Difficulty falling asleep, waking in the middle of the night or waking too early in the morning
A mismatch between your internal body clock and the demands of your day (i.e. falling asleep and waking up far too early or late)
Difficulty getting used to a CPAP machine or oral appliance
Children or teens who cannot fall asleep on their own or who get up multiple times per night
We base treatment decisions on scientific evidence and collaborate with your health care providers to promote seamless communication and continuity of care.
As a Behavioral Sleep Medicine clinic, we use treatments supported by numerous research studies to address the behavioral, psychological, and physiological factors that impact overall sleep quality. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), for example, has been shown to be as effective as medication and is often superior in the long run.
We can optimize your sleep even in the context of stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cancer, cardiac issues, and other co-existing conditions. In fact, CBT-I has been identified as the first line of treatment for chronic insomnia by both the National Institutes of Health and the British Association for Psychopharmacology.
Extensive research support also shows that behavioral interventions can significantly improve pediatric sleep issues and can help you optimize use of your CPAP machine to correct abnormal breathing patterns.
Your first office visit is aimed at getting to know you, your sleep goals, and collecting information about any relevant health history that may play a role in sleep complications. This session provides us with valuable information for guiding individualized treatment recommendations. A typical course of treatment is 4-8 weekly sessions. Some people request "booster sessions" once treatment is completed to ensure continued success.
Fees are $135 per session and are collected at the time of services. Invoices are available for you to seek out-of-network insurance reimbursement.
I think I'm pretty much okay, why should I treat my sleep problems?
Enhancing the overall quality of your sleep can result in remarkable improvements your mood, energy, and overall health. Personally and professionally, you could benefit from the increased productivity, enhanced memory and more efficient problem solving that accompany healthy sleep. Superior sleep can even propel your physical performance; you can look forward to increased endurance and agility, and higher intensity workouts.
Does treatment work?
Yes, CBT-I is the single most effective insomnia treatment. We specialize in delivering treatments that have a long history of solid research support.
How long will the benefits last?
Our treatments include plans for preventing future sleep issues and research indicates that benefits are long-lasting. We teach you principles of self-mastered sleep that you can rely on for a lifetime.
Do I have to give up my sleep meds?
Many people are drawn to the idea of not taking sleep medications but are anxious about what may happen if they stop. Behavioral Sleep Medicine strategies empower you with the knowledge and mindset needed to promote deep, restorative sleep. We collaborate with you and your health care provider to determine the role of sleep medications in your short and long term sleep goals.
I’ve already tried something that sounded like this. Why would it work this time?
Behavioral treatments work best when they are personalized, applied consistently, and are given time to work. We specialize in sleep, and study after study shows that the research-grade quality of care we provide is extremely effective for the majority of people who dive into treatment.
Is this "sleep hygiene?"
No, as you probably know, following the rules of sleep hygiene does not fix chronic sleep issues.
Dr. Kaufmann is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral approaches to the treatment of sleep issues as well as anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, and work stress. In addition to her expertise in addressing the behavioral, psychological, and biological complexities underlying sleep, she is known for her warm and engaging approach to treatment.
"It is clear that behavioral interventions are fundamentally biological interventions that reconfigure the body's ability to sleep. Once people are free from sleep concerns, they typically experience a contagious surge in confidence. I marvel at the domino effect that occurs, where newfound vitality improves life in meaningful and inspiring ways."
MA, Applied Behavior Analysis,
University of the Pacific
Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology/Harvard Medical School/Boston University School of Medicine
PhD, Clinical Psychology,
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Kaufmann is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Whiteford is a licensed clinical psychologist who uses cognitive behavioral interventions to treat sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and marital/relationship distress. She also has specialized training in helping clients enhance their motivation for change despite significant obstacles. Clients appreciate her unique ability to empathize and adeptly tailor treatment to their individual needs.
"A fundamental component of my job is staying up to date on treatments that work and how they work. I use this understanding to empower my clients with the knowledge they need to meet their goals. I am routinely inspired by their dedication and determination and the remarkable changes they make in their sleep and their lives. I am honored to be a part of the process."
BA, Psychology, cum laude, with honors,
Wardenburg Health Center/University of Colorado Boulder
PhD, Clinical Psychology,
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Whiteford is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
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