The Navigator of Souls: Nivedya Sohan Roy
Mastering the art of handling diverse professions with elan just like how a maestro’s fingers waltz on the keys of a grand piano is something rare and fascinating. Toss in a glorious legacy with this exceptional talent and voila, you have someone who can be called a luminary. Meet Nivedya Sohan Roy, an outstanding personality who belongs to that rare category of multi-faceted professionals. Be it Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Clinical Hypnotherapy, running a dental and aesthetic clinic or holistic life coaching, she seamlessly navigates diverse domains in the intricate tapestry of professions.
Here, we offer a brief glimpse into the captivating world of Nivedya Sohan Roy, who is the daughter of Sir Sohan Roy, the CEO and founder of Aries Group of Companies. Her innate ability to connect with individuals on mental, emotional, and energetic levels has propelled her to the forefront of transformative wellness. In an exclusive interview, Unique Times unravels the layers of Nivedya Sohan Roy’s journey, exploring the intersections of her diverse expertise and the profound impact she has made on the lives she touches.
Could you give us a bird’s eye view of your journey from being a Naval Architect to becoming an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist, handwriting analyst, and holistic life coach?
I graduated from the University of Southampton in the UK in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture, following the family tradition in the marine industry. Once I began working in this field, I realized it didn’t resonate with me as I had hoped. I felt compelled to pursue something that truly fulfilled me. Remembering my childhood dream of becoming a psychologist, I decided to explore that path alongside my Marine Engineering career.
I delved into Clinical Hypnotherapy, initially as a side interest. Through extensive research and a year and a half of dedicated study, I seamlessly transitioned into the world of therapy. Opting for a part-time role in the family business and part-time as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I discovered the vast and continually evolving landscape of therapeutic methods. My journey expanded as I explored various modalities such as handwriting analysis, transpersonal regression therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and energy work, continuously seeking to deepen my understanding and help individuals deal with mental health challenges and emotional distress.
How did you integrate your engineering background into your therapeutic approach? What unique perspectives did it offer in your practice?
It’s about the approach to problem-solving, examining issues from various perspectives—an inherent skill cultivated through engineering. When addressing problems in relationships or stemming from childhood experiences, the key lies in identifying the root cause.
This is where hypnotherapy diverges from common misconceptions. Contrary to the belief that it involves mind control or entertainment, hypnotherapy is about delving into the origin of issues. It’s about uncovering where and how things began. To navigate clients toward resolution, it’s crucial to pose the right questions and guide them effectively, which requires a comprehensive understanding of the issue from every angle.
Can you elaborate on your professional achievements in podcasting and hypnotherapy, and could you provide insights into your involvement with the movie DAM999?
Certainly! In the realm of podcasting, I am honored to have been acknowledged among the top 7 podcasters, showcasing my expertise in diverse areas such as hypnotherapy, holistic well-being, and cognitive behavioral therapy. My credentials in mind sciences extend to Clinical Hypnotherapy and transpersonal regression therapy, happiness coaching, handwriting analysis, metaphor therapy, therapeutic tarot reading, sound therapy, and family constellation therapy.
Turning to my involvement with the film DAM999, it has been a profoundly enriching experience. This cinematic piece serves as a poignant tribute to the 1975 Banqiao Dam disaster, shedding light on a tragedy that claimed 250,000 lives. The film is particularly notable for its compelling storytelling and historical significance. DAM999 has received global acclaim with multiple selections and awards, including recognition in the Oscars. for Original Score, Original Song, and Best Picture categories. Additional accolades include honors at the Golden Rooster Awards, International Film Festivals, and the documentary “DAMs – The Lethal Waterbombs,” drawing attention to the critical condition of aging dams worldwide. Being part of this project has allowed me to contribute to a significant narrative, addressing a historical event and its aftermath through the impactful medium of film.
Could you walk us through a typical session with a client struggling with chronic pain or a chronic disease? How does hypnotherapy play a role in managing such conditions?
When clients approach me with chronic ailments or persistent physical pain, I emphasize that these physical manifestations are often the endpoint of unresolved emotional distress. Physical ailments are often linked to underlying emotional attachments or meanings.
Different parts of the body tend to harbour specific emotions. For example, anger might be associated with the jaw, vulnerability with the thighs, or bitterness with the liver. Hypnotherapy focuses on tracking the root cause using regression. By addressing and releasing stored or unresolved emotions from the body, the energy meridians, of which there are around 72,000, regain their flow. This often results in significant healing, sometimes quite rapidly.
In cases like these, hypnotherapy sessions typically don’t exceed 10 because of its deep work with the subconscious mind. This depth contributes to its effectiveness and often leads to quick and substantial healing.
When addressing anxiety disorders or addictions through hypnotherapy, what strategies do you employ to ensure lasting behavioural changes?
Anxiety and addiction are two distinct issues, each requiring different approaches in hypnotherapy. For anxiety, we delve into the root cause, employing various tools and techniques to restore the parasympathetic nervous system. Panic attacks often stem from an overactive sympathetic nervous system, and once we address the underlying cause and regulate the system, managing anxiety becomes more feasible.
Addiction, on the other hand, often arises from unfulfilled aspects of life, creating voids that individuals seek to fill. This can manifest in various addictive behaviours as an attempt to alleviate the pain of these voids. By identifying and addressing the root causes, we aim to desensitize and guide clients through it. This approach helps diminish the need to rely on substances or behaviours to cope.
While these sessions can be intense, typically requiring six to seven sittings, it’s entirely feasible to navigate through these issues and emerge on the other side with a healthier perspective and reduced reliance on addictive behaviours.
What advice would you offer to individuals sceptical about the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating conditions like stress or fears and phobias?
Certainly, I understand the scepticism around hypnotherapy, largely stemming from misconceptions perpetuated by media representations. However, what’s portrayed on TV lacks the therapeutic depth and scientific protocols that underlie genuine hypnotherapy practices.
When engaging with hypnotherapy, it’s important to acknowledge that it operates on the subconscious mind, a realm governed by its own science and methodologies. Following these steps correctly renders hypnotherapy an effective tool.
In addressing phobias, and fears, and helping the cessation of smoking, hypnotherapy stands out as a valuable treatment method. Its success isn’t mystical but rather rooted in the process of accessing and dealing with the root cause. Unlike other modalities that often engage primarily with the conscious mind, hypnotherapy accesses the subconscious mind, which accounts for 88 to 90% of our mental capacity. It’s this part of the mind that stores logical solutions for life’s seemingly illogical situations.
By effecting changes within the subconscious mind, which is exponentially stronger than the conscious mind, hypnotherapy can significantly alter thought patterns and behaviours. This process essentially overrides the conscious mind, influencing and shaping an individual’s thinking patterns.
As someone deeply committed to guiding clients toward self-discovery, how do you measure success in your therapeutic practice? Could you share a particularly rewarding client transformation journey?
I find immense fulfillment in my practice. To me, success is measured by the cases I handle—those referred by psychologists, psychiatrists, or doctors who’ve struggled to help their patients. Conditions like IBS, psoriasis, autoimmune diseases, and strange muscular movements-are instances where hypnotherapy proves effective. Working with these cases brings me profound joy because witnessing clients find relief when other avenues fail is truly remarkable.
For instance, one client battled an eating disorder for two decades. In just one session, a 20-year habit of midnight binging came to an end. It was a monumental transformation without any medications. Another person had a perplexing jaw movement defying medical explanation. After three weekly sessions, he went from a debilitating 10 out of 10 to a manageable 2 out of 10 on the discomfort scale. It’s not that hypnotherapy is the ultimate solution for all, but it undeniably works.
Unfortunately, people often turn to hypnotherapy as a last resort due to stigma or sheer desperation. Yet, its effectiveness lies in tapping into the part of the mind where answers are held.
As the Chief Happiness Officer of a multinational consortium, how do you balance your corporate responsibilities with your therapeutic practice?
Balancing my role as the Chief Happiness Officer of the Aries Group’s Happiness Division with my therapeutic practice and other commitments involves meticulous time management. I’ve adjusted my schedule, dedicating two days per week to my therapeutic center while overseeing operations at our family business and the dental clinic.
At Aries Group, our goal is to increase life expectancy by 10% through holistic well-being initiatives. Integrating my therapeutic expertise, I contribute insights for a comprehensive approach to happiness.
Structured time blocks enable me to focus on each responsibility, ensuring productivity and attention where needed. This approach effectively manages my diverse professional roles, allowing me to contribute meaningfully to each endeavor.
As the daughter of Sir Sohan Roy, how has your father’s vision and leadership at Aries Group influenced your own roles, and what key lessons have you learned from his business experience?
I believe his greatest strength lies in his hyper-efficiency and growth-oriented mindset. His ability to structure the company, implement systems, and measure the efficiency of every team member using his own software, EFFISM, is remarkable. This approach has created a self-sustaining system within the company, ensuring smooth operations even in his absence.
His emphasis on numbers and creating real-time strategies to address any setbacks has been invaluable. He’s taught me the importance of proactive problem-solving, instilling the belief that every problem has a solution. This mindset has become ingrained in me, making it hard to sit back and feel like a victim when faced with challenges. Instead, I instinctively focus on finding solutions and taking action—an invaluable quality I’ve gained from him, for which I’m immensely grateful.
Your professional journey spans across various industries, from entrepreneurship and hypnotherapy to naval architecture. Could you elaborate on how these diverse experiences have influenced your approach to investments, particularly focusing on your involvement?
My diverse background in Naval Architecture and Hypnotherapy and experiences in entrepreneurship has deeply influenced my approach to investments, guiding me to ventures that align with my passion for innovation and accessibility in healthcare.
I serve as Director for Wolf/ Tenshield Airmasks, where our focus is on pioneering health products, particularly advanced air masks that offer unparalleled protection. The company is committed to crafting cutting-edge solutions that prioritize enhanced safety and well-being.
AM Health Hub, a medical tourism company, embodies my dedication to transcending global healthcare barriers. Partnering with Aries Group and Macins Group, our mission is to facilitate seamless access to top-tier medical services across 40+ countries. This initiative aims to break geographical barriers and make high-quality healthcare a borderless experience.
I have also invested in a medical app, Cliniqally that stands as a testament to my belief in revolutionizing healthcare accessibility. This platform empowers doctors through virtual clinic setups, leveraging technology to enhance doctor-patient interactions. Its features like digital prescriptions, AI-driven recommendations, and a reliable referral scheme, are pivotal in bridging the gap between patients and superior healthcare choices.
My latest venture, Aries Dental and Aesthetic Clinic, is strategically located in the heart of JBR aiming to set new standards in dental and aesthetic care.
Each venture I choose to associate with embodies a unique facet of my background, converging in a collective vision to transform and elevate the healthcare landscape.
Entrepreneurship often comes with ups and downs. How do you build resilience to navigate challenges and setbacks?
I owe a tremendous amount to my dad for being my unwavering support system. Having someone there who allows me to make mistakes, to stumble, and still provides guidance and support is invaluable. It’s this assurance that helps me cultivate resilience.
Growing up, I encountered numerous rejections that, while challenging, taught me to develop a tougher mentality. Rejection, from an early age, instills the ability to not just feel emotions but to channel them into finding solutions. It’s crucial to acknowledge emotions, even cry if needed, but it’s equally important to move beyond that and strategize the next steps. This growth mindset, cultivated through facing various challenges, has been instrumental in building both my resilience and a robust approach to problem-solving.
Beyond work, what brings you joy? How do you balance personal interests with professional responsibilities?
Outside work, I cherish hitting the gym, indulging in salsa and bachata dancing, although I wish I could do it more frequently. Most of all, returning home, completing my daily physical activity, and unwinding with my family and dogs are my ultimate go-to things. That’s my haven.
Moreover, I have a profound passion for outdoor pursuits. Whether it’s wake surfing, hiking in the lap of nature, or engaging in any physical activity outdoors, I’m all in. Plus, I’m a dedicated yoga enthusiast. That pretty much sums it up!
What advice do you have for young professionals aspiring to take on leadership roles, especially within the context of a diverse and dynamic business environment?
You can never fully prepare for everything that comes your way; life always throws curveballs. I firmly believe in diving headfirst into things. For instance, I’m a Marine Engineer and a Clinical Hypnotherapist who recently ventured into the dental and aesthetic clinic industry, despite knowing very little about it. Learning as you go is key.
Having a growth mindset and the resilience to persevere are crucial. With these qualities, along with a commitment to finding solutions, you can navigate any entrepreneurial journey. Additionally, constantly explore different strategies, staying dynamic and attentive to your business’s day-to-day and week-to-week performance. Adapting strategies based on analysis is invaluable advice in entrepreneurship. That’s my best advice!!