EMDR for Sleep & Insomnia

Struggling to fall asleep naturally while in bed can be incredibly aggravating. As you fixate on the clock, you anxiously count down the hours until your alarm is set to ring, wishing you could will yourself into slumber. Restlessness takes over as you ponder the upcoming day, growing increasingly concerned about feeling unrested and the potential impact on your productivity. Your thoughts whirl with recollections of past conversations, anticipations of tomorrow's encounters, concerns about incomplete tasks, and a nagging feeling of possibly overlooking something important. While it may not feel like it at the moment, a full night’s rest is possible!

Overcome Restlessness and Rediscover Restfulness

Overcome insomnia and sleep disturbances by addressing underlying stress and anxiety through CBT-i, hypnotherapy and EMDR.

Laura Faiwiszewski, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Transient, chronic insomnia & insomnia related to trauma
EMDR, Hypnotherapy & Acceptance-Based
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Irada Yunusova, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
Transient, chronic insomnia & insomnia related to trauma
CBT-I, mindfulness, & EMDR
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How We Work with Insomnia & Sleep Disturbances

Our therapists are Clinical Psychologists with a focus on using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, alongside other evidence-based treatments, to help individuals overcome insomnia and related sleep disturbances. They possess expertise in addressing a wide range of sleep issues, from stress-related insomnia to chronic sleep disorders, using EMDR as a central therapeutic technique.

The goal of therapy extends beyond mere symptom management; it involves guiding clients to break free from the cycle of sleepless nights and the ensuing stress and fatigue. Their approach is particularly effective due to their deep understanding of the psychological factors underlying sleep problems. Holding doctorates in Clinical Psychology and with specialized training in EMDR for sleep disorders, they employ this technique to process and alleviate the underlying anxieties and traumas that often contribute to insomnia. By integrating EMDR with other modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, they assist individuals in achieving a more peaceful and consistent sleep pattern. This holistic approach acknowledges that the challenges with sleep often stem from deeper psychological issues, and aims to bring about lasting change and emotional relief.

"For many individuals, their issues with sleep extend beyond mere restlessness; they are deeply intertwined with internal conflicts and emotional turmoil. Our approach is not just about managing sleep patterns, but about resolving the emotional struggles that often lie at the heart of sleep disturbances, offering a more comprehensive and effective solution to achieving restful sleep."

Our Specialists in EMDR for Sleep & Insomnia

Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Faiwiszewski utilizes a dynamic and multifaceted approach to assist individuals in overcoming sleep issues, combining the powerful techniques of hypnosis, mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her method transcends traditional therapy, actively engaging with both behavioral and emotional aspects to facilitate meaningful change. By navigating through psychological barriers, this approach enables a proactive journey towards achieving restful sleep and emotional tranquility. This integration of hypnosis, mindfulness, and EMDR addresses the complexities of sleep disturbances on multiple levels, offering a comprehensive pathway to improved sleep health.

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Dr. Irada Yunusova

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yunusova employs a comprehensive and effective approach to address sleep disorders, integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This multi-pronged strategy goes beyond conventional treatment methods, actively addressing the behavioral, emotional, and psychological dimensions of sleep disturbances. By combining the targeted, problem-solving nature of Solution-Focused Therapy with the trauma-processing power of EMDR and the behavioral insights of CBT-I, Dr. Yunusova creates a tailored path for her patients, guiding them towards restorative sleep and overall mental well-being. 

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How EMDR Helps with Sleep & Insomnia

Many individuals seek our help for insomnia after trying various therapies, not fully realizing that their persistent sleeplessness may be a subconscious effort to feel 'safe', often rooted in trauma responses. While prior therapies might have offered some benefits, these individuals continue to experience disrupted sleep patterns. Furthermore, trauma often leads to intrusive thoughts and nightmares, which can interrupt sleep. People with PTSD, for example, may experience vivid, disturbing dreams related to their traumatic experiences, leading to sleep avoidance or disruption. EMDR is especially effective in these cases, as it targets the underlying causes of insomnia, particularly when it serves as a coping mechanism for unresolved trauma. 

EMDR delves into the traumatic experiences and negative beliefs that drive this need for vigilance during the night. By processing these past traumas, EMDR helps individuals reshape their beliefs, transitioning from a state of hyper-alertness to one of safety and relaxation, which is essential for restorative sleep. This approach has been supported by numerous studies, highlighting its ability to address not just insomnia on the surface, but the deeper emotional and psychological factors that perpetuate it.

FAQ About EMDR for Sleep & Insomnia

How does EMDR work for insomnia?

We blend EMDR with a variety of other evidence-based therapeutic approaches to insomnia. Since EMDR addresses the underlying trigger-response, it can be essential alongside other techniques in helping a person regain a restful night’s sleep.

How are insomnia and trauma related?

Traumatic experiences often result in heightened physiological arousal, a key symptom of PTSD, characterized by increased alertness and anxiety. This state disrupts the ability to relax, making it challenging to fall and stay asleep.

How long does EMDR therapy take to improve sleep?

The duration varies depending on the individual's specific issues and their response to therapy. Some may notice improvements in their sleep within a few sessions, while others may need longer.

Is EMDR effective for all types of insomnia?

EMDR may be particularly effective for insomnia that is related to trauma, anxiety or stress.

Are there any risks or side effects of using EMDR for insomnia?

EMDR is generally considered safe, but it can bring up intense emotions and memories as part of the therapeutic process. It's important to undergo EMDR with a qualified therapist who can provide a safe, supportive environment.

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Embark on a journey where self-compassion and restful sleep converge. Let us guide you towards a healthier mindset, freeing you from the detrimental cycles of insomnia and fostering a tranquil relationship with sleep.