poor sleep can be related to underlying medical or physical conditions and therefore a consultation with a medical practitioner is an essential part of determining the underlying causes of sleep disturbances.


Treatments for insomnia are often drawn from behaviour and mindfulness based interventions to aide a greater state of physiological relaxation to promote engagement with the normal mechanisms associated with falling asleep. If related to anxiety or depression, psychodynamic psychotherapy can be a very useful approach to exploring and resolving intrapsychic and interpersonal conflicts that can underlie these difficulties.

The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will endeavour to help you start getting a better night’s sleep. We can work together at our Highett clinic or we can set up meetings from the comfort of your own home with online counselling. You can also get started with insomnia self hypnosis recordings.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to enquire. Otherwise, book your confidential appointment if you are ready.

Will Treating Insomnia Take Very Long?

It is hard to predict how long treatment for insomnia will take. Sometimes the pressure to change works the same way demanding to go to sleep works; the pressure and inner battle adds anxiety and aggression. You can expect your therapist to be thorough and discuss treatment options with you.

Approaches applied will depend upon what is considered most valuable for you, in alignment with your own goals and preference for way of working. Regardless of the approach we are committed to high quality and evidence based interventions.

Book your confidential appointment by calling (03) 9557 9113, or schedule a session right now.

Disclaimer: This information is informative only and shouldn’t be used to diagnose or treat and disease, ailment, or anything else. Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment and collaboration to the treatment process in an endeavour to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel

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  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel