“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 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® help?
The ways that functional neurological symptoms impact your life can be greatly helped through Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® treats symptoms as expressions of a hyper,-hypoactivated nervous system. By working with those states of nervous system dysregulation directly, the clinician can treat clients with “neuro-psychosomatic” symptoms. The focus of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® is not on achieving “control of” the symptoms but on changing underlying psycho-biological mechanism which lead to those functional changes in the brain experienced by clients with FNS.
The loss of control over your body and/or mind and the unpredictability of functional neurological symptoms and/or epilepsy can have a significant emotional impact on your life.
As a person with epilepsy and/or FNS, 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 epilepsy and/or FNS.
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 challenges many individuals diagnosed with epilepsy and/or FNS know quite intimately.
The Therapeutic Process
Psychotherapy is the recommended and best-validated approach to treating FND, 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 regulation. Through relational mindfulness you will learn how to self-regulate your emotions, thoughts, and physical experiences.
Through your work together, Dr. Moenter will help you:
- Learn how to use mindfulness and self-awareness to create a more contemplative “nervous system-friendly” lifestyle
- Identify pre-symptom warnings, 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-regulate states of hyper or hypo activation of the nervous system
- Identify emotional, behavioral, physiological, and environmental triggers and learn how to be with rather than to avoid
- 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 “unique 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 and/or FNS
Healing happens on many levels: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. When you develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of your symptoms 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. Referencing Ron Kurtz, we believe that “the impulse to heal is real and powerful and lies within the you…We are not the healers. We are the context in which healing is inspired.”
Are you ready to take the first step toward a seizure free life?