Afra Moenter, PhD, MEd, LPC
Dr. Afra Moenter, founder and clinical director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy holds a simple vision in mind: To bring together clinicians and healthcare providers with diverse expertise to support individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and/or functional neurological symptoms (FNS).
A clinician at heart, Dr. Moenter believes in the healing power of connection. She has witnessed how a deep body-based psychotherapeutic process can be truly beneficial to individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and FNS leading to an increased quality of life, freedom of functional neurological symptoms and/or seizure reduction.
Through the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy, Dr. Moenter provides Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and respiratory biofeedback, to both individuals diagnosed with epilepsy or (P)NES and their friends and family. Dr. Moenter, based in her longstanding clinical experience, developed a treatment protocol for epilepsy and FNS which is based on the four foundations of body, mind, emotion, and consciousness. In addition, Dr. Moenter founded Project Seizure Free, an online psycho-educational course for individuals living with FNS. Dr. Moenter is currently in the process of developing a training program for psychotherapists and practitioners in the healing profession who are interested in supporting individuals with FNS.
Dr. Moenter has extensive experience in the realm of human psychology, psychotherapy, epilepsy and functional neurological symptoms, bringing over twenty-five years of experience and a wide variety of trainings to her work. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Sciences with a concentration in Psychology and a specialization in Neuropsychology, as well as a M.A. in Therapeutic Psychology.
Her therapeutic approach reflects the synthesis of various psychotherapeutic trainings that she has completed over the past 25 years:
- Gestalt therapy; a method of awareness which enables the client to focus on his/her experience in the present moment.
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Level II; a process that uses the body (rather than cognition or emotion) as a primary entry point into processing traumatic life-experiences.
- Hakomi Somatics; a psychotherapeutic approach based on the principle that mind and body jointly express and reflect deeply held, often unconscious beliefs about oneself and others.
- Trauma Dynamics, a psychotherapeutic method working specifically with individual, familial and cultural trauma.
Her doctoral research explored the causal relationship between complex partial epilepsy and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), shedding new light on psychotherapeutic approaches to support individuals diagnosed with epilepsy. You may download a free copy of her doctoral dissertation here.
Liz Long, LMT, RYT, NLRP
Liz is committed to supporting individuals diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorders (FND), incl. psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). She draws from six years of experience working in the realm of psychosomatic bodywork, focusing on chronic illness (such as lupus, hashimoto’s, crohn’s) and inflammatory conditions. Her trauma informed work, keen intuition, love of research, and compassionate yet direct approach, has helped many over the years to find their way out of, the often, challenging experience of body-mind symptomatology.
Liz believes that healing occurs when one activates the wisdom of the mind-body connection. The simple, yet profound approach that she employs provides those seeking improvement in their quality of life a variety of tools that can be used in the moment when stress occurs. She values the inherent intelligence that every person carries. She aims to connect clients to their greatest gifts that they already possess. Through direct experience, education, and collaboration, clients can expect to increase their ability to receive and respond to life in the here and now.
Her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® allows her to help clients access embodiment and genuine transformation in her psychotherapeutic work with people diagnosed with FND, chronic illness, and trauma. Under the supervision of Dr. Moenter, Liz translates the wisdom of bodywork into psychodynamic practice.
Liz’s beliefs, values, and approach to therapy emerged over decades of personal experience and study. She has been steeped in philosophy of the western canon and physical science along with the practices of zazen meditation, Hatha yoga, and Yin yoga.
Her education includes:
– BA Philosophy and the History of Math and Science – St. John’s College – Santa Fe, NM
– Seeking MA – Somatic Psychology – Naropa University – Boulder, CO
– Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® – Level 1
– Lauterstein – Conway Massage School – LMT – Austin, TX
– John F Barnes Myofascial Release – Advanced Therapist
– Gioconda Yoga – RYT 200
– Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Liz is currently studying Somatic Psychology at Naropa University with an interdisciplinary focus on the body and consciousness in therapy.
Mark DeFee, LPC
Mark provides virtual coaching services to adults living with epilepsy who are seeking to create happiness in their life and set goals that allow them to flourish while still respecting their epilepsy.
He was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1996, two weeks before his senior year in high school, and was immediately overwhelmed with the life changes he was required to make. It took him years before he was able to fully accept his diagnosis and find ways to thrive while living with epilepsy.
He learned a great deal on his own about managing stress, and he enjoys teaching others those same lessons. Mark also fully believes that helping people is one of life’s greatest stress-reducing activities.
Looking back, Mark knows now that adjusting to life with epilepsy is what drove him to become a licensed therapist and later a speaker and coach. Although extremely difficult at first, using his epilepsy to find his path in life has allowed him to create a life he loves.
As a professional, he has spent the past 15 years providing coaching, counseling, and training services to organizations of all sizes. Companies look to him to help grow their employees, both personally and professionally, as well as create cultures of wellness within the workplace.
• Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) – CO License #: 0005554
• Board Certified Coach (BCC) – Expected Graduation July 2019
• Certified Body Language Trainer – The Center for Body Language
• Master’s Degree – Counseling Psychology – University of Denver
• Bachelor’s Degree – Psychology – Texas Tech University
Are you ready to take the first step toward a seizure free life?