CBT-I & hypnotherapy for sleep disorders & insomnia

Fast Effective Solutions for Insomnia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or achieving restorative sleep, despite having the opportunity to do so.

People struggling with insomnia often experience various symptoms during wakefulness due to the lack of quality sleep. I offer a holistic and personalized approach to help you restore a natural state of calm, balance, and well-being.


Key features of insomnia include:

  1. Difficulty Falling Asleep: Insomniacs may struggle to initiate sleep even when they feel tired or sleepy.
  2. Difficulty Staying Asleep: Individuals with insomnia may wake up frequently during the night and have trouble returning to sleep.
  3. Early Morning Awakening: Insomnia can involve waking up earlier than desired and being unable to go back to sleep.
  4. Non-Restorative Sleep: Even if individuals with insomnia spend an adequate amount of time in bed, they may still wake up feeling unrefreshed and fatigued.
  5. Daytime Impairment: Insomnia can lead to daytime symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and impaired social or occupational functioning.


Insomnia can be categorized based on its duration:

  • Acute Insomnia: Lasts for a short period, often triggered by a specific event or stressor.
  • Chronic Insomnia: Persists for at least three nights a week for three months or longer. Chronic insomnia can be related to various factors, including underlying health conditions, psychiatric disorders, or lifestyle factors.

Several factors can contribute to the development of sleep disorders, including:

  • Stress and Anxiety: Persistent worries or stressors can interfere with the ability to relax and fall asleep.
  • Depression: Changes in sleep patterns are common in individuals with depression, and sleep disturbances can be a symptom.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as chronic pain, respiratory disorders, or hormonal imbalances, can contribute to insomnia.
  • Medications: Some medications may disrupt sleep patterns as a side effect.
  • Poor Sleep Habits: Irregular sleep schedules, exposure to electronic devices before bedtime, and an uncomfortable sleep environment can contribute to disrupted sleep patterns.

The diagnosis and management of insomnia often involve addressing underlying causes and may include cognitive-behavioral therapy and hypnotherapy.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT-I & Hypnotherapy for Insomnia

Both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and hypnotherapy have been used as effective interventions for client’s struggling with insomnia.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I):
    • How it works: CBT-I is a structured and evidence-based therapeutic approach specifically designed to address insomnia. It focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors that contribute to sleep difficulties.
    • Components of CBT-I:
      • Sleep hygiene education: Providing guidelines for healthy sleep habits.
      • Stimulus control: Restructuring the sleep environment and associating the bed with sleep.
      • Sleep restriction: Limiting time spent in bed to improve sleep efficiency.
      • Relaxation techniques: Teaching relaxation exercises to manage stress and anxiety related to sleep.
      • Cognitive restructuring: Identifying and challenging negative thoughts about sleep.
    • Effectiveness: CBT-I is considered the gold standard for treating insomnia. Research has consistently shown it to be effective in improving sleep quality and duration without relying on medications.
  • Hypnotherapy for Insomnia:
    • How it works: Hypnotherapy for insomnia involves inducing a state of deep relaxation and using suggestions to address underlying issues that may be contributing to sleep difficulties.
    • Components of Hypnotherapy for Insomnia:
      • Relaxation techniques: Inducing a state of deep relaxation to promote better sleep.
      • Suggestion therapy: Providing positive suggestions to the subconscious mind to promote better sleep patterns.
      • Addressing underlying issues: Exploring and addressing any psychological factors that may be contributing to disrupted sleep patterns.
    • Effectiveness: Hypnotherapy has proven to be highly effective, particularly in cases where stress, anxiety, or psychological factors contribute to sleep disturbances. Individual responses may vary.

Combining CBT-I and Hypnotherapy:

  • I have found integrating elements of hypnotherapy into a CBT-I framework  creates a more personalized and comprehensive approach.
  • The combination targets both the cognitive and emotional aspects of insomnia, addressing specific underlying issues while also providing practical strategies for improving sleep.

It’s important to consult with qualified healthcare professionals, such as psychologists, sleep specialists, or certified hypnotherapists, when seeking treatment for insomnia. We can assess your individual situation and tailor interventions to your specific needs.

Additionally, addressing lifestyle factors, such as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule and creating a conducive sleep environment, is crucial in managing sleep disorders.


Danielle is dedicated to empowering clients to restore a natural state of calm, balance and wellness within themselves.

By adopting a person centred approach Danielle guides each client on their own highly personal healing journey.


  • In her comfortable and calming treatment room conveniently located in Payneham, South Australia with access to off-street parking.

  • Alternatively clients can choose to have sessions on Zoom in the comfort of their own home.




+61 433 392 904


296 payneham rd, payneham, SA

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