Counseling and Neurofeedback
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Board-Certifed in Neurofeedback

Insomnia Treatment

Wouldn’t it be great to get a good night’s sleep?

Insomnia makes everything harder.

Maybe one of these sounds like you…

  • You go to bed at a reasonable time, but it takes forever to fall asleep.
  • You work into the wee hours of the night, and when you finally decide to get some sleep your can’t stop the thoughts buzzing through your brain
  • You fall asleep easily most of the time, but at 2:00 a.m. you’re wide awake, and you stay awake for an hour or two
  • You sleep through the night, but you often wake up long before the sun comes up
  • It seems like you’re getting enough sleep, but you don’t feel rested in the morning

These patterns can be changed.Insomnia

30-40% of adults struggle with insomnia each year.  This can make it harder to focus during the day, and harder to feel patient and relaxed when you’re talking to other people.

And new research shows that for many people, insomnia can lead to depression. It can create or increase…

  • Job stress
  • Relationship stress
  • Parenting stress
  • Anxiety

It doesn’t have to be that way. 

In just a short period of time, most people can learn to… 

  • Fall asleep easily
  • Sleep restfully through the night
  • Get the amount of sleep your body needs
  • Improve your mood (improving sleep doubles the chance of a full recovery from depression)
  • Feel refreshed during the day

In addition, research on sleep shows that you’ll likely be able to

  • Concentrate more and be more productive at work
  • Feel better, so you can connect more easily with the people you love
  • Improve your memory
  • Make better decisions
  • Stay healthier


Imagine feeling refreshed and alert, without the use of medication

To get a good night’s sleep, two things can make a big difference. First, you need good sleep strategies that allow your body to get the right amount of sleep consistently and easily. Second, you need to change your “brainwaves” – the EEG patterns behind nighttime “busy mind” – to ones that are more relaxing and conducive to good sleep.

My methods help you with both of these. Scientific studies and clinical evidence show that the strategies I use – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Neurofeedback – work for 90% of the people who learn them.

You can use both, and the combination can help you get to sleep quickly, rest deeply, and wake up refreshed.

The best part is that benefits are lasting.

Once you learn how to sleep well, the knowledge is yours.  If you experience greater than usual stress at some point, just pull out your “sleep toolbox.” It’s yours for life!

Isn’t it about time to get a good night’s sleep? Call today at 510.277.0456 for an appointment or more information

About Pat LaDouceurpatladouceur-art3-sq

Since 1987, I’ve helped hundreds of people worry less, focus more, and feel more connected with the important people in their lives.

I struggled with my own insomnia before using Neurofeedbak and CBT to make a lasting shift.  Like everyone, I have a difficult night every now and then – I’m travelling, or backpacking, or I work too late into the night.  But it’s easy to bounce back.  A few nights later, I’m back to good sleep.

Life is too short to keep on struggling with sleep, when you could be using your talents to do creative, quality work and relax with the people you love.

Will it work for me?

While I can’t guarantee these methods will work for everyone, my own clinical experience as well as nationwide research show that the methods I use help over 90% of people get the sleep they need.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to start changing my sleep patterns?

You’ll walk out of the first session with some practical strategies you can implement right away, so you can start making changes within the first week.  For most people, 5-15 sessions are enough for lasting gains.

2. What is neurofeedback and how does it work?

Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback that detects your brainwaves and gives you feedback about them.  It’s an easy, natural approach based on learning.  Nothing is done to you. Sensors detect your EEG pattern and send it to a computer, then the computer provides feedback. Just as you would learn how to play baseball more efficiently if you were listening to a personal coach on the sidelines, the feedback from the computer “coaches” your brain.

This helps you learn newer, more successful patterns of brain activity. Research shows that as brain activity changes, symptoms disappear. The result is an ability to affect your focus, attention, anxiety, sleep, and mood.

2. What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia?

CBT for insomnia is a method of learning habits that support good sleep, determining the amount of sleep you need, and creating routines that help you get it every night.

3. Do your methods work if I’m using sleep medications?

The short answer is yes – you’ll learn a lot about how to adjust your own sleep patterns, and these strategies can be used whether you’re on medication or not.  However, some medications may make it harder to learn, so progress might be slower.  If one of your goals is to find a new, medication-free sleep pattern, it’s essential to work closely with your physician.

4. Will these methods work if I travel or work on rotating shifts?

These methods will help, but the constant disruptions in your sleep will make it harder.  You’ll want to contact a sleep clinic for a more complete evaluation and treatment plan.

If this sounds like the right approach for you, here are your next steps:

If you’re ready to get started right away, contact me to schedule a no-cost 10-minute consultation, or to schedule an appointment.

  • Call 510.277.0456
  • Email
  • Text 510.684.2975.
  • Or just click the button below to schedule a time that works


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