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Overcoming Insomnia with CBTi & Mindfulness Psychotherapy

In this episode, London-based Sleep Psychotherapist, Heather Darwall-Smith discusses the science of sleep, how to uncover the root cause of insomnia, the link between insomnia and trauma & PTSD, how blue light from your phone and computer affects your sleep, and relaxation techniques you can use at home and during your self-care practice such as mindfulness and CBT to help address insomnia.

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Say Hello to Heather Darwall-Smith

Sleep Psychotherapist

Heather believes that the path to wellbeing lies in a good night’s sleep. Heather completed her MA in Mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapy with The Karuna Institute. She is currently working towards a PGDip in Sleep Science at the University of Oxford, and also holds a diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). She has also completed training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Trauma Assessment under Babette Rothschild.

Alongside her work as a Sleep Therapist at The London Sleep Centre, Heather runs a private psychotherapy practice in Oxford, which is bound by the UKCP code of ethics and regularly supervised in line with requirements.

Heather specialises in issues such as trauma and PTSD and particularly how they can present as challenges to sleep. From the perspective of psychotherapy, an important part of her ongoing clinical research addresses the cyclical question; what comes first, poor sleep or poor mental health?

Heather also provides Corporate Sleep and Stress Reduction Programs; using an evidence-based visual model that brings the benefits of therapy directly to people working in stressful environments. Her uniquely integrated approach uses a combination of workshops and 1:1 coaching.

Heather is also the author of "The Science of Sleep: Stop Chasing A Good Night's Sleep and Let it Find You" which is available on Amazon.