Natalie Tobert, PhD, is a British medical anthropologist, who has done original fieldwork research in India, Sudan and UK. She has created a Spiritual and Cultural Equalities Training Resource for staff and students in medicine and healthcare, in order to raise awareness of spiritual beliefs about mental health. Today she specialises in facilitating participatory seminars in hospitals, medical schools and universities.
Natalie’s new book, Spiritual Psychiatries, is based on conversations with physicians, service users, priests and philosophers in India. Her book brings fresh perspectives to the dialogue about mental health and extreme experiences, and explores whether Indian principles are transferable to western populations. Her intention is to enhance the bridge between mainstream practices and what people actually believe, in order to promote a holistic approach to mental health services.