Better Sleep, Better Health
If you suffer from insomnia or other sleep disturbances, I can help. I have seen firsthand in my 10 years of clinical practice that insomnia takes an enormous toll on all aspects of life. Treating insomnia is important. Left untreated, it can lead to a host of medical and psychological illnesses and lower your productivity and quality of life.
As an insomnia expert, I can help you restore healthy, natural sleep. All sleep problems are not the same and treatment is not one size fits all. My approach begins with a comprehensive assessment to diagnose the root of the problem and rule out medical causes. We will then design an individualized treatment plan, which may include therapy, medications or both.
Is CBT-I right for you?
You prefer natural therapies to sleep medication
Sleep medications don’t work well or cause side effects
You have suffered from insomnia for a long time or it keeps returning
You are unhappy with your current sleep pattern
Your mental health symptoms have improved but restful sleep remains elusive
You are pregnant or planning pregnancy and want to stop or avoid sleep aids
Your sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome are treated but insomnia persists
What is CBT-I?
I specialize in a non-medication approach to treating insomnia called CBT-I, which is the first-line recommended treatment for chronic or recurrent insomnia by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the National Institute of Health and the American Psychological Association. CBT-I was developed at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center by Gregg Jacobs, PhD. It is fast, safe and effective.
CBT-I consists of 8 one-hour sessions. It addresses types of learning that impact development of insomnia and uses techniques such as stimulus control, sleep restriction, and cognitive restructuring along with healthy sleep habits. Many people have already tried sleep hygiene and found it ineffective or hard to follow. Sleep hygiene alone has not been found effective for treating insomnia.
Therapy or Medications
In multiple research studies, CBT-I is as or more effective than sleeping pills. CBT-I addresses the underlying cause of insomnia so the gains are long-lasting. It can also improve co-existing problems such as depression, anxiety, cognitive complaints, pain, and weight gain.
Sleep medications have a place in insomnia treatment but they can have limited effectiveness and carry risks of dependence, withdrawal and other harmful effects. Side effects in older adults can include risk of falls and cognitive impairment. Most sleep medications were not intended for long-term use but many people find it hard to stop them even if they aren’t working well or start to require higher and higher doses to work.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Education & Training
Dr. Nord received her medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Harvard University. She completed psychiatric training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute where she received specialty training in women’s mental health. She completed the VA Training Program in CBT-I in 2013. In addition to private practice, she has worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and as Attending Psychiatrist and Clinical Supervisor at the West Los Angeles VA Women’s Clinic for female veterans. She teaches psychiatry residents at UCLA, is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Southern California Psychiatric Association, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. Other areas of expertise include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health during pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.
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