Dr. Garland offers training workshops on the assessment and treatment of insomnia for a variety of professionals including nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, physicians, and physician assistants. She is also available to provide follow-up evaluation and consultation.
Please Note: Dr. Garland is not currently accepting referrals for new patients. We do not provide diagnostic services for sleep apnea.
In addition to her role as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Oncology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Director of the Sleep, Health, & Wellness laboratory, Dr. Sheila Garland is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She maintains a small private practice and has expertise in the treatment of insomnia and other sleep and mood disorders. She regularly works with individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families to manage the psychological effects of the cancer diagnosis and its treatment.
Dr. Garland received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary and worked with individuals with cancer and their families in the Department of Psychosocial Services at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She then completed a 3 year post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Integrative Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Behavioural sleep medicine (BSM) was recognized as a specialty by the American Psychological Association in 2013. Sleep psychology addresses behavioural, psychological, and physiological factors underlying normal and disordered sleep across the lifespan. Sleep psychologists develop, test, and apply evidence-based behavioural and psychological approaches to the prevention and treatment of sleep disorders.
Many BSM interventions are based on cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT). CBT is an empirically supported treatment and can be used effectively to treat a variety of sleep disorders. The behavioural aspect of CBT for sleep disorders focuses on ensuring that habits, behaviours, and the environment is conducive to getting a good night's sleep. The cognitive approach focuses on examining, managing, or modifying sleep interfering thoughts and beliefs that cause us to act in certain ways. Most CBT therapies for sleep disorders are brief, involving an evaluation and a limited number of treatment visits.
Psychosocial oncology is a specialty in and involves a whole-person approach to cancer care that addresses a range of human needs that can improve or optimize the best possible quality of life for individuals and their networks affected by cancer.
Psychosocial counselling provided to cancer patients and their families is helpful in alleviating emotional suffering and in assisting to confront and manage the many issues that arise during this difficult time. Interventions are evidence based and individually designed to help people cope with cancer from the initial stage of diagnosis, through their treatments, to adjust to post-treatment side effects, or in managing ongoing impacts. There are also specific approaches to assist those and their families to deal with metastatic disease and who receive palliative care.