Behavioral Treatment For
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
David Siegman, Psy.D. 732.545.8766
NJ Psychologist License #35SI00198200
Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
What is CBT-I?
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, CBT-I, is a scientifically proven treatment for insomnia. It focuses on changing sleep patterns and habits as well as beliefs about sleep, in order to improve sleep quality and quantity and daytime functioning.
CBT-I is a drug-free therapy. The treatment can be used to help patients reduce or stop sleep medication.
CBT-I is strongly recommended as the initial treatment for chronic insomnia by The American College of Physicians. It is also recommended as a first line treatment for chronic insomnia by The National Institutes of Health and The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
How does CBT-I work and is it effective?
During CBT-I treatment behavioral interventions address your sleep schedule, sleep environment, and other activities that affect sleep. Cognitive techniques address unhelpful attitudes and beliefs about sleep and sleep-related anxiety. I may add tools from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT, and mindfulness meditation to help my patients decrease their struggle with sleep and stay committed to the treatment. CBT-I usually lasts 5-8 sessions over 2-4 months.
Decades of research have shown that CBT-I for insomnia works as well as medicine in the short run and better than medicine in the long run.
Research shows that CBT-I results in:
- More sleep
- Better quality sleep
- Improvements in sleep long after treatment is over
- Decreased sleep-related worry
- Improved daytime functioning
- Less reliance on sleep medications
Do you only treat insomnia?
No. I treat a range of sleep problems including:
- Circadian rhythm disorders such as Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, when you fall asleep very late at night and have trouble waking up in the morning, or Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome, when you fall asleep very early in the evening and wake up much earlier than you'd like
- Irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder or broken sleep
- Sleep difficulties due to chronic pain or other medical conditions
- Need to stop using sleeping pills or supplements
- Difficulties using CPAP treatment for sleep apnea
About Dr. David Siegman
I am a licensed psychologist who has been providing evidence-based psychotherapy in New Jersey for more than 35 years. My practice is limited to the behavioral treatment of sleep disorders, including insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, CPAP intolerance and sleep medicine dependency.
If needed, I will coordinate your treatment with your sleep physician or other healthcare providers.
Working with a compassionate psychologist who is an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) gives you many advantages as you initiate behavioral sleep treatment.
This practice is a telehealth practice. All sessions are delivered on-line by live two-way video or occasionally by phone. You need an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or computer to receive treatment. Patients appreciate the convenience, flexibility and accessibility of telehealth as well as the ease of receiving timely support and answers to questions.
Professional Education and Affiliations:
- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- Member, New Jersey Psychological Association
- Member, Middlesex County Association of Psychologists
- Member, New Jersey Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
- Member, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
- Member, Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine
- Advanced Training in CBT-I, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
- Professional Member, American Tinnitus Association
- Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology
- Johns Hopkins University, BA in Psychology, General Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
insurance and FEES
I DO fully participate with traditional Medicare.
If you have a Medicare supplement, it should cover my services at your negotiated rate.
My billing company will bill Medicare directly.
I am in-network for most Medicare Advantage plans. Many of these plans have out-of-network benefits. Please check with your insurance company.
I am out of network for all other insurers. Many insurance plans have an out-of-network benefit which may pay a portion of my fee even if I am not in your plan.
Please BE SURE to contact your insurance company and determine your coverage prior to your appointment.
CONTACT DR. SIEGMAN
Dr. David Siegman
NJ Psychologist License #35SI00198200