Dr. Janet Kennedy is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of sleep disturbances at all ages. She began treating adults with sleep disorders in 2003 at the Manhattan VA hospital, where she developed the multi-site Sleep Disorders Treatment program. In 2008, she opened NYC Sleep Doctor to offer this hard-to-find treatment to the general public and to begin working with families to resolve children's sleep issues.
With adults, Dr. Kennedy uses CBT-I, a short-term, clinically proven treatment for insomnia, helping her clients reclaim their sleep and stop relying on medication. This treatment is typically effective in 4-8 sessions.
Dr. Kennedy also works with parents to resolve children's sleep issues. She provides home visit evaluations for parents of infants and toddlers, devising tailored treatment plans and following up with email and phone support. For parents of older kids, Dr. Kennedy provides consultation and treatment planning services, which may involve referrals to other specialized professionals. She is also the author of "The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You)."
In addition to her sleep-focused work, Dr. Kennedy also provides CBT, ACT and insight-oriented therapy for a broad range of diagnostic issues where sleep is not necessarily a primary concern. And some sleep clients opt to extend treatment to work on broader underlying issues of anxiety, mood, life transitions, relationships, etc. once sleep has improved.
Dr. Kennedy is happy to work with other providers--psychopharmacologists, other therapists, primary care physicians, sleep medicine specialists--in consultation to provide comprehensive care.