End the Insomnia Struggle Bookcover

In this talk hosted by Matthieu Villatte, Colleen Ehrnstrom, PhD, ABPP, and Alisha Brosse, PhD shared their expertise on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and discussed their new book, End the Insomnia Struggle:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep (New Harbinger Publications, 2016). Together, they talked about this multi-component treatment, which has significant empirical support for its efficacy in the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. Although developed for primary sleep complaints, CBT-I also is appropriate for clients who suffer from sleep problems in the context of another disorder (such as depression, bipolar disorder, chronic pain or anxiety).

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe indications for using CBT for insomnia
  • Describe the main components of CBT for insomnia
  • Describe the advantages of using CBT for insomnia
  • Describe why and how to blend CBT-I with elements of acceptance and commitment therapy

Technical Requirements: You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and either a telephone or speakers/headset for audio to join the live sessions.


Dr. Colleen Ehrnstrom is a licensed clinical psychologist and is board certified in cognitive and behavioral therapy. She received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. Dr. Ehrnstrom combines traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy with acceptance and commitment therapy, an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to increase psychological flexibility. She works in the family program at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, CO.

Dr. Alisha L. Brosse is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral therapies for a wide range of presenting problems, especially sleep, mood, and anxiety disorders. She operates a private practice in Boulder, Colorado, and directs a bipolar specialty clinic at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has trained hundreds of clinicians in evidence-based treatments for insomnia and bipolar disorders.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

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The Evidence-Based Practice Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Evidence-Based Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  The Evidence-Based Practice Institute allocates 1 CE credit for this course following APA guidelines. After you successfully complete the course, fill out an evaluation form, and pass an exam, your CE certificate will be emailed to you.

Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify that this course meets your licensing and/or continuing education requirements.








Past Reviews

Helpful practical information. Makes me more likely to inquire about sleep more carefully in the first interview with every client. - Lynne Henderson

This is an excellent introduction to working with clients with insomnia. It not only provides background with extensive research but gives guidelines for implementation. Highly recommend. - San Mueller

Very good treatment of insomnia that doesn't just focus on sleep hygiene or new habits that are hard to implement or increase anxiety and feelings of incompetence. Rather, the focus on compassion, acceptance, validation coupled with enhancing motivation and willingness seems much more effective and I think will more palatable to my clients. - Janice Bainbridge