About Dr. Valerie Stone

Imagine a world where everyone, most of the time, got enough sleep.

  • We would be more productive at work.
  • We’d be smiling and thoughtful to each other in line at stores, instead of impatient and snapping.
  • We’d have fewer car accidents.
  • More of the time, we would all feel closer to our best selves.

I want to live in that world! That’s why I chose to work in this area of psychology and started A Good Night’s Sleep / A Vital Life LLC.

Unfortunately, we don’t quite live in that world yet. But we could – the truth is, sleep disorders are very treatable and can often be fixed in a few sessions, without any need for chemicals or drugs.

Not accepting new clients.

When I found out how sleep disorders happen and how to treat them, I was so excited! I knew that’s what I wanted to focus on. I want to share the fix that science shows us works best. I have university degrees from Harvard, Stanford, and Fielding.

I am a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. I have worked in community mental health centers, the VA, and a non-profit specialty clinic for bipolar. I trained in insomnia treatment at the VA, the Boulder Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and the Sutherland Bipolar Center. I trained in nightmare treatment with experts at the University of Arizona and the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, & Injustice.

I get frustrated when people who have had trouble sleeping for months or years tell me they have not been offered what works, behavioral therapies for insomnia, or imagery rehearsal thearapies for nightmares. These behavioral and cognitive therapies can change the brain-body habit of being awake in bed, or having sleep disturbed by nightmares, usually in less than 12 sessions. Too many people have tried only prescription medication, cannabis, or “sleep hygiene” (a regular, relaxing night-time routine), and found that over time, those just don’t work for chronic insomnia.

I want to help people use the approaches that science has shown can work.

Go from “I can’t sleep” to “A Good Night’s Sleep.”
Go from “I can’t face today” to “I’m enjoying vital, meaningful days.”