That’s simple: call A Good Night’s Sleep / A Vital Life LLC at 720‑477‑6211 to set up a complimentary 10-15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Stone. This call is an important part of selecting a therapist. I encourage and welcome you to ask questions about me and about the therapy approaches I use. I’ll be asking some questions about your mood and sleep so that I know if my approach is right for your situation and/or if I should refer you to a sleep MD. Good news – research shows that often when insomnia or nightmares are resolved, other mood issues like depression and trauma symptoms are relieved as well.
When we decide that my approach to therapy seems right for you, we’ll set up our first appointment.
The first session is not therapy, per se. It is for us to get to know each other, for me to get some detailed information about your sleep problems, any mood issues or conditions that affect your life, such as a brain injury, recent job change, divorce, etc. It’s also a time for you to ask questions about your sleep and about how I approach working with you. First, of course, we’ll spend a few minutes going over some of the paperwork you’ll have filled out – this is legally required in Colorado. Pdf’s of that paperwork are below – you save time by doing that before we meet.
Then we’ll start talking about your sleep, lack of sleep, and mood. Sometimes the underlying issue with insomnia is a medical sleep problem. We can work in parallel with getting medical issues treated, but it’s very important to know from the beginning if there are signs you might have, for example, sleep apnea or restless legs, so that I can refer you appropriately. It is also important for me to know any medications you’re on, and any history of mood issues or neurological issues, such as brain injury.
After you fill out the below paperwork and questionnaires, I’ll ask about your sleep history, plus daily life things that can affect sleep, like medications, diet, caffeine, etc. I’ll ask about mood and any history of concussions or brain injury. We’ll also go over how to track your sleep so that both of us will have the information we’ll need to change the brain-body habits that are interfering with your sleep.
From session 2 to the next-to-last session, we’ll always begin with looking at your sleep tracking. I’ll explain how sleep works, what sleep cycles are, and we’ll develop and work on a plan for how your chronic insomnia can be changed. We’ll drill down into the details of your sleep-wake patterns, and adjust them to change the pattern, checking in about what’s working and what’s not, so you can get back to better sleep. If all we are working on is insomnia, that is all we will do. In the final session, we’ll develop an insomnia relapse prevention plan.
If mood issues such as depression, bipolar, or adjusting to life after brain injury are important, we will spend time in our first session getting some of your history with those issues, and discussing your goals for treatment. I use techniques based in scientific evidence so that you can manage moods instead of them controlling you. You can live with a mood condition or with a brain injury instead of being defined by it by moving into a life with meaning, openness, and moments of joy. I use approaches known as Compassion-Focused Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), which are newer ways of augmenting cognitive-behavioral approaches.
No, I am a psychologist (who has a doctorate degree, Ph.D.) and only psychiatrists, doctors, physician’s assistants, and nurse practitioners are allowed to prescribe medication.
If, in our work together, I feel that medication may help, I can provide referrals. Our work together may also help you reduce or phase off of certain medications. If you are seeing anyone who is prescribing medication for you,
best practice guidelines mean that I will need a release form to speak with them to coordinate your care.
My rate is $150 per hour. However, unlike ongoing therapy, insomnia treatment is usually brief – 4-12 sessions, meaning your total cost for this therapy could be as little as $600, compared to a total cost of $6,000-$10,000 for a year of weekly therapy. Currently, I am a contracted provider with Aetna and Medicaid CO Access. I am applying to Medicaid CCHA (Boulder, Broomfield, Jeffco) and Medicare. In the meantime, I can provide you with appropriate documents to send to your insurance company or to use for your Health Savings Account reimbursements. I accept checks, cash, or credit cards using an encrypted secure app called Ivy Pay.
Please contact me to have me send you forms and questionnaires to fill out before your first appointment, review, and sign the forms before your first appointment. It is often best if we go over the forms on the phone as you're filling them out - it can make it easier for you. We cannot begin our first appointment until these forms are complete.