Understanding sleep psychology
Sleep psychology, also known as behavioral sleep medicine (BSM), has existed as a specialty for decades. Our sleep psychologist is board certified in BSM. This branch of psychology addresses how behavioral and psychological factors affect your child’s health—in particular, their sleep.
Even if your child does not typically see a psychologist or have a mental health diagnosis, our sleep psychologist can provide short-term, targeted sleep interventions that work alongside the recommendations from your medical sleep team.
The sleep psychologist’s behavioral sleep medicine treatments are intended to complement, but not take the place of, your child’s current outpatient behavioral therapy. Therefore, if you’re currently working with a psychologist, therapist or counselor for other mental health or behavioral issues, we recommend you continue. The sleep psychologist can share notes and recommendations with your child’s other provider, with your permission.
If your child does not have a current outpatient therapist and you have additional general mental health concerns, the Sleep Team’s social workers can help you to explore available community mental health resources.
Please call the Sleep Clinic at (816) 983-6355 with any additional questions about your child’s Sleep Psychology referral.