Clinical psychology and behavioural sleep medicine services
Psychotherapy is a treatment relying on your own capacity to bring about changes in your life. The therapist's role is to guide and support you to get new insight into your health problems and to teach you skills of how to fight your illness.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is the first line, recommended treatment for chronic insomnia. Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is provided on an individual basis and typically consists of 4 treatment sessions. The treatment works fast and has a long term effect.
Nightmare treatment is a short, imagery based treatment that can be combined with cognitive behavioural treatment for insomnia
Clinical depression is an illness characterized by overwhelming sadness or decreased ability to enjoy everyday activities of life, including work, recreation or sex. Sleep problems are very common in depression. Psychotherapy can treat your depression and sleep difficulties at the same time. The treatment is time limited (about 15 sessions) and is often of long-term benefit.
Worry during the day or in the evening may prevent you from having a good night sleep. Psychotherapy teaches you how to live with healthy, adaptive anxiety and how to reduce the non-helpful, stressful worry in your everyday life. The length of treatment – depending on the type of anxiety problem – is estimated to be between 5 and 20 sessions.
Lifestyle factors, sleep problems, sleep habits, and chronic medical conditions often triggers or maintain chronic fatigue. Cognitive behavioral fatigue management and mindfulness improves quality of life and fatigue in chronic fatigue conditions, including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Dora Zalai graduated in medicine sum cum laude in Hungary and focused on pediatric neurology. After immigrating to Canada she completed a research fellowship in the health and disease psychiatry program at the University of Toronto and then worked in the sleep program at the University Health Network. Dora's passion for behavioural sleep medicine inspired her to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Ryerson University where her focus is to study the psychological aspects of fatigue in chronic medical conditions and sleep problems following traumatic brain injury. Dora has a long standing experience in providing cognitive behavioural treatment for individuals who have a combination of sleep difficulties and medical/mental health problems. She has an aptitude in conveying complex health information in an easily digestible form; to this end she has contributed to an internet based program on insomnia and four booklets for patients on topics ranging from insomnia and sleep apnea treatment to cultural aspects of psychiatry.
Sleep & Psychiatric Assessment
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder Treatment
Circadian Sleep Disorder Treatment
Mindfulness program & Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy for patients with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or fatigue. This is provided in a group format and is only available if there are enough applicants.
Support Group for Individuals with Sleep Problems and Obesity
Support Group for Individuals with Chronic Insomnia
I would like to try psychotherapy. What is the next step?
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