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Sleep Therapy Service

NOTE: Because of COVID-19, appointments are being done by telepsychology (videoconference). For this, the referral form must include an email address.

Make a Referral using the Sleep Therapy Service Referral Form (PDF, 191 KB)

Sleep Therapy Clinic Team 1

Supervising Psychologist: Dr. Judith Davidson, C. Psych., Somnologist (ESRS), Behavioural Sleep Medicine

The Sleep Therapy Service provides assessment and treatment of sleep disorders, especially insomnia, in adults (age 18 and older).  Insomnia is persistent difficulty falling or staying asleep that interferes with daily life and wellbeing.  

Clients can refer themselves or be referred by a health professional.

The initial appointment is a consultation that takes approximately 90 minutes. There are some forms to complete and return to the office, at least 1-2 weeks prior to the consultation. One of the forms is a “sleep diary” in which you answer questions about your previous night’s sleep each morning for 7 days. Submitting this information in advance gives us a head start in understanding your sleep problem, and expedites the consultation.

Subsequent appointments are approximately 50 minutes long. All sessions are conducted by experienced graduate students in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University, with supervision by Dr. Davidson.

Psychological services are not covered under OHIP. If you have health benefits (e.g., through your workplace) that cover psychological services, you can submit the receipt for full or partial reimbursement.

Fees paid to the Queen’s Psychology Clinic follow a sliding scale, depending on your income. Click here for the New Psychological Fee Services Schedule (PDF, 236 KB). You decide, based on your income, what you can afford. We do not want to turn anyone away due to financial hardship, so let us know if the minimum fee is not affordable.

The type of treatment will depend on the nature of your sleep problem. All treatments are strategies that you learn that have been shown through research to be the most effective for your problem. If you have chronic insomnia, then you will be most likely be offered cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, or “CBT-I”. The number of sessions for insomnia treatment is approximately six.

Please contact Stacey Burns at 613-533-6021 for further information or to set up an appointment.

Sleep Therapy Service Referral Form (PDF, 191 KB)

Sleep Therapy Clinic Team 2

1.  None of the treatments involves medication or medical interventions. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy will be referred back to the family physician for forwarding to a medical sleep lab, such as the one at Kingston General Hospital.