Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

As of Spring 2021, the SHIP program is again offering group cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) via telemedicine.  Our group and others have published studies showing that group CBTI is an effective treatment for insomnia.  Group treatment has several advantages over individual treatment, including the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences in treatment and having support from your peers while you are improving your sleep.

Upcoming CBTI Groups

We are currently enrolling patients in a telehealth (zoom) CBTI group that will start in late October!

Time: 9-10:30am

Leader: Kate Kaplan, PhD

Meeting dates: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13

Our next CBTI group will be a Tuesday 8pm group that will likely start in January.


We understand that decisions regarding your health and heath care choices are important ones.  We have included a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) list below in an effort to provide more information about group CBTI to help inform your decision. 

Questions about insurance coverage and out of pocket costs can be addressed by our New Patient Coordinators (650-498-9111 x2). Additional questions can be addressed by a SHIP team member at (650) 724-2915

CBTI Groups - Frequently Asked Questions

What is CBTI?

CBTI is a short-term, skills based treatment for insomnia.  It has been proven to be very effective.  CBTI has been identified as the first-line treatment of chronic insomnia by multiple major medical associations nationally and internationally. In CBTI, you will learn how your body regulates sleep, what interferes with your ability to sleep well, and strategies to help you sleep better.  We also spend time preparing you to maintain your improved sleep into the future.

Is group CBTI effective?

Yes.  Our group and others have published studies showing the group format CBTI is an effective treatment for insomnia.

What about confidentiality?

We take confidentiality very seriously.  In the first group meeting, we ask each group member to be respectful of others’ privacy and to commit to only share about their own experiences outside of the group meetings.  We do not allow audio or video recordings of the group.

What happens if I have not met my treatment goals at the end of the group?

If this occurs, the group leader will meet with you to discuss the possibility of additional individual treatment sessions to help you meet your goals.

If I do not like the group, then what?

We want the treatment you are receiving to be a good fit for you.  If you have any concerns about group participation, we encourage you to speak to your group leader to discuss alternative options.

What happens if I need to miss a group meeting?

If you need to miss a group meeting, we will arrange for you to meet briefly with the group leader or psychology fellow to cover the treatment content you missed and refine your treatment recommendations if needed. 

The first and second group meetings are particularly important for setting you up for successful treatment.  If you know in advance that you will have to miss either of these meetings, we recommend for you to select another treatment option.  Similarly,  we do not recommend enrolling in a group where you know in advance that you will need to miss more than one group meeting.