Towards Better Sleep - A group programme for insomnia
Presented by Dr Cury Gray - Psychiatrist & Kathyrn Smith - Clinical Psychologist
About the workshop
TBS is a cognitive behavioural treatment programme that has been effectively treating insomnia for almost two decades. The programme uses evidence based techniques meaning they have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating insomnia. The programme focuses on education, behavioural techniques, correcting faulty thinking and relaxation strategies.
The group is held in 4 x 1 hour sessions at Psychology Consultant’s Morningside practice. A group setting held in the evening offers many benefits including reducing the cost of treatment and giving clients the opportunity to share and learn from each others insomnia experiences.
The group has been running with very good results for the past twenty years, with the same facilitators – a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist. The format of the group is laid out to successfully educate, correct, and complete homework strategies over the 6 weeks of the course. Participants learn from each other, and keep each other motivated to correct their sleep problems.
What Happens in the Programme?
The therapists take the participants through 4 1 hour sessions about insomnia and its management.
The only attendees at the sessions are the group participants and the therapists. There are a maximum number of 9 participants in each group. New participants cannot join a group that has already commenced.
Why is it a Group?
A group setting offers participants the opportunity to share their stories, and learn from the experiences and ideas of other insomnia sufferers, in a private and confidential environment. It also allows the therapists to treat more people in a cost-effective way.
How Long Does the Programme Run?
The Towards Better Sleep programme is configured as 4 early evening sessions occurring over a 6 week period.
About the Facilitators
Dr Curt Gray- Psychiatrist
Dr Curt Gray completed his medical degree in 1985 and began specialist training in psychiatry in 1988. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has been a registered psychiatrist with the Medical Board of Queensland since 1993. From that time he ran a successful Brisbane private practice in general adult psychiatry and attended the Princess Alexandra Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer. From early 2007 to late 2010 he held the position of Clinical Director, and Senior Specialist, at the Gold Coast Hospital Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service, before he moved to be Senior Specialist at The Prince Charles Hospital until the end of 2014. Since then he has been in private practice. He has a major clinical interest, and considerable experience, in the area of Sleep Disorders Medicine, especially the assessment and management of insomnia disorders. He is a recent member of the RANZCP Federal Committee for Examinations and is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association, where he is involved in the Special Interest Group on Insomnia.
Kathryn Smith - Clinical Psychologist
Kathryn Smith has been a registered psychologist since 1992 and is joint director at Psychology Consultants. She is a full member and qualified supervisor for the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.With extensive experience and predominant training in the field of cognitive- behavioural therapy, Kathryn’s work experience has been broad. She has worked in child and adolescent psychiatry, community psychiatry, health psychology, acute psychological assessments, medico-legal assessments, and individual counselling, management and supervision. Kathryn has held senior clinical positions in both the public and private health sectors.Kathryn’s special interests lie in treating adults with anxiety disorders such as health anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, social phobia, and generalised anxiety disorder. She has extensive experience and expertise in treating insomnia and is the co-founder and facilitator of the Towards Better Sleep program.
Workshop Dates and Times
Session 1: 12th October from 6 - 7pm
Session 2: 19th October from 6 - 7pm
Session 3: 2nd November from 6 - 7pm
Session 4: 16th November from 6 - 7pm
Early Bird Rate: $520 (before 30th September 2023; this rate will be applied automatically at checkout when making a booking)
General Admission: $560 ($140 per session)
Each session costs $140.00 to attend, however we request full programme payment of $560.00 prior to the programmes’ commencement. These group sessions are a medical service, provided by a medical practitioner and are therefore subject to a Medicare rebate of $45 per session. For what is provided in the programme the out-of-pocket cost of $95 is cheaper than equivalent individual treatment. We will provide participants with a receipt on completion of each session to enable you to claim your rebate directly from Medicare.
$50 cancellation fee up to 10 days before the workshop, $100 cancellation fee within the 10 days of the workshop commencement. No refunds can be made to cancellations made less than 72 hours prior workshop commencement date.
Psychology Consultants Morningside
18 Thynne Road, Morningside Qld 4170