“There is power inherent in committing yourself to the process of creating health in all levels of your life.” Christiane Northrup, M.D.
How does psychotherapy help?
The ways that seizures impact your life can be greatly helped through psychotherapy. Internal and external resources, such as support from family and friends, your work environment, financial stability, and a general sense of emotional well-being, all inform the quality of life you experience after being diagnosed with epilepsy and/or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
The loss of control over your body and/or mind and the unpredictability of seizures can have a significant emotional impact on your life.
As a person with a seizure disorder, you are most likely familiar with feelings of helplessness, depression, anxiety, loss of control, overwhelm, shame and guilt. You might feel as if you don’t fit in and have to depend on others for support and daily care. This is a lot to hold for any person, and is especially difficult to deal with when those feelings arise in addition to having seizures.
Dr. Moenter, as the lead clinician at the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy, can help.
Over the years, Dr. Moenter has helped many individuals and families to step out of the secrecy, shame, and fear often experienced as a result of their own or a family member’s seizure disorder.
In her work with individuals, couples, and families, Dr. Moenter supports and challenges each person in a life-affirming, person-centered, joyful, and mindful way. She will help you explore and transform the psychogenic challenges many individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and/or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures know quite intimately.
The Therapeutic Process
Psychotherapy is the recommended and best-validated approach to treating PNES, though it also has shown to be highly beneficial to individuals with epilepsy. The main focus of the therapeutic process at the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy is to help you master the skill of nervous system down-regulation. To learn more about the role an over-excited brain plays in seizures read blog post here.
Through your work together, Dr. Moenter will help you:
- Learn how to use mindfulness and self-awareness to create a more contemplative “seizure-friendly” lifestyle
- Identify pre-seizure warnings or aura, including subtle changes in your physiology, thought patterns, and feeling state
- Learn stress management techniques individualized to your lifestyle
- Reduce possible symptoms of PTSD, including hypervigilance, intrusive thoughts, feeling detached or dissociated, hypersensitivity, irritability or angry outbursts
- Explore ways to self-control seizures
- Identify emotional, behavioral, physiological, and environmental triggers
- Discover a greater quality of life while implementing a healthy lifestyle, including: exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, connection to nature, gardening, community, animal companions, independence, emotional health, and more
- Recognize and cope with feelings of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, shame, avoidance behavior, isolation and loneliness, and suicidal thoughts
- Explore the topic of relationship and epilepsy, including dating, sex, children, and independence
- Understand and integrate “strange experiences” such as visions and physical sensations, religious or psychic experiences, out-of body experiences, and more
- Family Members: Learn to cope with the various aspects of epilepsy
- Women and seizures: Learn how to cope with catamenial epilepsy
Healing happens on many levels: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. When you develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of seizures with other aspects of your life; both in your past and present, you enable true healing to begin.
Let’s explore and understand those influences and de-link them, so you can experience greater emotional freedom, joy, and confidence.