Does Sleep Matters prescribe medications?
No. Medical practitioners (e.g., your GP, Sleep Physician, or Psychiatrist) will be responsible for prescribing you with appropriate medication if this is required. Our behavioural/psychological treatment will consider how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour might be contributing to your difficulties with sleep, and will assist you in making adjustments.
What Is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychological therapy that has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a range of problems including Insomnia, fatigue, and other sleep problems. In fact CBT for Insomnia is the recommended first line treatment for insomnia and is more effective than medication in the long term. CBT aims to help patients identify and change unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours in order to produce a positive change. It is a treatment that is focussed mainly in the ‘here and now’ and it requires that you are active in your treatment. It can be challenging to make changes, but you will be supported every step of the way.
How long are the sessions and how many sessions will I need to attend?
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration. The number and frequency of sessions is dependent upon a number of factors including: (i) the severity of the problem; (ii) whether a number of problems exist concurrently (e.g., depression/anxiety/stress); (iii) how ready and able you are to implement strategies discussed during sessions. It is important to be able to commit to at least 4 sessions but the number and frequency of sessions will be openly discussed with you.
What will be expected of me during treatment?
Firstly you will be asked to complete some questionnaires that assess your symptoms. We will also ask you to complete a Sleep Log. In your first session, we will ask about your history, current concerns, and what you would like to gain from treatment.
After most sessions you will either be given something to read, or will be asked to try a new strategy. Time will be spent in sessions helping you to find a way to stick the strategy you are implementing. Usually the treatment will not take a lot of time during your week but giving some time to your treatment in between sessions is important for maximising its effectiveness.
Can I get a Medicare rebate?
You may be eligible for a rebate of $126.50 per session for up to 10 Clinical Psychology sessions per calendar year if you are referred by your GP under a ‘mental health care plan’ . Most of our patients are referred this way (Sleep problems including Insomnia fall under this scheme). If you are not referred under a Mental Health Care Plan, you may be able to use private health fund ancillary rebates. Please check with your GP and/or health fund to determine your eligibility for rebates.
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