Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures: Arriving at Best Practices for Counsellors

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Wey, Lorelei
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Individuals with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) straddle the two worlds of neurology and psychiatry and are often left to fall through the cracks. As such, this capstone paper provides a detailed description of this complicated diagnosis, as well as the numerous vulnerability traits which make a person more susceptible to this condition. This paper also explores the various forms of stigma these individuals encounter in their life, both inside and outside of healthcare. The traditionally used therapeutic approaches for this client population are explored, as well as other more current and less researched approaches, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as somatic-based therapeutic approaches. Even though there is a lack of research using ACT and somatic-based modalities to treat PNES, there are numerous potential benefits using key interventions. Based upon synthesizing the current research in this field, an itinerary for a one-day psychoeducational workshop for counsellors is proposed using a trauma-informed and biopsychosocialspiritual approach.
psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) , biopsychosocial spiritual , acceptance and commitment therapy , trauma-informed , somatic-based therapeutic approaches , seizure
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