Dr Alexandra Metse
BPsych (hons), PhD (clin psychol)
Alex sees adolescents (15+) and adults via Telehealth Only.
I love working with adolescents and adults. I enjoy fostering a friendly and supportive relationship that helps people to better understand their sleep and develop strategies to bring about positive change. I am passionate about helping people to improve their well-being and quality of life through improving their sleep. I understand the important interplay between physical and psychological health, indeed this was a large focus of my PhD research.
I primarily use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) when assisting people with insomnia and poor sleep. I enjoy working with children, teenagers and adults to help them establish a healthy sleep pattern. This might involve establishing more helpful routines around sleep, implementing relaxation strategies, managing a busy mind, reducing stress, establishing a healthy life balance, or working to reduce nighttime fears.
In addition to insomnia I also work with:
- Circadian Rhythm problems such as Delayed Sleep Phase / Advanced Sleep Phase
- Recurrent nightmares
- Overreliance on sleep medication
- Difficulty relaxing into sleep (overthinking, feeling too alert, tense etc)
- Sleep difficulties such as nighttime fears, separation anxiety, and behavioural problems at bedtime
- Daytime fatigue
- Mood, stress, and anxiety problems that impact on sleep
In terms of qualifications and training, I completed my undergraduate and doctoral qualifications at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. For a number of years post-university, I worked in a primary mental health care setting where I had the pleasure of working with people across all ages with an array of clinical presentations.
My PhD research was in the area of public health and focussed on assisting adults with mental illness to improve their physical health through reducing chronic disease risk behaviours, such as tobacco use. Since completing the PhD, my research interests have broadened to include assessing and treating suboptimal sleep in the Australian population. Sleep of inadequate/excessive duration or poor quality, is associated with significant preventable illness and death, worldwide. A large literature identifies suboptimal sleep as a risk factor for physical health conditions including cancer, obesity, heart disease, hypertension and stroke; and a bidirectional relationship between suboptimal sleep and mental health symptoms. It is therefore an important health behaviour to consider in all physical and mental health treatment. My research activity and publications can be accessed here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexandra_Metse