Treatment For Insomnia In Melbourne

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is difficulty falling  or staying asleep or waking not feeling refreshed.

Learn how to sleep better now  by calling 0429 883671 to make  an appointment. 

Phone counselling, online video consultations and face to face sessions are available.

If you have had difficulty sleeping for over a month and it is negatively impacting on your ability to function at work or carry out  your daily activities, it may be time to seek treatment.

Insomnia is usually triggered at a time of stress such as a painful injury, losing one’s job,  bereavement,or a  relationship breakup. However insomnia often persists after the stressful event has resolved.

People experiencing insomnia usually report a combination of difficulty falling asleep  and having broken sleep. There are some people who report that they  do sleep  but it is a light, sleep that is not refreshing.

Chronic insomnia can lower one’s energy, lead to grumpiness and irritability, increase anxiety, and decrease motivation and one’s ability to concentrate.

Other factors of Insomnia

  • Having too many caffeinated drinks,
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drug abuse
  • A side effect of medication( many prescription and over the counter drugs can negatively impact upon your sleep)
  • Obstructive or central sleep apnea
  • A general medication condition such as e.g. hyperthyroidism, pheochromocytoma, arthritis, cancer, lung disease, Parkinson’s disease

Insomnia may also be a symptom of another mental disorder such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder and  generalised anxiety (excessive worrying).

If you have insomnia, consult your doctor as they can establish whether  you have any medical conditions  which need treatment. Your doctor can refer you to a psychologist if they feel   psychological treatment is appropriate for your condition.

Psychological treatment for insomnia may involve

  • Keeping a sleep diary
  • Practising good sleep hygiene,
  • Avoiding stimulants such as alcohol and caffeine
  • Regular relaxation practice ( e.g. slow breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation)
  • Addressing other psychological problems such as depression and generalized anxiety

Clinical psychologist, Catherine Madigan is able to offer help for insomnia so call now on 0429 88 3671

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4 Good Reason You Should Call Us!

Quick appointments no matter where you live in Australia. Online shyness, public speaking and anxiety treatment available.

Minimal out of pocket expense (Medicare & Health fund Rebates)

Clinical Psychologist with approx. 25 years of experience. Also offering virtual reality exposure therapy.

Business hours, After hours and Saturdays appointments

Frequently Asked Questions

Anxiety Australia is an anxiety clinic in Hawthorn, Melbourne that is run by Catherine Madigan, who is a clinical psychologist. She primarily focuses on treating anxiety disorders and stress management techniques to individuals and businesses through one on one consultations and stress management workshops.

She offers professional, discreet and confidential treatment options that work.

Catherine’s effective anxiety treatments offered in Melbourne can help you overcome disorders such as:

Call now for an appointment on 0429 883 671

The website provides information about anxiety disorders and the treatment options available. You will also find contact details for other psychologists around Australia who have substantial experience in and/or work primarily with anxiety disorders.

Catherine Madigan is a Melbourne based Clinical Psychologist. She is passionate about empowering clients with confidence. The reason her focus is primarily on the treatment of anxiety disorders is that she gains great satisfaction by witnessing the freedom and life changing results her therapies can deliver.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in Australia, with 1/7 people (14% of the population) reporting having had an anxiety disorder in the last 12 months. Women are more likely to have an anxiety disorder than men, 18% vs 11%. ABS National Survey of Mental Health & Wellbeing, Summary of Results 2007.

Anxiety or fear is a normal response to a present or imagined threat. Mild fear can be helpful as it enables us to respond quickly when faced with a dangerous situation and to be alert in difficult situations (e.g. exams). However, excessive fear may lead to people being paralysed e.g. soldiers under attack may be so afraid they can’t move to take cover, public speakers may find they go blank, forget their lines and are rendered speechless.

Anxiety is a normal emotion as it affects most people and is widespread. You would be abnormal if you didn’t experience fear sometimes. However, if your anxiety is out of proportion to the situation you are experiencing and/or persists in the absence of threat, e.g you worry about events months ahead or are experiencing anxiety long after the danger has passed, you may need professional help.

Some people are more prone to experiencing anxiety than others and it is not caused by just one thing but by a combination of factors including: genetics, family environment and traumatic life experiences. Sufferers may have unhelpful thinking patterns such as perfectionist standards. Nevertheless, you can learn to manage your anxiety more effectively.

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