Afra Moenter, Ph.D., L.P.C.
Dr. Afra Moenter founded the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy with a simple vision in mind: To bring together clinicians and healthcare providers with diverse expertise to support individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and/or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
A clinician at heart, Dr. Moenter believes in the healing power of connection. She has witnessed how a deep psychotherapeutic process can be truly beneficial to individuals with epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, as well as to their families, partners, and friends.
Through the Rocky Mountain Center for Epilepsy, Dr. Moenter provides psychotherapy, respiratory biofeedback, and life coaching to both individuals diagnosed with epilepsy or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and their friends and family. She is in the process of developing a treatment protocol for epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures which will be a powerful resource for other psychotherapists and practitioners in the healing profession.
Dr. Moenter has extensive experience in the realm of human psychology, psychotherapy, epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, 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 20 years:
- Gestalt therapy; a method of awareness which enables the client to focus on his/her experience in the present moment.
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; 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.