‘Before I met Christabel, I had severe insomnia that I had been struggling with for a number of years. After a couple of months worth of sessions my sleep has become significantly better. I’ve moved from sleeping around 3 or 4 hours a night to consistently sleeping between 6 or 7. Christabel is a great teacher of CBT methods and coupled with an understanding and caring nature, she was instrumental in getting my sleep back to where I wanted to it to be. I can’t recommend Christabel and CBT, highly enough.’
I am a sleep therapist, based in Bristol, who provides sleep therapy and advice for sleep problems and insomnia, including face to face, internet and telephone appointments. These might be difficulties getting to sleep, problems returning to sleep after waking in the night and waking early in the morning. I use a combination of cognitive and behavioural techniques together with motivational interviewing to alleviate these problems.
Sleep problems and insomnia can cause daytime fatigue, irritability, low mood and problems with cognitive functioning which can adversely affect your performance at work, your quality of life and your relationships. But you do not have to just live with insomnia – there is an effective treatment, proven in numerous clinical trials to lead to long-lasting improvements to sleep.
I completed an MSc in Health Psychology in 2012 during which I pursued my interest in sleep and associated problems. Following this, I completed a course on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and another on cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT- i). I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Sleep Medicine at Oxford University in September 2018.
I use a biopsychosocial approach to sleep therapy which takes into account a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors to understand health and illness.
I abide by the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) code of ethics and conduct and am a member of the British Sleep Society.