An Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Adults With Migraine: A Feasibility Study

Timo Klan, Eva Liesering-Latta, Charly Gaul, Paul R. Martin, Michael Witthöft

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Objective: To present a novel cognitive behavioral therapy program that was developed exclusively for adults with migraine, and to assess the feasibility of this program. Background: Unlike previous efforts, we combined different approaches of behavioral therapy into one program: relaxation therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trigger management. Methods: The treatment program consists of 7 sessions (including psychoeducation, lifestyle counseling, coping with fear of attacks, trigger management, and stress management). The research was conducted in a single-group study with N = 9 completers (age: M = 41.6, SD = 17.6 years; N = 8 female, N = 1 male; N = 5 migraine without aura, N = 2 migraine with aura, N = 2 chronic migraine). After each of the group therapy sessions, evaluation questionnaires were filled out, and individual qualitative interviews were conducted after completion of the program. Results: The treatment program was very well accepted. Every session was rated as comprehensible, and overall satisfaction with the sessions was high. Participants greatly appreciated having access to a specific treatment, exclusively addressing migraine. Conclusions: The idea of combining several approaches of behavioral therapy into a specific treatment program for migraine seems to be feasible and promising. A randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of our program is currently running.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-755
Number of pages15
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • behavioral therapy
  • feasibility study
  • migraine
  • treatment

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