Süster Strubelt wrote her MA thesis on Iboga healing ceremonies in Gabon, and was initiated into the Mabandji women’s cult in 2003. After completing her initial studies in psychology and sociology, she worked as a journalist in Central America. As a clinical psychologist she worked in different pediatric hospitals in Germany and in the development aid in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Rwanda. She is trained in systemic family therapy and hypnotherapy. Her main scientific interest is the psychological impact of possession trance in healing cults in Latin-America and Africa.