Critical Futures

An interview-based podcast by the IHJE. It’s Critical, because the time is now to conjure the world we want to live and thrive in. It’s also Futurity: the intentional imagining and materializing of liberated futures.

18 June 2023

Series 2, Episode 1: "The Future of Healing & Therapy"

Featuring Selome Araya from Root Alchemy Institute

About Our Guests

Selome Araya, Founder


Selome Araya, MPH is a Reiki Energy Healing Master/Teacher, Mental Health Holistic Healing Practitioner/Trainer, Intuitive Counselor, Ancestral Channel, Trauma Alchemy Guide, & Healing Justice Advocate.

After feeling unsupported by the Western approach to mental health, Selome Araya went on a journey to heal through a holistic, integrative, & spiritually rooted approach. Transmuting her pain led her to became an energy medicine and holistic healing practitioner and offer alternative, holistic, transformational & decolonized healing to support to others. For the last decade, she’s provided various healing services, programs, classes, trainings & communal healing spaces, in her private practice & in collaboration with grassroots and community organizations & other entities, most recently the NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity. She created the Healing at the Root Mental Health Holistic Healing Methodology & founded the Root Alchemy Institute.


Root Alchemy Institute

The Root Alchemy Institute exists to create alternative systems of healing by offering new approaches & methodologies to healing mental health, trauma, spiritual crisis & awakenings. Transforming existing conventional models into a more holistic, integrative, decolonized, depathologized, alchemical path to healing through trainings, services, tools, resources, advocacy & spaces.

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Additional Credits

This episode was produced as part of an ongoing series titled “THE FUTURE OF…”. In this series, we chat with experts from various sectors to learn about what they are doing to shift the critical now for a radical new future.

Episode Host: Amber Johnson | Executive Director, IHJE.

Audio Production: KJ Schaeffner | Web Developer + Designer, IHJE.

Podcast Artwork: Wriply M. Bennet.

Theme Music: Resilient Zone/Floting via Adobe Stock.