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.