About Robert Alcorn

Robert Alcorn has 49 years of psychiatric practice starting in 1974. He retired as of June 1, 2020 in order to focus exclusively on spiritual healing. He graduated from Yale College in 1966, cum laude, and from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1970. He did a rotating internship in medicine and psychiatry at Herrick Memorial Hospital, in Berkeley, California in 1970-71, and an adult psychiatry residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland, from 1971 to 1974. He completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry (law and psychiatry) in 1985 at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is board certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

He began training in energy healing in 2000 with Rosalyn Bruyere and has studied with James Kepner, PhD, and Carol DeSanto MS, ordained ministers in Ms. Bruyere’s Healing Light Center Church. He has studied shamanic practices through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and with Sandra Ingerman (Soul Retrieval) and Betsy Bergstrom (Compassionate Depossession and Middle World Shamanism). He has studied Hawaiian Shamanism with Larry Kessler.

He is a certified Soul Detective, through the tutelage of Barbara Stone, LISW, PhD.(www.souldetective.net)

What is a Soul Detective? How is it different from shamanic practices?

Barbara Stone, PhD developed her Soul Detective protocols to bridge the worlds of energy psychology and shamanism. Energy psychology is based on the use of techniques to alter and harmonize the flow of chi or life force through the meridians, energy channels known in Oriental medicine. Energy psychology relies heavily on applied kinesiology, or “muscle testing.” This is a way of dowsing for information by tapping into wisdom held in the clients’ subconscious mind. Dowsing, ordinarily associated with finding wells for drinkable water, “reads” the energetic signature of the underground water source through dowsing rods. More generally, dowsing refers to techniques which provide otherwise hidden information to the practitioner. The Soul Detective method uses dowsing through muscle testing and through intuitive skills to reveal information about the genesis of a client’s mental and emotional suffering and to guide the healing process. Dr. Stone uses a comprehensive outline of possible sources of trouble to help organize an evaluation of the many possible contributing factors leading to the clients difficulties.

Shamanic practices rely almost entirely on intuitive skills, i.e. the ability of the practitioner to get into a visionary, altered state of consciousness, which allows him/her to perceive the nature of the problem and to find solutions. At times it may be difficult for the practitioner to be certain that the information being received is accurate. Dowsing through muscle testing and similar practices can provide a confidence factor and sometimes reveal things which do not show up clearly through purely intuitive means. So the Soul Detective attempts to come to a comprehensive view of all the disruptive factors at play in the client’s difficulty and then to find proper approaches to deal with all the factors at whatever level they exist.

Robert W. Alcorn, M.D.

  • Board Certified Psychiatrist (Retired)
  • Graduate of Yale College, cum laude
  • Graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Psychiatric Residency – University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Private Practice since 1974
  • Medical Director: Alternative Paths, Inc., community mental health center (2003-2019)
  • Integrative Medicine practitioner since 1999
  • Certified Soul Detective