PS 045: Assessing and Treating Insomnia (Part 1)

Courtney Bancroft (PsyD) joins me today to discuss insomnia. This is part one of a two-part episode; listen to part two here if you’re a patron. If you’re not a patron, you’ll have to wait until next week to hear part 2 of this episode.

Dr. Bancroft is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York with over a decade of experience at some of the nation’s greatest hospitals and institutions. She completed her clinical training and post-doc at Yale University’s School of Medicine, where she specialized in Clinical Health Psychology, specifically sleep, addiction, and the intersection of health and mental health. She graduated from Pepperdine University’s Psy.D. program and received her Master’s and Undergraduate degrees from Loyola University in Maryland.

There has been an increase in public awareness about insomnia, and it is estimated that approximately 60 million Americans are affected by this sleep disorder each year. There’s also been more awareness about using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) as an effective form of treatment.  Historically, sleep disorders were thought to result from other disorders like depression or anxiety. However, research and empirical studies show that multiple disorders can exist at the same time. Insomnia affects a diversity of people, and it’s estimated that $41B was spent on sleep aids in 2015. This amount is projected to increase to $52B in 2020.  You can learn more about Dr. Bancroft at

CLICK HERE  to get info on how to download the guides on insomnia (part 1 & 2)! The guide for part 2 also contains bonus content that Courtney and I discussed that is not included in the podcast.

Enjoy the episode, and thank you for helping me help others!