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1,350 people sought insomnia therapy help in South Carolina in the last year

Discover how starting insomnia therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Insomnia therapy

What is insomnia therapy?

Insomnia therapy is a tailored form of treatment that addresses chronic sleep disturbances, which can include problems with falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restorative sleep. The goal of Insomnia therapy is to enhance sleep quality, establish healthy sleep routines, and, in turn, improve an individual's overall well-being by mitigating and reducing the adverse effects of persistent sleep deprivation.

How does insomnia therapy work?

Insomnia therapy combines therapeutic approaches, with a central focus on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) to modify sleep-disrupting thoughts and behaviors, integrating techniques like stimulus control, sleep restriction, and relaxation training. Thriveworks Charleston therapists will also emphasize sleep hygiene education and may include mindfulness and relaxation exercises to improve sleep quality, equipping individuals with effective strategies to enhance their sleep and overall well-being.

Symptoms of insomnia

Common symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Having a hard time falling asleep
  • Waking up in the middle of the night
  • Waking up earlier than desired
  • Bedtime anxiety about sleeplessness
  • Grogginess during the day due to lack of sleep

Should I go to therapy for insomnia?

Symptoms of insomnia often look different for everyone; however, there are some warning signs that can signal the need for insomnia therapy. These include feeling anxious about bedtime, bedtimes getting later and later, energy peaking at night rather than during the day, and drastic caffeine consumption in order to stay awake.

What is the best therapy for insomnia?

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is one of the most effective forms of therapy for treating insomnia, working to modify sleep-disrupting thoughts and behaviors through strategies like sleep hygiene and sleep restriction.

Is insomnia therapy conducted in person or online?

Insomnia therapy at Thriveworks Charleston is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long should you go to therapy for insomnia?

The duration of insomnia therapy can vary based on the individual's needs and progress in treatment. Typically, it involves a short series of sessions over a few weeks to a couple of months, with the number and length of sessions decided in consultation with the therapist. Some experience better sleep within this time, while others choose longer therapy to address complex sleep issues or maintain good sleep habits.

How long does CBT take to work for insomnia?

Many people start to see improvements in their sleep patterns after about two to three weeks of CBT-I. However, the duration and effectiveness will differ for everyone, so don't worry if it takes a bit longer to have a strong effect.

Need more help deciding?

Watching the clock go from midnight to one in the morning to two in the morning to three in the morning. You just want to be asleep. Instead, you’ve been up some, most, or even all of the night. Sound familiar? People who suffer from insomnia know that with each waking hour, their chance of a restorative night’s sleep diminishes. Many people suffer from insomnia, but contending with a sleep disturbance can feel lonely and overwhelming. If you are experiencing insomnia or if you wake drained instead of restored, seeking professional help may restore the sleep you need.

Many who suffer from sleep disturbances have benefitted from a holistic, two-step approach to therapy that gives both practical sleep solutions and addresses any possible causes of the insomnia. The therapists at Thriveworks Charleston insomnia counseling take a holistic approach, working to turn their clients’ dreamless nights into the restorative sleep they need. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, reach out to Thriveworks Charleston to schedule an insomnia therapy appointment.

Causes of Insomnia

Each person who suffers from sleep deprivation is unique. Some people have difficulty falling asleep. Some people have difficulty staying asleep. Some people seemingly sleep, but they wake exhausted and drained instead of refreshed and rested.

Insomnia can be triggered by a variety of life circumstances, or it can occur independently. Sometimes stress from big life events can cause sleep disturbances. Have you experienced a big life transition recently? Changes in job, family, finances, and living situation can cause stress that manifests as insomnia. Unfortunately, insomnia can also be a secondary effect of other health problems. Sleep disturbances often accompany depression, menopause, hyperthyroidism, and many other health problems.

Insomnia can also develop on its own, without warning or accompanying health problems. Regardless of its cause, people who suffer from insomnia know the difficult effects it can have on their daily life. Can you relate to John’s experience?

The Side Effects of Insomnia

John works a night shift. Working a different schedule from his family has been difficult, but he has always been able to get enough sleep… until recently. Within the past few months, John has had difficulty sleeping. At first he was not too concerned, but after three months of sleep deprivation, he has noticed that everyday tasks have become harder. John has had difficulty focusing while driving home from work. Last week, he almost fell asleep at the wheel. For his safety and health, John is ready to seek help.

John is not alone in experiencing the difficulties insomnia brings to daily life. Common side effects of insomnia include:

  • Increased risk for common health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.
  • Irritability and strained relationships. Insomnia may also decrease sex drive.
  • Inability to focus and impaired judgment that may lead to low job performance.

Have you experienced any of these side effects with your sleep deprivation? Many people have found help and relief through insomnia therapy. Regardless of the symptoms, or side effects, you have experienced with insomnia, the therapists at Charleston, SC are ready to help.

How Does Insomnia Therapy Work at Charleston, SC?

Our professionals take a thorough, two-step approach to therapy. First, we know that you need to sleep—and soon. Our therapists help their clients find practical sleep solutions. Second, we also know that insomnia can have various causes. Our therapists help their clients examine anything that could be underlying the insomnia, equipping them with the tools they need for long-term sleep success.

Our therapists help their clients develop a sleep plan—practical solutions for their sleep deprivation. Together, the therapist and client think through ways to optimize sleep. A sleep plan may include…

  • Relaxation techniques and training: With practice and observation, people can learn what their body and mind need to fall asleep. Over time, people can direct their mind toward thoughts that relax them and aid the sleep process.
  • Sleep hygiene: Simple changes may make a big difference when it comes to getting more sleep. Our counselors understand good sleep hygiene and can direct their clients toward adjusting their sleep routine to incorporate it. Improving sleep hygiene may include looking at caffeine or alcohol intake and exercise habits.
  • Sleep environment: Lighting, temperature, and sound all affect how people sleep. Many people have found that working with a counselor to find the optimal sleep environment brings relief to their insomnia.

Finding Long-term Sleep Success at Thriveworks Charleston

Are there underlying beliefs or habits or causes of the insomnia? Our therapists have the training and experience to determine if any deeper issues may be contributing to the sleep disturbances. Some people fall into the false belief that they will never have regular sleep again. This belief then raises stress and anxiety about not sleeping and leads to less sleep. Our therapists have helped their clients identify and address any beliefs that may be contributing to the insomnia.

For others, the insomnia is a result of stress from a major life change. Developing coping strategies for the stress addresses this foundational cause and equips people with healthy alternatives to managing stress, should it arise again. Similarly, if insomnia accompanies PTSD or an anxiety disorder, our therapists have helped their clients receive the treatment they need for the insomnia and the accompanying disorder.

Thriveworks Charleston, SC insomnia therapists care about their clients. We know that battling insomnia can feel lonely, but we have fought that battle with many clients. Charleston, SC is here to help. We accept most insurance providers and have appointments available that work for busy schedules. Call today for an appointment.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Charleston therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Charleston
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

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Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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Mr Sachs has been outstanding with his handling of our sessions. Personally, I believe that therapy/counseling is truly a personal experience and the therapist needs to be matched to the patient as much as the patient with the therapist. I feel like he was a perfect fit for what we needed with our sessions.
Read more Mr Sachs has been outstanding with his handling of our sessions. Personally, I believe that therapy/counseling is truly a personal experience and the therapist needs to be matched to the patient as much as the patient with the therapist. I feel like he was a perfect fit for what we needed with our sessions.
Bill Jan 2024
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Mrs. Darby is an amazing LPC! She was my preceptor while attending MUSC. She came highly recommended by my colleagues and definitely met the expectations! She went above and beyond for her students and her clients. Very professional, caring, empathetic, practices excellent communications and dedicated to improving mental health for her clients and the community! I highly recommend her services!
Read more Mrs. Darby is an amazing LPC! She was my preceptor while attending MUSC. She came highly recommended by my colleagues and definitely met the expectations! She went above and beyond for her students and her clients. Very professional, caring, empathetic, practices excellent communications and dedicated to improving mental health for her clients and the community! I highly recommend her services!
Charleston Aug 2022
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★★★★★
Rhonda is very dependable and a great listener. She has such a calming spirit!
Charleston Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Emily Frichtl has been a fan resource for me. She is insightful, compassionate and caring. I am very thankful to have her!
Read more Emily Frichtl has been a fan resource for me. She is insightful, compassionate and caring. I am very thankful to have her!
Charleston Nov 2020
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★★★★★
Emily Frichtl is a great therapist! I had the privilege of acting as both a clinical supervisor and then as a peer to Ms Frichtl and can attest that she is well versed in the field ethics, displays compassion, and is driven to help her patients.
Read more Emily Frichtl is a great therapist! I had the privilege of acting as both a clinical supervisor and then as a peer to Ms Frichtl and can attest that she is well versed in the field ethics, displays compassion, and is driven to help her patients.
Charleston Nov 2020
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I worked with Adam for over 2 years as a colleague. He is client focused, dependable, and well loved among clients.
Read more I worked with Adam for over 2 years as a colleague. He is client focused, dependable, and well loved among clients.
Charleston Mar 2020
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I was privileged to work alongside Adam recently and I was regularly impressed with how often his clients enjoyed him. He was respected for asking wise questions and for giving gentle suggestions. And his paperwork was to be envied. He's such a good guy!!!
Read more I was privileged to work alongside Adam recently and I was regularly impressed with how often his clients enjoyed him. He was respected for asking wise questions and for giving gentle suggestions. And his paperwork was to be envied. He's such a good guy!!!
Charleston Mar 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Charleston is located on E Bay St between Cumberland St and S Market St. Across the street, on the opposite side of E Bay St, you will find the US Custom House. We currently share the building with JB Hunt Transport Service and the Law Office of Jason S Stevens, among other businesses.

Phone number

(843) 376-6157

Languages spoken by SC providers

  • Russian
  • English
  • Creole
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