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.
Mark DeFee, LPC – Independent Contractor
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?