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Help with Insomnia and Sleep Disorder Treatment

Nigel provides help with Insomnia and Sleep Disorders in Manchester City Centre.  He is a UKCP Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist / Counsellor, EMDR Therapist, CBT Practitioner, Trauma-Informed therapist, and NLP Master Practitioner.  He has had many years of practical experience of helping people with sleep issues. He has also received specific training in working with insomnia and sleep disorders.

The treatment consists of a series of weekly psychotherapy sessions in which the habits, thoughts and beliefs that currently prevent you from sleeping are examined and worked through.  This requires the attendance of a series of weekly sessions and regular practice of any exercises that are given.

This treatment is probably not suitable for you if you are only looking for simple coping strategies, tips and quick fixes.  If instead, you are prepared to commit to learning how to change the underlying psychological processes behind your insomnia then do get in touch.

To book an appointment with Nigel, or to make an enquiry, call 07463 542368 or Click here to email

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterised by a persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or maintaining the sleep.

help with insomnia and sleep disorder treatment manchester | sleep manchester | insomnia manchester | counsellor nlp and psychotherapyIn the short term, lack of sleep will cause a substantial reduction in your mental performance. Mental tasks such as memory recall, concentration, reasoning skills, mental arithmetic, and lateral thinking all become impaired.

Research suggests that longer-term sleep deprivation can also increase the risk to your physical health and may contribute to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Chronic tiredness can also make you much more accident prone. It has been linked with depression and weight problems, and it worsens other mood related problems like anxiety and stress.

Common symptoms of insomnia/sleep problems may include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Waking up during the night with difficulty getting back to sleep again
  • Waking too early in the morning
  • Feeling unrefreshed after waking
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • General tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration
  • Memory problems

For many people, the start of their sleep problems follows a major life stress, a build up of anxiety, or a disruption of some kind. Major life stress can include a death of a loved one, moving home, loss of employment, change of job, relationship problems, traumatic events, financial problems, a physical illness, exam stress, birth of a child etc. Insomnia is also a common symptom of some short term or longer term chronic mental issues such as anxiety or depression.

Common causes of insomnia/sleep problems can include:

  • Major life stress such as a change or loss of job, a death, divorce, moving home
  • Illness
  • Emotional discomfort
  • Worrying about sleep
  • Depression
  • Traumatic events (PTSD, C-PTSD)
  • Anxiety/Worry
  • Chronic stress
  • Health concerns
  • Physical pain
  • Environmental factors like noise, light or extreme temperatures
  • Certain medicines
  • Switching from a day to night shift
  • Jet lag
  • Exercising or eating too close to bedtime
  • Coffee, energy drinks, or recreational drugs

Initially, people will often find they can’t get to sleep because their mind is racing at a hundred miles an hour with thoughts about their problems. After a period of poor sleep, people can also become concerned about how well they will sleep, or how well they will cope if they don’t sleep. They now have two problems, the original problem, and the problem with sleeping to worry about. This is often enough to start the worry cycle.

Anxiety Cycle

For the majority of people with insomnia, it is the worry about your inability to sleep, and how you will cope the next day, that becomes a major factor in maintaining your insomnia and keeping you awake. This is because worry, stress and anxiety are part of the fight or flight response, which triggers the release of stress-related hormones, which stimulate both your body and mind into alertness and action. The more you worry about not sleeping, the more stress hormones your body releases, and because your mind and body are now highly stimulated, it becomes very difficult to get to sleep. Even if you get off to sleep, the stress, worry and anxiety can cause broken and poor quality sleep leaving you feeling unrefreshed in the morning.

During the day you feel exhausted, and this, of course, can cause you to worry even more about not sleeping. As you didn’t sleep well the previous night, you will most likely find yourself thinking about whether you will sleep tonight, and so you inadvertently restart the worry cycle all over again and end up not sleeping for a further night. This very quickly develops into a self-sustaining worry cycle which can persist long after the original cause of the sleep problem has gone.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard

Due to the way worry, anxiety and stress function, it is difficult to control them head-on. It is natural for us to try to rationalise our way out of our problems, but all that does is add even more mental activity, which simply keeps you awake. You’ve probably already tried that approach and failed miserably.

“The tree that does not bend with the wind will be broken by the wind”
Chinese proverb

Usually, the more you think about and try to control your sleep, the worse it actually gets! I wonder if you could you imagine just how useful it would be for you to learn new and different ways to think and react so that your insomnia just faded away and no longer seemed a problem?

When you are committed to making the inner changes you need to manage your sleep, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.


Sleep Disorders

Many sleep disorders are purely psychological in nature or have biological and psychological elements. As a psychotherapist, I am able to help you with the psychological aspects of your sleep disorder.

Unless you can directly link the start of your sleep problems to a specific cause such as job loss, financial problems, bereavement, stress etc. you should discuss your symptoms with your doctor first so that a full medical assessment can be made.


Characterised by disturbances in the quantity, quality, or timing of the sleep.

  • Insomnia (Primary, Secondary, Transient, Acute and Chronic)
  • Hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Breathing-Related Sleep Disorder
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder


These are unusual or abnormal activities that take place during sleep. The sufferer may be unaware of the unusual behaviour, and it is usually a partner or family member that alerts them to the problem.

  • Night Terror Disorder
  • Sleepwalking Disorder
  • Sleeptalking
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • REM Sleep Disorder
  • Night Sweats

“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”
Henry Ford

The Insomnia Treatment

Help with Insomnia

You will need to attend a number of weekly sessions to resolve your insomnia. Typically 6 to 18 weekly one hour sessions are usually enough.  Do expect to attend at least a few sessions before you start to see results, as there are many concepts to understand and techniques to practice.

Insomnia can also be a very common symptom of other psychological conditions, some of which may have more complex causes and be more deep-rooted. Conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, developmental traumas, or complicated grief will usually require much longer psychological therapy which should also resolve insomnia.

The treatment combines various helpful approaches and is highly tailored to your unique individual requirements. So the exact form of treatment and number of sessions will vary from person to person.

A combination of approaches is effective when dealing with sleep issues:

  • Psychological interventions such as psychotherapy, counselling, CBT, EMDR, NLP & hypnotherapy
  • Helps you change your thoughts, behaviours and emotional responses:
    • Helps you work through psychological issues that may be contributing to your insomnia, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, stress, bereavement etc.
    • Helps you to change how you think about sleep and insomnia, so that your worries about it don’t maintain or worsen the problem.
    • Helps to positively change your perceptions of past events and future worries.
    • Helps to disassemble the negative feedback loops, and self-reinforcing and self-sustaining aspects of the anxiety and worry cycle so that you can quieten your mind and body and get to sleep.
    • Building your self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence so you worry less.
    • Changing limiting beliefs.
    • Changing your perceptions of others, and what you think they think of you, so you worry less.
    • Change what you feel about yourself and your abilities.
    • Learn emotional state management.
  • Sleep Education
    • Provide information about sleep, such as the quantity and quality needed, the biology of sleep, the sleep cycle, and possible causes of sleep disruption etc.
    • Often a better understanding can help reduce anxiety and help you to begin to make positive changes to your sleep patterns.
  • Sleep Hygiene Education
    • Sleep hygiene refers to your bedtime routines, and the various behavioural and environmental factors that can influence your sleep. Managing these can help improve both the duration and quality of your sleep.
    • Our sleep/awake patterns are part of our circadian rhythm (our body clock) and are regulated by the hypothalmus. This can be influenced by a number of external factors, including exposure to daylight/darkness, meal times, certain types of food and drink, temperature, exercise and other environmental factors and activities.
    • Making adjustments to routines surrounding our sleep can therefore help entrain a more healthy natural circadian rhythm.
  • Sleep Restriction
    • Managing when you go to bed and when you get out of bed, in order to begin to gradually retrain healthy sleep patterns.
    • Limiting the activities in bed just to sleeping or relaxing. The bed and ideally the bedroom, should not be associated with any stimulating activity.
  • Mental & Physical Relaxation
    • Learn ways to physically and mentally relax/ground/centre yourself and be more mindful.
    • Helps to quieten a racing mind and a tense body. Which reduces stress and anxiety, and therefore lowers stress-related hormones which can interfere with sleep.

Reduce Insomnia and Improve your sleep | sleep manchester | insomnia manchesterA stepped approach to the treatment is used, which combines sleep education, mental and physical relaxation training, mindfulness, psychotherapy, counselling, CBT, EMDR, Somatic therapies, NLP and clinical hypnotherapy which are individually recognised as effective ways of helping people change their behaviours and perceptions. I’m sure you can imagine the benefits of combining these powerful techniques.

I am a professional qualified and experienced Integrative Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Hypno-psychotherapist, Life Coach, and a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner. I combine all my skills and experience to produce a treatment that is tailored to your needs.

The Insomnia treatment is available at the Manchester city centre practice, and also online through Zoom.

(See the consultation fees page for short-term therapy session prices.)

When you are committed to making the inner changes you need to learn about, manage and take control your insomnia, simply phone me on 07463 542368 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

When considering the rest of your life, what value do you place on your well-being?

I offer online scheduling for Sleep and Insomnia Counselling

Booking is easy

NOTE: Before booking it is very important that you get your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or doctor, as insomnia or sleep problems can sometimes be symptoms of other conditions.

I recommend booking an Initial Consultation/Assessment Session first. This gives us the chance to begin to explore your issues and your requirements further, give you honest answers to any questions you might have, give you a realistic estimate of the number of sessions you may require and begin the process of change.

I practice from a consulting room in Manchester City Centre, near Piccadilly Gardens and the Northern Quarter.

When you are ready to make the inner changes you need, simply phone me on 07463 542368 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

If you can’t travel to me then I am available for online therapy and coaching via Skype.

I offer online scheduling in Manchester

Corporate Work

My services can also be combined and tailored to your group or corporate needs, and range from EAP (Employee Assistance Programme – one to one therapy, counselling or coaching sessions) through to bespoke group training, workshops, and outdoor activities and retreats.


Nigel Magowan, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, EMDR, Advanced Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Life Coach, CBT

Nigel Magowan
UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist, BACP Registered Psychotherapist / Counsellor, EMDR Therapist, Life Coach, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, Ecotherapist, Accredited Supervisor and CLinical Hypnotherapist

Member of the Society of NLP UKCP and BACP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor PSA 099216 logo Anxiety UK Approved Therapist in Manchester

Clients come to me from all over the North West of England, see below for some of areas covered:

Greater Manchester: Chorlton ~ Didsbury ~ Fallowfield ~ Flixton ~ Eccles ~ Irlam ~ Salford ~ Swinton ~ Pendlebury ~ Worsley ~ Walkden ~ Cadishead ~ Bury ~ Farnworth ~ Little Lever ~ Kearsley ~ Wardley ~ Monton ~ Orrel ~ Barton ~ Boothstown ~ Dumplington ~ Baguley ~ Burnage ~ Blackley ~ Beswick ~ Clayton ~ Crumpsall ~ Levenshulme ~ Longsight ~ Northenden ~ Rusholme ~ Sharston ~ Withington ~ Woodhouse Park ~ Wythenshawe ~ Westhoughton ~ Blackrod ~ Kearsley ~ Horwich ~ Prestwich ~ Ramsbottom ~ Radcliffe ~ Tottington ~ Whitefield ~ Whalley Range ~ Carrington ~ Victoria Park ~ Old Trafford ~ Cheetham Hill ~ Tameside ~ Ashton under Lyme ~ Denton ~ Reddish ~ Stalybridge ~ Hyde ~ Royton ~ Saddleworth ~ Heywood ~ Littleborough ~ Castleton ~ Milnrow ~ Middleton ~ Wardle ~ Wigan ~ Ashton-in-Makerfield ~ Golborne ~ Billinge ~ Winstanley ~ Leigh ~ Standish.

North Trafford: Davyhulme ~ Firswood ~ Flixton ~ Gorse Hill ~ Lostock ~ Old Trafford ~ Stretford ~ Trafford Park ~ Urmston.

South Trafford: Altrincham ~ Ashton-on-Mersey ~ Bowdon ~ Broadheath ~ Brooklands ~ Carrington ~ Dunham Massey ~ Hale ~ Hale Barns ~ Oldfield Brow ~ Partington ~ Sale ~ Sale Moor ~ Timperley ~ Warburton ~ West Timperley.

Stockport: Adswood ~ Bramhall ~ Bredbury ~ Brinnington ~ Cheadle ~ Cheadle Hulme ~ Compstall ~ Davenport ~ Gatley ~ Heaton Moor ~ Heaton Norris ~ Heaton Chapel ~ Heaton Mersey ~ Hazel Grove ~ Heald Green ~ Heavily ~ High Lane ~ Marple ~ Offerton ~ Poynton ~ Reddish ~ Romiley.

Cheshire: Alderley Edge ~ Adlington ~ Ashley ~ Bucklow Hill ~ Handforth Dean ~ High Legh ~ Knutsford ~ Mere ~ Mobberley ~ Ollerton ~ Plumley ~ Tatton ~ Pickmere ~ Wilmslow ~ Warburton ~ Woodford ~ Lymm ~ Dunham ~ Massey ~ Chester ~ Crewe ~ Northwich ~ Daresbury ~ Warington ~ Winsford ~ Widnes ~ Wirral ~ Nantwich ~ Sandbach ~ Middlewich ~ Congleton ~ Alsager ~ Macclesfield ~ Prestbury ~ Goostrey ~ Pickmere ~ Mottram St.Andrew ~ Mobberley ~ Chelford ~ Tytherington ~ Bollington ~ Alsager ~ Tarporley ~ Davenham ~ Great Appleton Thorn ~ Budworth ~ Little Budworth ~ Frodsham ~ Holmes Chape ~ High Legh ~ Disley ~ Grappenhall ~ Appleton ~ Croft ~ Thelwall ~ Penketh ~ Glazebury ~ Winwick ~ Culcheth ~ Saint Helens ~ Over Peover ~ Lower Peover ~ Church Lawton ~ Cranage ~ Stockton Heath.

Cumbria ~ Lancashire ~ Merseyside ~ Derbyshire ~ Staffordshire ~ Peak District ~ North Wales ~ North West.

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Therapy Services

Integrative Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Informed Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
AF-EMDR (Attachment-Focused EMDR)
Somatic Therapy
Clinical Supervision
DBT Skills
Life Coaching
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Ericksonian Hypno-psychotherapy
Online Therapy via Zoom / Skype
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
Open Public Workshops
Corporate Workshops and Training
Closed Group Ecotherapy Workshops
Ecotherapy / Nature-based Therapy
Outdoor Nature-therapy Retreats

Contact Details

Nigel Magowan
UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist
Registered Member of the BACP
EMDR Therapist
UKCP Approved Clinical Supervisor
Accredited Therapist Member of Anxiety UK

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Inner Changes Psychotherapy
Piccadilly House
49 Piccadilly
M1 2AP
Phone: 07463 542368 (Manchester City Centre)

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