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Smart Health Psychology 
 Marni Amsellem, Ph.D. 


Insomnia can be debilitating, but there is effective treatment available. 


Many people routinely have negative thoughts about their sleep and ask themselves questions, such as:

  • What will happen tonight when I try to fall asleep? 
  • How poor will my sleep be?
  • Will I again have trouble falling asleep, be up in the middle of the night or wake too early?
  • How will I be able to function tomorrow?


When going to bed regularly has become a source of anxiety in and of itself, it is time to do something about it.  There are a variety of treatments and changes in lifestyle behaviors that can be effective for managing disrupted sleep. Some have been found to have long-term positive effects, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i).

Dr. Amsellem treats insomnia guided by CBT-i. She is among few local providers to so, though offers treatment remotely online to clients throughout New York and Connecticut. CBT-i is considered to be the "gold standard" in treating insomnia. It targets patterns, behaviors, and thoughts. It is something that can be accomplished both in office visits and by implementing behavioral changes at home. If insomnia has become part of your life and you would like to do something about it, you may be a candidate for CBT-i. 


Contact Marni Amsellem, Ph.D. to discuss possible treatment options.


Suggested reading list on insomnia and sleep disruption:


​When counting sheep isn't cutting it: Managing sleep difficulties

Can't sleep? How to put insomnia to bed

You asked: What is the best sleeping pill? 

Why women are more likely to experience sleeping problems than men

Effect of stress on circadian rhythms

The worst kind of insomnia

Finally, a cure for insomnia?


Suggested reading on insomnia and cancer:


Radio interview about insomnia in cancer survivors

How to overcome sleepless nights after cancer

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acupuncture Improve Insomnia Symptoms in Cancer Survivors