“SEEDS for Success” is a plan for self-care, which headache specialists often advise their patients on at the beginning of treatment, as a form of patient education or counseling. SEEDS is a mnemonic used to describe the behavioral or lifestyle modifications that a patient may want or need to make in areas of Sleep, Exercise, Eating, Diary (formerly Drinking), and Stress, in order to better manage their migraine or headaches, particularly if the patient has chronic pain.
While there are a small percentage of people who “fake” or “exaggerate” their pain, the mere suggestion that psychotherapy can help you heal or be more responsive to your medical treatments does not imply that I believe you are one of them. My belief in psychotherapy being beneficial in treating migraine and chronic pain is based on research and experience in treating clients who have experienced both.
I understand that it adds an additional layer of pain, not just psychologically and emotionally, but also physically when a person, especially someone who you have put your trust in, doesn’t believe you. Even our understanding of pain and the current definition of pain that the medical field is using demonstrates the real lack of empathy, compassion, and understanding that a person who experiences migraine and chronic pain feels when they hear it. I can make no guarantees that the work that we do together will work. But, I can tell you that I have helped many people experience less pain and feel more at peace, even when they are in pain, as a result of our work together.
Pain is unique and specific based upon each person, so the correlation between trauma and pain is not universal. For example, physical trauma can cause headaches and other chronic pain to start. A person may also experience unconscious conflicts related to the original physical trauma that, if left unresolved, can exacerbate the pain and leave the person unable to respond to the medical treatments provided. A clinician may have no history of migraine or chronic pain until after a few years of working with victims of trauma. Yet, the clinician may ultimately end up with debilitating chronic migraine because he or she was reminded of his or her own trauma (e.g. childhood sexual abuse) that was left untreated.
None of these scenarios are situations that would lead me to believe that a person’s pain is not real. Rather it would help to show how trauma may be related to that person’s level or frequency of pain and how psychotherapy may be able to help a person who is experiencing migraine or chronic pain. Medical treatments may need to be used in combination with psychotherapy during treatment and thereafter. But, the person’s ability to respond to medical treatment is typically enhanced by his or her participation in psychotherapy.
If you do not already have access to this course through your doctor, you will need to schedule an initial one-hour consultation with me through BOOK A CALL. If I determine during the initial consult, that the course is necessary or will add value to your treatment, I will provide you with a code for you to access the course.