CME Course Catalog

Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Insomnia

Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1 hour)
Price: $47

Course Description

According to the Anxiety and Depression Organization of America approximately 19% of people in the United States currently experience anxiety disorders. Recent studies confirm that the cost burden of anxiety disorders is more than $42 billion a year. The World Health Organization states that anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental health disorders in the world. Also, about 25% of Americans per year experience insomnia.

As medical professionals, we are aware that we need better answers for the poor response rates to conventional treatments. Psychopharmacology does work well for some patients, but too many are left with significant ongoing symptoms or intolerable side effects.  Many patients respond well to supplements in order to suppress symptoms without the drawbacks of withdrawal, rebound and other unpleasant side effects. We will explore the medical studies, including indications and dosing, to better understand the best practice for using inositol, NAC, L-theanine, Oxytocin, 5HTP, GABA, and Tryptophan for anxiety and insomnia.

Psychotherapy can be effective, but without an integrative framework it can also fall short.  Using an integrative approach, you’ll learn to help your anxious patients get empowered, feel better, and get to the root of the problem. 

Learning Objectives

  • The rising prevalence of anxiety and insomnia in modern society
  • Statistics highlighting where the limitations of conventional treatment exist
  • How an integrative approach addresses the root causes of anxiety and insomnia
  • A go-to list of nutraceuticals to treat anxiety and insomnia
  • Dosing, side effects and contraindications of nutraceutical interventions
  • Case studies and research detailing the benefits of integrative methods

CME/CE Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Integrative Psychiatric Institute. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In order to obtain your CME credit for this course, you will need to take and pass the CME quiz and complete a CME evaluation after watching the video. The quiz will be linked under the video. The Evaluation will follow automatically. If the quiz is passed, you will be prompted to download your CME certificate immediately after.

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Will Van Derveer, MD

Will Van Derveer, MD is Co-Founder of Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI). He co-created IPI as an expression of what he stands for. First, that anyone can heal, and second that we medical providers must embrace our own healing journeys in order to fully command our potency as healers. Dr. Van Derveer spent the last 20 years innovating and testing a comprehensive approach to addressing psychiatric challenges which transcends the conventional model he learned in medical school at Vanderbilt University and residency at University of Colorado, while deeply engaging his own healing path.

He founded the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center in 2001 in Boulder, CO, where he currently practices. Dr. Van Derveer regards unresolved emotional trauma as the most significant root cause of psychiatric symptoms in integrative psychiatry practice, along with gut issues, hormone imbalances, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other functional medicine challenges. He is trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and other psychotherapy techniques. His current clinical passion is psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, which he mentors interested doctors in providing. An avid meditator, he has been a meditation instructor since 2004.