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IMAGE: Dr Prakriti Poddar uses past incidents and hypnotism to heal people.

Do you need to see a hypnotherapist?

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‘Earlier it was a stigma to discuss mental problems. But I get more patients for past life regression as in India people believe in rebirth and karma,’ Dr Prakriti Poddar, who uses hypnotism to treat illnesses, tells A Ganesh Nadar.

Have you ever had the need to meet a hypnotherapist?

A hypnotherapist is not your usual doctor. S/he analyses your past and present to understand the source of your illness and your mental state.

Given the rise in suicides and mental health issues across the world and particularly in India, there is a growing demand for experts who can counsel and treat you in alternate medicine.

Dr Prakriti Poddar is a hypnotherapist who uses hypnotism to cure people “who are willing.”

Hypnotherapy, an alternate form of medicine, involves a combination of science, technology and therapy.

Dr Poddar studied hynotherapy at the California Institute of Hypnotherapy in Mumbai, and has knowledge of hypnotherapy, past life regression, neuro-linguistic programming, tasso regression and neuro feedback (mapping brain waves) using an EEG machine.

“My grandma Sheela Bhalla was a faith healer and that is why I chose this field. I liked what she did,” she says, sitting in her office in Lower Parel, south central Mumbai.

After her education, she started as a counsellor in the Salvation Army.

During the 11 years she lived in Canada, Dr Poddar started Mind Over Image, a healthcare consulting firm. She moved to India in 2003.

In India, she used her skills and experience in healing and hypnotherapy to provide corporate training for HR professionals. This included training in emotion, behaviour and leadership.

“I had to start with the basic before moving onto the esoteric,” she explains.

“In Canada, people are open to discussing problems of the mind and so hypnotherapy was a success there. In India, they are opening up only now.”

“Earlier it was a stigma to discuss mental problems. But I get more patients for past life regression as in India people believe in rebirth and karma. I have Buddhist patients who want to get rid of bad karma,” she says.

Dr Poddar has created various therapy tools to help her patients. Some of the popular ones are The Legacy Gene, The HIP Technique and I Sound Pharmacy.

In I Sound Pharmacy therapy, Dr Poddar first identifies a sound that takes you back to the trauma you have been through.

For example, if you have been in a car accident, each time you hear the screeching of brakes, you relive the trauma.

In her therapy, she replaces that sound with a healing sound. So the next time you hear it, you don’t recreate the trauma.

She also uses incidents from the past to cure health issues.

Dr Poddar explains how she cured a lady who had a backache for many years.

“She tried many doctors and finally came to me. I discovered she was an only child and as a young girl of four she had once fallen down. After that her parents became over-protective and did not allow her to do many things telling her not to hurt herself,” Dr Poddar recalls.

“This constantly telling her to be careful played on her mind. It was like a spider sitting on her back, holding her away from everything. So whenever she wanted to do anything, she would hold back as she didn’t want to hurt herself. Once I came to know what worried her, I suggested that it was not the truth and nothing was going to happen to her. The pain disappeared.”

IMAGE: Dr Poddar organises workshops in schools, colleges and engages people to look into their past, their weaknesses and turn them into their strengths.

IMAGE: Dr Poddar organises workshops in schools, colleges and engages people to look into their past, their weaknesses and turn them into their strengths.

“In the first few sessions I plant a seed,” says Dr Poddar. “Usually I can help the patient in five sessions. Depression can set in as early as the womb and it depends on how your mother was feeling at that time.”

A single session, she says, costs Rs 2,000. Clinical hypnotherapy is Rs 3,000 per session.

The first session is just to relax you, she says. The treatment starts from the second session.

A five-session course can range between Rs 17,000 and Rs 25,000.


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Living In Creativity

When one thinks of creativity the first thing that crosses our minds are artists, authors, designers etc., people who use creativity in their everyday life. And if we are in traditional jobs, we assume that their is no room for creativity, I mean, we are after all, just a cog in the wheel. We do not imagine that there is access for creativity in our day to day work.

It is a myth that only a few are creative. Creativity comes in many shapes and sizes and there are enough studies and claims by scientists that preschoolers are better at solving problems because of play. We were all preschoolers, but some have been nurtured away from creativity. The older one becomes the more the societal pressure of performance forces norming and pushes us towards conforming to rigid behaviour patterns.

The nature of norming and conforming is strong and therefore it  gets difficult when we get stuck in it. And ‘stuck’ you will feel, because it is pre-programmed in our genes to grow, to change and develop. Real development happens with exploration and with our ability to challenging the status quo.

First and foremost, let’s not get burdened with the idea that creativity is a far-off notion. Because during your day you are unknowingly being creative in your day to day tasks. Whether that be looking for a new way to dodge the traffic, or dodge an irate boss, or if it is to cook a new meal out of yesterday’s left overs, or to save yourself from your spouses wrath when you are late for dinner for the fourth time in a row. All this requires you to exercise your creativity.  At the end of the day, it is your creativity that helps you get the best out of life.

Most adults spend eight hours in their place of work. This place needs to be uplifting to get the best results out of people. The environment has to have flow and movement to avoid stagnation.

Then why is it that when you go to work or are a business owner, that you’d rather do the same thing every day and follow the norm? Mainly because you have been conditioned to believing that you are okay and if you go out of the norm, you might lose your business or your job, which pays for your comfortable life. It is your fear that prevents you from trying new ways to do old things. Fear of failure.

This is a learned behaviour and you will be surprised to know that there is an exact point in time when it occurred. So take a moment to think about the experience where you felt safer to be like everyone else. When you found security in not standing apart from the crowd. That is the time that you decided to minimize your uniqueness, your talents and your limitless creativity.

It is time to break the pact with that part of ourselves that feels safe in familiarity. It is time that we remove the shackles of slavery towards finances and begin to brainstorm and transform rather than conform. Once your remove the fear and start to explore your world once again through creativity you will notice that life will open new dimensions that were not available to you before.

The key is to get out of your comfort zone and thrive with the joy of living.

Step 1

Open Mind

Being open-minded actually means holding no bias while looking at all the options. It is non judgmental exploration of numerous possibilities that are available. We can continue to delve into numerous options with panoramic and frameless intent.

Since we are all unique individuals with unique genetic coding, unique temperaments and unique experiences that continue to define us, nobody else’s tried and tested formulas can work on us. We may take cues from others, learn from their successes and failures but finally define our own plan.

If I’ve learned anything in life so far, it’s that we’re never really headed where we think we are – there are always twists and turns along the way that lead us onto a path that we didn’t even see coming. And to enjoy this journey wholly along the way, we can’t ignore the power and importance of the mindsets we embrace.


Live Intentionally

If you feel like you are trapped in a cycle of negativity, where you dread your days or feel a lack of vitality and exuberance in your life, then you need to begin to use self talk to start the cycle of motivation.

When your negative mindset starts to raise its head and make you dread your days ahead and you begin to feel trapped in your situation, remember that it is just your mind playing tricks. A little bit of mindfulness will draw you to the understanding that you are not a slave to your mind, but really have the ability to harness your thoughts to create positive emotions for you.

One this realization opens up for you will know you can move from a place of dread to a place of hope.

Self-empowerment is worth working for all the time. Live the life you dream of by making the small changes in your thoughts and outlook.

Your soul’s purpose is to experience new things. Don’t let your fear hold you hostage. Be intentional while you are living.

I will end with a quote by an American author, Norman Cousins: The true tragedy in life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.    

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Aligning To Your Soul’s Desire

As the world celebrates Mental Health Awareness Day on 10th October, I’m thankful that the topic of mental health is being discussed on the global level. But there’s still a long way to go in order to understand, emphasize and help the issues surrounding mental health.

The facts and statistics surrounding mental health in India give little hope to us. Over 150 million Indians are in need of mental health care in India but the facilities provided to them are obsolete and difficult to obtain.

Being a doctor of alternative therapy and a long standing champion of mental health awareness, I’ve spent the length of my career in helping people unleash their inner potential and cope with the mental health issues they are dealing with.

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Prakriti Poddar awarded India’s Most Promising Woman Leader in Mental Health, Holistic Support and Wellness Model at the India Leadership Conclave 2017

Mind Over Image’s founder Dr. Prakriti Saxena Poddar recognized as a leader in the field of mental health at this prestigious award ceremony. Her knowledge, experience, and dedication propel her in her quest to spread mental health awareness and treat her patients holistically, never stopping or giving up to any challenge she might face. 


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About Dr. Prakriti Poddar

Dr. Prakriti Poddar started healing at a very early age. She started Mind Over Image in 2001 and has been Consulting with corporates and Individuals since. Her extensive experience in the fields of Consulting, Hypnotherapy and Counseling has led to hundreds of satisfied clients.

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