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 being able to return to sleep. Insomnia can lead to difficulties functioning in key life domains such as work, relationships, leisure tasks, and emotional distress. Owing to poor sleep’s functional and emotional impact, individuals may find themselves becoming preoccupied 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. Therefore, a consultation with a medical practitioner is an essential part of determining the underlying causes of sleep disturbances.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Insomnia Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling or staying asleep. Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or can be chronic (long-term). It may also come and go. Short-term insomnia lasts from one night to a few weeks, while long-term insomnia can happen at least three nights a week for months on end. 

There are two types of insomnia: primary and secondary.

If you have primary insomnia, it means there are no other health conditions or problems linked to your sleeping issues. If you have secondary insomnia, your sleeping issues are due to a health condition such as asthma, depression, heartburn, pain; medication; or substance use (like alcohol).

The short, of course! We need sleep so our bodies and brain can repair themselves. Sleep is also crucial for learning and keeping memories. If you have insomnia, you could potentially have:

  • A higher risk of health problems like high blood pressure, obesity, and depression
  • A higher risk of falling (elderly)
  • Trouble focusing
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to think
  • Impaired memory

If you are having trouble sleeping or staying asleep, and you think you might have insomnia, Book your confidential appointment by calling (03) 9557 9113.

Treatments for insomnia are often drawn from behaviour and mindfulness-based interventions to aid in 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 may be a 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 meet together at our Highett clinic or we can set up meetings from the comfort of your own home with online counselling. You also have the option to download our 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.

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
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain