Hi I’m Rachel Greaves

Sleep is fundamental to life and many of us – babies, children and adults do not get enough of it!

We all recognise how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep, how much easier we find our social interactions and how much more enjoyable our work and play is. This is true for our children too.

Reading a book or trying a different parenting style is not easy when you are exhausted and desperate for your child to settle and stay asleep.

I use established evidenced based methods suited to your family style which work with your child’s natural sleep pattern.

”A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”

Irish Proverb

How I work

I use a detailed questionnaire and sleep diary via email in conjunction with a home visit or telephone consultation to identify key aspects of your child’s sleep you wish to change.

Working alongside you as a parent we tailor make a detailed plan covering all aspects of the bedtime time routine and how to respond to your child during the day and night. I use gentle methods to help your child feel secure in the environment you wish them to sleep in. By understanding your child’s sleep cycle at different stages of their development we can promote and encourage longer and more restorative sleep day and night.

I incorporate elements of motivational interviewing and the cycle of change to help you identify what aspects of your families sleep you wish to address. Please see below for a more detailed explanation.

Rachel’s Profile

Rachel’s approach is based on taking a holistic assessment of the client and the sleep problem.

Rachel then uses techniques and principles from Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to identify strategies for better sleep.

Rachel has a through knowledge of the mechanisms of sleep and educates her clients to better understand how they can help themselves also.

Rachel’s methodology uses active listening, behaviour change and motivational interviewing skills to support the client in making changes. Working in partnership with the client, Rachel then identifies any barriers to making change. Rachel supports the client or family compassionately and non-judgmentally to achieve better sleep.

Rachel has over 22 years experience in the NHS, as a biomedical scientist, midwife and public health nurse. As a previous foster Rachel has a special interest in working with children with attachment difficulties and anxieties. Over her career Rachel has worked successfully with many families to achieve a better night’s sleep.

Rachel is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, a member of the Royal College of Nursing and a member of the British Sleep Society. She is also accredited as a practitioner with the Children’s Sleep Charity.

Rachel is passionate about the benefits of sleep to mental and physical well-being and believes that an inability to sleep is a cause rather than a symptom of ill-health.

Rachel is able to help most sleep problems in a one-off 2-hour session. For on-going support or complex problems 3 hourly sessions is usually sufficient.