Do you have a teen that has trouble going to sleep at a decent hour, falling asleep, staying asleep at night, or being able to get up on time for school? If so, I can help!

Sleep for teenagers looks different than it does for younger children and adults, so it’s important that teens and parents understand how this affects things. Not sleeping well is also often a symptom of other underlying issues. As a Certified Integrative Teen and Adult Sleep Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) clinician, and Health & Life Coach, I will work with your child to figure out what those other issues are, if you don’t already know.

CBT-I is now considered the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia due to its superior long-term efficacy, lack of side effects, and patient preference compared to sedative-hypnotics, which are associated with significant side effects and risks. I realize that many clients are already taking sleeping pills, and while they want to stop taking them, they’re very fearful of what their sleep will look like if they do that. Don’t worry, we would work together to improve your child’s sleep while slowly decreasing their need for sleep aids (with their doctor’s approval). There’s nothing drastic about my program, so you can put your fears aside!

I will “shine a light” on the problem areas, provide information to further explain how and why they are not sleeping their best. We will discuss the “Wheel of Health” you see to your right, and I will explain how things such as diet, exercise, stress, anxiety, relationships, sports/activities, etc can all affect their sleep. I will provide you with attainable action steps each week for a series of 4, 6, or 8 weeks so that they can reach their goals at a speed that works best for them. They will be asked to log their sleep daily so that we can review those sleep logs each week, and ensure they’re reaching their goals and seeing results. I will be their coach, cheerleader, mentor, and partner throughout the journey!