Kathy Mohr-Almeida, Ph.D.
Holistic Healing Arts
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Holistic Healing Arts

Dr. Kathy Mohr-Almeida


Kathy Mohr-Almeida, Ph.D. combines contemporary traumatology techniques with a traditional Mesoamerican healing practice known as Curanderismo. Curanderismo is an ancient healing modality well known in Latino communities throughout the Americas that includes herbology, shamanic practices, sweat lodges known as temascales, and other spiritual practices, to restore a state of harmony between the individual, the environment and spiritual forces.  Illness in Curanderismo is conceptualized as a result of an organism being in a state of disequilibrium. Illness can be caused by trauma, a lack of harmony in relationships and through poor relationship with Spirit, among other causes.

 

As part of her doctoral program in Marriage and Family Transpersonal Psychology,

Dr. Mohr-Almeida conducted studies and fieldwork with curanderos in central and southern Mexico. Her doctoral work included research on Curanderismo and Traumatology, which took her to rural, urban and jungle settings in central and southern Mexico. Dr. Mohr-Almeida discovered that Curanderismo practices have addressed a trauma-based condition known as "susto" for millennia, while Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has only recently been acknowledged by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mohr-Almeida became interested in how Mesoamerican healers have successfully treated susto. As a result of this study, Dr. Mohr-Almeida created a model of treatment which incorporates the best practices from contemporary traumatology aHolistic Healing Artsnd Curanderismo.


Contemporary therapeutic practices address issues from a cognitive stance only. This practice does not take advantage of the individual's strengths, the natural supports within the individual's community, or the personal competencies of the individual. Dr. Mohr-Almeida takes advantage of all the resources available to the individual, thereby increasing the positive outcomes of the individualized sessions.

 

In addition to her doctoral degree, Dr. Mohr-Almeida has completed an apprenticeship with an elder in Curanderismo and studied with healers from Mexico and Central America. Dr. Mohr-Almeida’s traumatology theory work has been strongly influenced by Carl Jung, Robert A. Johnson and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, among others.  She also has degrees in English, Journalism, Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Psychology. She is also Spanish-English bilingual in all modalities of communication.

 


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