About


Dr Damon Ashworth is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in treating sleep disorders. This is primarily Chronic Insomnia, but he also assists people with Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders (advance or delayed sleep phase disorder), Hypersomnia, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Parasomnias including sleep talking, sleep walking, nighttime hallucinations, nightmares and night terrors.

He works as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice at the Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre and with Victorian Counselling & Psychological Services. In these roles he also helps individuals with depression, anxiety, work, study or life stress, relationship or communication difficulties, substance abuse or other addiction concerns, grief or adjustment difficulties, trauma, chronic health problems and lack of energy, purpose or motivation.

Dr Ashworth completed a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Monash University and a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours at La Trobe University.

His Doctoral research was a randomised clinical trial that significantly reduced the insomnia and depression severity of participants across only four sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

These promising findings were published in the Journal of Counselling Psychology, and were the first in the world to show that CBT-I can significantly improve both mood and sleep in individuals who have previously failed to improve through antidepressant treatment.

Dr Ashworth applies all of the knowledge that he has learnt throughout his research, studies and personal experiences to help clients who seek a greater understanding of their difficulties as well as strategies to improve their psychological health and well-being.

Dr Ashworth has a specific interest in Health Psychology, and has worked with Caulfield Rehabilitation Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in helping people adjust to and cope with serious and chronic physical conditions.

He is also interested in trauma-focused Psychology, and has experience in treating trauma based symptoms in war-veterans and other individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Dr Ashworth takes a client-centred approach to treatment, and aims to reduce distress and improve well-being in clients whilst helping them to achieve their goals.

He practice mostly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework, but also utilise Existential, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Humanistic, and Positive Psychology principles where clients will benefit from such approaches.

Dr Ashworth is passionate about the field of Psychology, and always aims to apply the latest empirical findings to best help individuals meet their psychological and emotional needs.

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for taking an interest in my blog. Looking quickly through a few of your posts, I wonder if you subscribed to ‘findings’ (findings.org.uk) – this brings together the best evidence in tackling substance misuse with regular updates, but much of the evidence has relevance across psychology and helping professions. If you don’t know it, I would strongly recommend that you subscribe and explore the materials on the site. Best wishes.

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  2. I thank you for being so passionate about your work in areas that I struggle with as a healthcare consumer (aka patient, I am just not a big fan of that work). I wish there was easier and more affordable access to psychiatrists in Canada, yet it is also re-asssuring there are people like you out there pioneering the way in promoting well-being holistically. With gratitude, Harlon

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  3. Your blog is incredible! I’ve been reading a few of your posts, and I’m just honored that such a qualified clinical psychologist has followed my blog. Thank you so, so much and I wish the best for your career (fully knowing that a career in science is far from easy).

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  4. I am taking some time to peruse through some of your posts. I am currently working on my Master’s thesis. My specific interest is in forensic psychology and my thesis research is centered around correctional education and the role that it plays in recidivism. However, I have several other areas that I am interested in. Research on the link between insomnia and depression is intriguing. I have suffered from insomnia for many years. I may have to look for your article. It is nice to connect with you. Thanks for checking out my blog, as well.

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  5. Damon, Thank you for following me! I admire your areas of interest – I hope to collaborate​ with you in the future in my efforts to pursue in my field of interest in emotional​ regulations and cognition! Your doctoral thesis has caught my attention- I would love to take a peek at some of your works in CBT. Keep on posting, I look forward to reading more of your content! 🙂 All the best!

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  6. HI, Damon! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on 4 ways to boost your energy naturally with breakfast. I am enjoying my visit to your little corner of the blogosphere.

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  7. Thanks for the follow! This is so great because I’ve been considering what majors I want to go into in college recently and psychology was one of them! Lovely blog 🙂

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  8. HI, Damon! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Deep sleep reinforcing learning …I am enjoying my visit to yours. I envy you your youth and excellent pursuit of a life’s work. I am an old retired financial journalist who didn’t discover health writing till eight years ago. You have a wonderful head start on me! Best of luck!

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