”Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882).
“Make Sleep Your Friend” is a motto intended to motivate change in an individual’s thoughts and behaviors about sleep, especially if insomnia has become a chronic problem. Many clients with insomnia keep ‘trying’ to sleep instead of letting go of the struggle, to embrace and welcome sleep, as you would a friend.
The author of this motto is Geoff Brearley, an Australian registered psychologist with a clinical interest in sleep disorders, and in particular, insomnia. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and anthropology at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), then a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology Honours through Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst, New South Wales. He returned to USQ to complete his Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology. He has worked as a counsellor with refugees from culturally diverse backgrounds, and in the employment services sector. Geoff also works in a separate, private general psychology practice with two colleagues.
Geoff enjoys working with adult clients from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, and seeks to utilise each client’s strengths and values in interventions, using evidence-based cognitive, mindfulness and motivational approaches.
Geoff received training in CBT-I at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. He regularly attends continuing professional development training workshops and conferences in the US and Australia, about updates and new research in behavioral treatments for sleep disorders (including CBT-I), and other sleep topics. Geoff is a Member of the Australasian Sleep Association, and a Member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (USA).
Geoff is passionate about sleep, and established Bayside Sleep Health in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Wynnum to help anyone in the area (and beyond) regain good sleep health and, “make sleep your friend”.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I),
- General advice to promote Good Sleep Health, and
- Sleep Health presentations to business and community groups.
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