Margaret Altschul, M.A., Psychotherapist

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Sleep Disorders


Do you have insomnia? 

  • Do you often feel tired, drowsy or fatigued?
  • Does lack of sleep interfere with your concentration?
  • Does lack of sleep make you feel irritable or depressed?
  • Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
  • Do you have difficulty staying asleep?
  • Have these problems lasted more than 30 days?

How can treatment help? 

Insomnia is the inability to get as much sleep as you need in order to feel rested and function well.   Although most adults need 6-8 hours of sleep, the amount of sleep you need may vary over the course of your life time.  Many people have sleepless nights from time to time.  Whereas medication may be helpful if you occasionally have trouble falling asleep, research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy is more likely to provide lasting improvement for persistent problems.


Treatment consists of 6 – 12 highly structured group or individual sessions.  You will be asked to keep track of relevant day-time behaviors and your schedule of sleeping and waking. This is called a “sleep diary,” and will help me customize a program for you.  I will  provide  information about sleep so that you understand how your daily activities, thoughts, feelings and sleep habits affect your sleep.  Next, we will work together to set goals, and I will make specific recommendations.  Because the treatment addresses the cause of the problem, clients often report other positive results in addition to improved sleep. This treatment takes patience and motivation, but the results usually continue long after treatment has ended.

Psychotherapy for Adults | (818) 995-1388 | Encino | California License MFC 42839