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.
Dr Ashworth completed a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Monash University and a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences 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 has struggled with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder himself when younger, and also worked night and shift work for a number of years while studying at university.
He understands the impact that not sleeping can have on mood, energy levels, concentration, appetite and motivation, and has decided to become the sleep detective to show you how scientific principles can be applied to help you to get a great night’s sleep.
Dr Ashworth applies all of the knowledge that he has learnt throughout his research and personal experimentation with sleep to help clients who seek a greater understanding of their sleep difficulties as well as strategies to improve their sleep.