Doreen Gagne

A CRNP in Severna Park, Maryland

Doreen Gagne is a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) in the State of Maryland, holding additional certification as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as an otorhinolaryngology/head and neck nurse through the Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses. Over the course of her nursing career, she has served as a nurse practitioner with Summit ENT and Hearing Services in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Doctors Gehris, Jordan, Day and Associates in Bel Air, Maryland. Since 2014, Doreen Gagne has diagnosed and treated sleep disorders as a CRNP at Chesapeake Sleep Physicians in Fallston, Maryland.

Outside of her work as a clinical practitioner, Ms. Gagne has educated the next generation of health care providers as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Maryland’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is currently exploring a professional interest in clinical trials, in preparation for a potential expansion into the medical research field.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Since earning her master’s in nursing from the University of Maryland in 2001, Doreen Gagne, CRNP, has amassed 15 years of experience as a nurse practitioner. In 2014 and 2015, she expanded her education through study at the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology and the University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program. Today, Doreen Gagne, CRNP, works as a family nurse practitioner in Fallston, Maryland, where her job duties include counseling patients on cognitive behavioral therapy to treat chronic insomnia.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an awareness-based, goal-directed psychotherapy treatment that aims to change the thought patterns and behaviors underlying many difficulties people face. It is effective in treating a range of personal issues, including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is patient-specific, and an individual’s treatment plan may depend upon the underlying cause of his or her insomnia. Treatment commonly includes the use of a sleep diary to monitor sleep patterns and help customize the treatment plan. Common therapeutic techniques include improvement of the sleep environment by eliminating distractions that inhibit sleep; relaxation training through the use of meditative techniques to quiet the mind before sleep; improvement of sleep hygiene by changing negative habits that can impede sleep; stimulus control therapy, which involves training the mind to sleep under set conditions; and sleep restriction, which entails reducing sleep time, thereby causing sleep deprivation and ultimately increased tiredness.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can help eliminate the need for sleeping pills and ultimately provide long-term relief by addressing the underlying, often psychosomatic causes of insomnia and not just the symptoms.