Today we’d like to introduce you to Alauna Curry.
Alauna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I spent 12 years as a psychiatrist at the DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. I was drawn towards treating veterans because my father is a Vietnam vet and I had cousins who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. My career path took me towards a specialized focus on psychological trauma, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline and other Personality Disorders, as well as associated conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and Substance Abuse conditions. In 2017, I developed health challenges that brought my VA career to a screeching halt, and eventually, I could no longer practice clinical medicine. However, I had begun to realize that far more people were affected by psychological trauma than would be identified using the typical approach of modern psychiatry.
When I began to use a deeper level of empathy to assess trauma, I realized that every human being has, is and will experience psychologically traumatizing experiences in their lifetime, often starting in childhood. These traumas have a predictable pattern of effect on specific parts of our brain and direct affect how we interpret every situation we experience in the “Now moment”. The beauty of doing trauma work is that it is treatable! When we explore the beliefs of the individual and how they interpret and respond to their world, with a better understanding of the connection between the brain, body and behavior, a person can retrain their brain to think, feel and react differently! I decided to start a non-profit, educational practice geared towards education the public about how to heal themselves from the effects of their psychological traumas!
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road! For one, I have nerve and joint problems that cause constant pain throughout my body! However, the pain is a constant reminder to have a deeper empathy for others. While I always thought I was a caring provider, being a patient AND provider in our current healthcare system has shown me the tremendous flaws in our system. If I have difficulty navigating it as a highly educated physician, what must it be like for other people?! Also, the systemic barriers to mental health care are a travesty, which is why I created a non-profit organization, in the hopes that I can significantly lower the cost barriers for people to learn about mental and emotional health! My theory is that we are experiencing a pervasive global psychological crisis of trauma, violence and destruction because the hueman race has not done the work to fully educate ourselves about our brain, body and the associated thoughts, feelings and choices that come from our willful ignorance about our Selves! My methodology is very different than traditional psychiatry because I advocate a “skills over pills” approach. While medications are very important for some conditions and some people, the medical industry is incredibly over-reliant on pharmaceutical intervention. It is a struggle to create an educational practice that is so different from the traditional route, as it has required me to learn the public speaking industry and how to be a successful business person.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
The Dr. Alauna Trauma Recovery Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to be the leading psychological trauma treatment resource in the world. DA-TRI desires to educate and train mental health providers and laypersons about psychological trauma, helping affected families heal, one person at a time. We empower individuals, groups and corporations with education and life-changing thought and communication skills, bringing together the most effective components of leading evidence-based trauma treatments. I’m most proud of the effects that this information has on people who come into contact with it! As people learn the parts of their brain that create their thoughts and emotions, as well as how to use the most evolved components of it to evaluate their perceptions and make more calculated decisions, they create better outcomes in their interactions with others, leading to improvement in their personal and professional relationships. Simply through providing a deeper understanding of Self, individuals who engage in our programming become powerfully aware of their thoughts, informed about their emotions, and motivated to use skills to operate in a more controlled and effective way, using Empathy Skills Practice (TM) as a guide. I have helped people get off of medications and get into a better space in their lives! We help people evolve into their Best Selves!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I believe Houston is a great place to start a business about psychological trauma! This business was birthed in 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey traumatizing the entire city over the course of a few weeks. Although my business is located primarily online, through coursework in the Trauma Recovery Academy, having local support and in-person contact is still essential. Houston has been deliberate about embracing mental health as a part of recovering from the losses we experienced, much of with people are still dealing with on a day to day basis. The city government is also very supportive of small businesses and encourages women and minority-lead businesses to thrive. I believe that Houston will be a global leader in the efforts to incorporate emotional and mental health education, as well as empathy, becoming an evolved city where every citizen has the opportunity for physical, emotional, financial and spiritual wellness.
- I place free educational videos on Facebook and YouTube! I also host free monthly mental health and trauma workshops in the Cypress area.
- I create products such as audiobooks and coaching CDs, available at prices ranging from $25-95.
- Subscribing to the Trauma Recovery Academy at $100/mo includes the Empathy Skills Practice (TM) course and discounts on future course offerings!
- Website: www.dralauna.com
- Phone: 832-736-8326
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dralauna/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dralauna
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/dralauna
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP5TBAeKn1S3vHAL8eiVNag (Or Search for “Dr Alauna”)
Alauna Curry, MD