Join one of our Migraine Community Groups across the USA.

Limited to 15 people per location

See upcoming dates below.

Please Note

If you haven't attended any of the earlier sessions, don’t worry. You can watch the first video in the series (Session 1) via a Zoom webinar.  The meeting facilitator will email or call you with instructions on how and when to access the first video. 

After you've viewed Session 1, you'll have a good understanding of how the Migraine Community Groups work and how it will benefit you.

Joining in

If you plan to attend future sessions in person you'll receive a hard copy of the Discussion Guide.  However, you should still watch the first video so you can get up to speed when you arrive at the next meeting.

If you can't make future sessions and plan to watch online, the facilitator will provide you with a link to join those sessions and  interact with others attending the group. 

Philadelphia, PA

When:  11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26

6:00 – 7:30pm

Where: Jefferson Headache Center

900 Walnut St #200, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Facilitator - Caryn Seebach, PhD

Dr. Seebach is a health psychologist with a specialization in the behavioral management of chronic pain. She received her M.S. in Clinical Counseling and Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.  

She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and completed her predoctoral training with a specialization in Health Psychology at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

She has several additional specializations in mind/body medicine including a Post-Masters Certificate in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching by Duke University, and she is a level I iRest yoga nidra meditation practitioner.

Host - Constance Worthington-Kirsch

Philadelphia, PA

Washington, DC

When: 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5 (4 sessions)

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where: Med Star Health @ Chevy Chase

1st Floor, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Facilitator - Philip R. Appel, PhD, FASCH

Philip Appel, PhD, Director Emeritus of Psychological and Neuropsychological Services, now Senior Resource Clinician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine has been with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network since 1987, working with individuals who experience persistent pain that interferes with their performance and obtaining quality of life. Dr. Appel works to help individuals adjust to the life challenges that are brought on by disability and chronic illness or injury. Self-hypnosis, guided imagery, relaxation, and meditative techniques are all used to provide the individual with a greater awareness of self and ability to regulate performance and influence desired outcome.

Dr. Appel obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,  his M.S. at Boston University, and his PhD from the United States International University in 1983. He completed his clinical internship at Walter Reed  Army Medical Center. He also completed his Post-Doctoral Training Institute in Hypnosis at Maryland Psychological Association Foundation in 1987.

Dr. Appel has written extensively about the use of hypnosis in enhancing performance in rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a past president of that organization, is listed in the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology, he has a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and is licensed in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Appel specializes in pain management, adjustment to illness, injury and disability, behavioral medicine, consultations, performance enhancement, and executive health coaching.

Philip R. Appel, PhD, FASCH
Pain Psychologist
Senior Resource Clinician
Director Emeritus
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Host - Eileen Brewer

Washington, DC

Buffalo, NY

When:  11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 (4 sessions)

6:00pm – 7:30pm EST

Where: DENT Neurological Institute

3980 Sheridan Dr, 1st Floor, Amherst, NY, USA

Facilitator - Sarah A. Bonk MSW

Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Buffalo State College in 2012. She has also earned a Master of Social Work from the University at Buffalo in 2018. With over five years of experience in crisis intervention Sarah works to provide diversion services for those experiencing a mental health crisis. As a certified Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Mental Health Instructor Sarah trains police officers to respond to individuals in crisis. Sarah also works as a private therapist with a strong focus on those who have experienced trauma, first responders and problematic sexual behavior. Sarah has her basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training and is working towards becoming an EMDR certified therapist.

Host - Nancy Harris Bonk

DENT Neurological Institute

Chicago, IL

When:  10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10 (4 sessions)

4:00pm – 5:30pm CST

Where: Diamond Headache Clinic

Diamond Headache Unit – 9th Floor, 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60657

Facilitator - Andrew Beatty Psy. D

Director, Behavioral Medicine, Diamond Inpatient Headache Unit, Saint Joseph Hospital

Dr. Beatty graduated from Augustana College with a double major in psychology and sociology. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Isaac Ray Center/Cermak Health Services of Cook County.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association.

Dr. Beatty specializes in health psychology and provides individual therapy, group therapy, and neuropsychological assessment to patients and their families. He helps patients understand the psychological correlates of headache pain and works to empower patients who have chronic headaches by helping them develop coping mechanisms to better manage their pain and advocate for themselves.

Dr. Beatty holds academic appointments at Midwestern University/Behavioral Medicine Department and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Host - Jacqueline Fernandez

Diamond Headache Clinic

San Francisco, CA

When: 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20

6:30pm – 8:00pm PST

Where: UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion

1600 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Facilitator - Valerie W. Jackson, PhD, MPH

Valerie W. Jackson, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Medical Center.  Dr. Jackson specializes in pain management and barriers to care including stigma.

She completed her fellowship in Pain Management at Stanford University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University.  Dr. Jackson also has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and is a licensed Biofeedback practitioner.

She has expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness interventions.

Host - Silvia Zamudio

San Francisco, CA

Community groups will be held for people with migraine and your caregivers in five cities this year. Free registration is provided on a first come first serve basis.

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