Afra Moenter, PhD, MEd, LPC
Dr. Afra Moenter, founder and clinical director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy and founding member of FNDsociety 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 FNDcourage, 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.
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