Insomnia consultations with London sleep therapist Ed
Online Sleep Consultations
- A 50 minute online zoom call with Ed
- Identify what causes your poor sleep
- Learn to overcome insomnia problems using ACT
- Develop tools to sleep well for life
- Consultations are £72
Complete my short questionnaire to check I can help your issue
Previous client testimonials
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do consultations take place and what do I need to prepare in advance?
Consultations happen online via zoom. When you book a consultation you will automatically be emailed a zoom link for your booking. There’s nothing you need to prepare for a session but please ensure you have a private quiet room where you will not be disturbed and a pen and paper for any notes you wish to take.
Can I cancel or reorganise my booking?
To cancel or reschedule a consultation, please do so using the Calendly booking system, which can be done via the email sent to you confirming your booking. Alternatively, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if needed.
Who will I meet with during the consultation?
Myself, Ed. Although I’m not yet formally qualified as a psychologist or psychotherapist, I’ve been through my own struggles with sleep and am well versed in how ACT can help. I’ve become trained, knowledgeable and experienced at using ACT therapy to help others with the same struggle. The ACT approach is a wonderfully simple way to overcome sleep challenges, see for yourself!
What can the sleep consultations help with?
I can help most adults with either newly developing sleep issues or long term chronic insomnia.
The consultations cannot, however, help individuals to deal with some specific sleep problems that require medical attention. These include sleep apnoea, parasomnias (e.g. sleep terrors & sleep walking), restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and REM sleep behaviour disorder.
I help treat insomnia using the clinically proven ACT based approach.
A doctor has prescribed me sleeping pills, can your consultations still help?
It’s very common for people suffering from insomnia to be taking prescribed sleeping pills or over the counter equivalents. The ACT based approach helps you to build trust in your own natural ability to sleep without needing sleeping pills. Please note, you should always follow your doctors advice and guidance for what medication you should or should not be taking, especially for medication exit strategies.
How many sessions will it take for my sleep to improve?
I can’t guarantee how many sessions you will need to get back to sleeping well again. However, the good news is that most clients report their sleep improves quickly, typically within a few weeks. As everyone has different issues with sleep, some people may only need one consultation, whilst others may need a few more.
What is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and how can it help with my sleep?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was first pioneered in the eighties as a mindfulness based therapy. It works by helping someone to accept any difficulty sleeping as it happens, helping them to stay in the present moment, despite any bad thoughts and feelings that arise. Furthermore, it helps someone to focus on pursuing what they value in life despite the difficulties that insomnia brings.
ACT encompasses practicing a variety of skills, such as simple mindfulness & self-comapssion based techniques, with the aim of allowing someone to free themselves from obsessive negative thinking about sleep. This lets them rest in bed peacefully and drift off into good quality sleep.
Fortunately, it works wonderfully for treating insomnia. It helps to manage people’s levels of anxiety and stress around sleep, and not let it disturb their sleeping patterns.
Why don’t you use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for treating Insomnia (CBTI)?
For many years CBTI has been seen as the gold standard of treatment for chronic insomnia. However, it isn’t always succesful at helping people to fully overcome their insomnia. About only a third of insomniacs who go through CBTI report that they have returned to regularly sleeping well again at night. Of that third, many are still reliant on using strict rules and routines to help them sleep. The ‘sleep restricitoon’ and ‘stimulus control’ measures used in CBTI can also be too difficult for lots of people.
The ACT approach is also a well regarded scientifically proven way to help people fully overcome insomnia. It doesn’t, however, require you to follow any difficult routines or rules. After going through ACT, people are much more resilient sleepers and rarely develop sleeping problems again.
ACT is less well known about than CBTI for treating insomnia as it’s a newer therapy that hasn’t been around for as long.