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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Hypersomnia (CBT-H), and can it help you?

We will be looking at cognitive behaviour therapy for Hypersomnia (CBT-H) with Dr Sara Winter in the second edition of our Special Guest series. Sara is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience and has a special interest in sleep disorders and chronic disease.

She completed her PhD in the area of sleep disorders and health behaviour change, and completed her clinical training at the University of Queensland in the area of Clinical and Neuro Psychology.

Sara is experienced in working with a variety of clinical presentations including sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and the psychological concomitants of chronic diseases and chronic pain. She has a special interest and extensive experience in the psychological aspects of the management of sleep disorders including insomnia, hypersomnolence conditions, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, OSA, parasomnias, and nightmares.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi) is the Standard, first-line recommended treatment for Insomnia (ACP Practice Guideline, 2016). Sara is experienced in this intervention modality, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Trauma-focused interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. So what is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Hypersomnia (CBT-H)? And can it be as effective for hypersomnia as it is for insomnia? Come along to our next Living with IH catch up where Sara will explain CBT-H and, how it could help you. She will also answer any questions you may have. Wednesday 15th March 4.30pm - AWST

6.30pm* - AEST

8.30pm - NZ Time

*NSW & VIC add an hour during daylight savings. **PLEASE AIM TO ARRIVE 15MINS BEFORE THE START TIME** Periodically we will be inviting special guests to our monthly Living with IH community catch ups to speak on relevant topics with the aim of helping people better manage living with Idiopathic Hypersomnia. If you would like to attend any of these meetings or be notified of the details of them (so you can decide if you would like to attend) please register. To register for our Living with IH community group catch ups you will need to fill in a brief form. You will only need to do this once. Filling in this form will trigger invites to each of our future meetings. You can opt-out at any time.

Click here to register: Everyone is invited to our special guest presentation catch ups (ie: family, friends etc). There will be 2 parts, the first will be a presentation and Q&A and after that, we will have our usual LWIH catch up for people diagnosed with IH (and also parents of minors diagnosed with IH) only where we will talk about the presentation and other relevant topics.

Answers to some common questions.

1. While family and friends and generally not allowed at our usual Living with IH catch ups they are more than welcome to join us for our special guest presentations.

2. For privacy reasons we do not record our usual Living with IH catch ups. We do however sometimes record the special guest presentation section of the meeting (you don't have to have your cameras on for this section). A link to the recording will be sent to everyone who has registered for our living with IH community group within a few days of the presentation so if you can't make it to the presentation make sure you register so that you get a link to the video.

3. If you can't make it to one of our special guest presentations but you have a question/s you would like to ask the speaker let us know and we will do our best to ask on your behalf. You can send your questions to me (Michelle) at

4. We will still have a usual Living with IH catch up after the special guest presentation for those that would like to stay and chat. Note: this section won't be recorded but as usual you will be required to use your cameras. We hope you found this presentation helpful. The video of this presentation has been uploaded to the video library on our website.

You will also find it on our YouTube channel.

We do not receive funding and charge no membership. We have been able to make the videos of our presentations available for free via the generosity of our few loyal supporters (thank you to Suzy Munns for helping with our meetings and producing the video). If you can make a donation to help support our efforts - which will lead to more videos and hopefully another education day in a city near you, please do so here, no amount is too small. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The Trustee for Hypersomnolence Australia is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 01 Jul 2013. It is covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ABN: 19662120036


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