Katie Fischer Sleep Coach for children, adults and families Crouch End : Muswell Hill : Highgate : North London and
Online across London and the UK

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Just being able to talk to a professional, who specialises in sleep was super valuable to me

Adult Coaching

We can work together to tackle and overcome your sleep challenges in two ways:

  • 1-hour video coaching call with further 45-minute follow up sessions available by phone
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) treatment across 6 sequential coaching sessions.

How I can help you. moody

You're not alone. Only 5% of adults report they have NEVER experienced insomnia. It is a very common and normal reaction to stressful life events. But sometimes insomnia can take on a life of it's own beyond the initial stressor or challenging time in your life. Why? Because you begin to WORRY about sleep.

    Do you want to feel more organised with more control over your life?

    Do you want more energy?

    Do you want to safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing?

We can achieve this together - poor sleep is not something that needs to be endured

Do any of these behaviours sound familiar?

Trying to 'catch up' on sleep with early bedtimes or lying in

It's a natural response to try to catch up and spend more time in bed when you don't feel you've had enough sleep. But sometimes it doesn't lead to more sleep – sometimes it just means you spend MORE time awake, building the connection to your bed as a place of wakefulness and difficulty sleeping.

Together we'll schedule your sleep around YOUR individual sleep need to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep more effortlessly.

Trying to force sleep

When you can't sleep, do you stay in bed and just keep on persevering? Do you begin to mentally coach yourself as if you're just not trying hard enough? Do you find the opposite happens? You become tense, frustrated and anxious about the fact that you're not sleeping.

We work on strategies to let sleep happen, rather than forcing it.

Focusing on negative sleep thoughts

Do you find that as you lie in bed awake, you’re worrying that you're not getting enough sleep, worrying about how tired you be will the next day, worrying how you will cope with managing work, childcare or other demanding tasks and worrying how LOW you will feel? It’s really important to remember that sleep is just one element of your sense of wellness. Overactive brains can also lead us to underestimate how much we're actually sleeping!

I help you switch negative sleep thoughts to positive ones and induce relaxation again to turn off that stress response.

Sleep problems I can help you with include:

  • Sleep onset insomnia
  • Sleep maintenance insomnia
  • Frequent awakening or sleep that is non-restorative
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Nighttime anxiety or a busy mind when trying to sleep
  • Stress-management and winding down before bed
  • Sleep challenges related to pregnancy or menopause
  • Delayed sleep phase
  • Early waking
  • Restless legs
  • Support with snoring or sleep apnoea that is affecting your sleep or a bed partner
  • Nocturia (frequent night time urination)
  • Dietary adjustments to support healthy sleep
  • Parasomnias

How I can help you. CBTIlogo2

Clinical research shows CBT-i is the MOST effective first-line treatment for chronic insomnia, improving sleep in 80% of insomnia patients - even long-term poor sleepers - as well as reducing or eliminating sleeping pill use in 90% of patients. More effective than sleeping pills in three major worldwide studies, this drug-free therapy has NO side effects and maintains LONG-TERM improvements in sleep.

I will teach you new evidence-based techniques, based on Dr Gregg Jacob's groundbreaking CBT-i research at Harvard Medical School. My program achieves results because insomnia can ONLY be effectively treated by addressing the UNDERLYING CAUSES – negative thought cycles and habitual behaviours – which play a primary role in perpetuating insomnia, and can be learned and, critically, UNLEARNED.

This program can also be tailored if you wish to reduce or eliminate sleep medication or support adjunctive treatment if you are receiving drug therapy to manage depression or anxiety, or working with a therapist.

My program combines 3 key elements - behavioural, cognitive and mindfulness

Working together on your habitual behaviours supports you in re-establishing a POSITIVE association between your bed and successful sleep. This means that falling asleep and staying asleep becomes more natural and automatic again, and you can achieve reliable sleep patterns from night to night.

Cognitive restructuring helps you understand your UNIQUE sleep need, evaluate your sleep more objectively, identify your barriers to behavioural change and gain new knowledge to challenge common misconceptions about sleep and the impact on health and daily functioning. Through sequential sessions, we work on shifting negative sleep thoughts to positive ones that are more accurate, adaptive, serve you better and, ultimately, help you gain more restful sleep by cutting down awake time in your bed.

My mindfulness element helps you understand what happens to the body when we experience stress and how this can carry over to night time and cause sleep disruption. I will teach you a PROVEN technique to invoke a counterbalancing relaxation response that you can use to take a daily pause in your day, as well as achieve relaxation again in bed.

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