Gila Lindsley, Ph.D.

Dr. Lindsley has been a licensed psychologist since 1978. She works with teenagers and adults, couples and families. In the adult population, she is especially interested in working with women in transition, e.g. the woman who is having a new child, or entering a new marriage, or newly entering into divorce or separation, or who has recently experienced the onset of menopause. Dr. Lindsley has particular expertise and experience helping with depression, and providing tools to deal with stress.

Specifically for a teenage population, Dr. Lindsley has had a good deal of experience working with teen aged girls around issues having to do with social problems and questions (including boyfriend issues). Another area she spends a fair amount of time with for teenagers has to do with conflicts the teen might have with one or both parents, and the uproar that can create in a family - and how to help resolve these.

A particular area of sub-specialization for Dr. Lindsley is in the field of sleep medicine. She is accredited as a sleep specialist by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and is a member of the medical advisory board for a national group called the Narcolepsy Network. She is very experienced helping people deal both with problems of poor or insufficient sleep and with the opposite: having trouble staying alert during the daytime. Specific sleep problems she can help with include insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring, sleepwalking, unexplained daytime sleepiness or tiredness, and the sleep-wake difficulties shiftworkers have. There's another sleep-wake problem that she sees quite a bit of in teenagers. Going under the technical term "Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome", this sleep-wake problem is one in which the young person just can't seem to get to sleep at night - and then just can't seem to wake up in time for school in the morning. Exasperating for all concerned. She loves the challenge of figuring out exactly what is causing the problem, and then coming up with the best way of treating it. Sometimes, in order to figure out exactly what is creating the problem it might be necessary to get information from an overnight sleep study where a person's brain waves and breathing and heart rate and other kinds of biological information can be monitored. Under those circumstances, once she had read the record from the all night study, she will show you what she's found, write up a report for your doctor, and discuss with you how to proceed from that point.

Finally, Dr. Lindsley has written extensively and has extensive experience working with winter depression, which has come to be referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.