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Mind Vidya is a flourishing organization, firmly grounded in the science of the human mind and behaviour, with the unique vision to both share psychological knowledge and practice, as well as apply it in the various spheres of life. Founded in 2013 by enterprising mental health professionals and psychologists, Mind Vidya believes in the power of living an authentic life with its inherent qualities, as a means to optimizing one’s potential and growth as a human being. Drawing from decades of age-old wisdom and combining it with modern research findings in psychology, Mind Vidya provides a range of holistic services aimed at enhancing overall well-being, human potential and quality of life in educational institutions, organizations, corporates, hospitals, communities, individuals, groups and families. Our integrated approach aims to customize psychological and psychotherapy practices to the needs of the Indian population and shoulder the responsibility of being a significant force in shaping the future of the nation as well as the world, for a better tomorrow and the evergreen sustenance of humanity.

Our Valuable Team Members

Anoop Alex
Anoop AlexFounder & Chief Executive Officer
Anoop Alex is a Consultant Psychologist, Life Coach and Psychotherapist, a platinum member of the International Council of Professional Therapists, who has practised in hospital, clinical and corporate settings. His areas of expertise include marital and family therapy, executive coaching, relationship counselling, group interventions, individual therapy and counselling, career guidance, mindfulness, psychological profiling and a range of psychological assessments. Anoop is adept in relating with all age groups – children, adolescents, adults and the elderly and has experience working with individuals having mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, interpersonal conflicts, etc.

Anoop completed his post-graduation in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore and did his Bachelors in Psychology, Criminology & Forensic Science and Sociology. He is additionally certified in Cognitive Analytical Therapy and the use of dreams in counselling, psychotherapy and well-being. As a practitioner, he follows an eclectic approach deriving mainly from the humanistic school of psychotherapy, and adopts techniques from the Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution-Focussed and Cognitive Analytic therapies.

Anoop values the uniqueness of individual experiences, and brings in authenticity while helping a person realize his/her real potential through a journey of self-awareness, existential freedom, and creative changes. He has keen interest in martial arts and Eastern meditative practices and has been actively involved in a variety of projects such as test construction, workshops and training programmes. Anoop has conducted research in the field of healing and well-being and has published psychological articles in international magazines. His research areas of interest include consciousness, psychological interventions based on martial arts and other movement-based practices, human evolution and parapsychological phenomena.

As an individual, Anoop is a skilled artist, a spontaneous writer, a voracious reader, an avid blogger and a talented athlete. He strives to realize the true potential of a human being through a journey of exploration, meaningful service, and personal transformation, establishing a novel and integrated approach for the better sustenance of humanity and is currently working on a book. Anoop Alex founded Mind Vidya with the aim to bring psychological applications to the forefront of the individual and communal functioning of Indian society by propagating an integrated approach that draws from ancient and modern ideologies and research, thus establishing a lore of psychological practice.

Cassandra Sundaraja
Cassandra SundarajaCo-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Cassandra Sundaraja is a licenced Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. She is a Platinum member of the International Council of Professional Therapists and has worked in the past as a Guest Lecturer in Psychology.

Cassandra has completed her Masters in Psychology (Clinical) from Christ University, Bangalore following which she did her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. She has been certified in ‘Counselling’ (Emmaus, 2010), Hypnotherapy (California Hypnosis Institute, 2012), Cognitive-Analytic Therapy and the use of dreams in counselling, psychotherapy and well-being (2011-12).

Cassandra believes in the importance of matching therapeutic approaches and techniques to the needs of individual clients and hence does not subscribe to any one particular school of therapy. She has been extensively trained in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based interventions, as well as Couple and Family Therapy. Additionally, she has experience in Humanistic and Experiential therapies, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as integrated approaches like Cognitive-Analytic Therapy. She works with all age groups: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly to help address behavioural concerns in children, learning disability, depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, personality disorders, etc. Cassandra also conducts workshops and training programmes tailored on a wide-range of topics pertaining to psychological health and well-being.

Cassandra’s areas of interest include developmental psychology and social psychology, while specific research interests include parenthood, cultural changes and its impact on family life, marital relationships, empathy (or the lack of it), the origins of violence and aggression, child sexual abuse, criminal behaviour, etc. In the past she was a freelance journalist for a nation-wide newspaper and also used to volunteer for a centre for the prevention and healing of child sexual abuse.

As a person, Cassandra has a keen sense of humour, is an enthusiastic writer, an almost incessant reader and loves animals. She respects the value of each human encounter and believes in the importance of being in the present. Through her work, she aims to increase communal empathy and to help individuals trust their inner guiding light to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Dr. Stanley Krippner
Dr. Stanley KrippnerCouncil Member
Dr. Stanley Krippner is an internationally renowned psychologist and researcher. He has done pioneering work in the scientific investigation of human consciousness, especially areas such as dreams, creativity, hypnosis, dissociation, parapsychological phenomena, shamanism, and altered states of consciousness. Dr Krippner directed the famous Dream laboratory at Maimondies Medical Centre in New York and was the Director of the Child Study Center at Kent State University, Ohio. His expertise and experience in transpersonal psychology, parapsychology, psychology of dreams, consciousness studies and years of gathered knowledge in psychology and its related branches inspire thousands of students, researchers and professionals worldwide.

Dr. Krippner is an executive faculty member and Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University, San Francisco, is a Fellow in four APA divisions, and was an early leader past-president of two divisions (Division 32, humanistic psychology, and Division 30, the society for Psychological Hypnosis). He has served as President of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, the Parapsychological Association and the Association for the Study of Dreams. He is also a Charter Member of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, the American Psychological Society, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Dr. Krippner has conducted workshops and seminars on dreams and/or hypnosis in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and so the list continues. He has written more than 500 articles (excluding co-authored articles, chapters and book reviews), authored and co-authored dozens of books, and has been the editor of several international peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Krippner has received many honours and awards including American Psychological Association (APA) award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, plus other awards from APA and prestigious organizations/universities worldwide. From our experience, we have found him to be a true erudite, great mentor, excellent orator and a humble person!

Dr. Akila Sadasivan
Dr. Akila SadasivanCouncil Member
Dr. Akila Sadasivan is a clinical Child Neuropsychologist. She has been actively involved in providing awareness about and intervention for children with psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Her primary interest however has been working with children and families of children with Specific learning disorder (SLD). She has obtained her Post Graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Psychology, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Subsequent to this she obtained the M. Phil in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

She developed a Neuropsychological remediation programme for adolescents with reading disorder as part of the M. Phil Course. The programme was found to be successful as the children who received the training showed an improvement in their reading skills. Dr. Akila obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. As part of the Doctoral degree, she received training on Phonological awareness intervention for reading disorder from Dr. Gillon in New Zealand. The doctoral thesis compared the efficacy of both the Phonological awareness programme (which is internationally acclaimed) and the Neuropsychological intervention (which is indigenously developed in India developed by Dr. Akila). The findings suggested that both programmes were associated with positive outcomes with regard to improving reading accuracy.

After this research, she has developed a unique programme that combines the strengths of both the phonological as well as the neuropsychological interventions for all groups with specific learning disorders. The programme caters to children (and adults) with specific learning disorders (SLD) in reading, spelling, writing, maths, motor-coordination, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and children with SLD and children with atypical autistic features.

Currently she is the director of Samvidh Psychological Services, a centre of education and psychological services for children.

Dr. David Paul Smith
Dr. David Paul SmithCouncil Member
Dr. Davild Paul Smith is an American Clinical Psychologist, researcher and scholar. Dr. Smith has published several research articles in the areas of psychotherapy, traditional healing practices, clinical hypnosis, religion and spirituality. He has more than twenty five years of clinical, research and teaching experience and is currently a visiting faculty and adjunct professor in Saybrook University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Smith has a dynamic practice as a clinical psychologist and supervisor. He does clinical work and consultation in several hospitals in the Chicago and is currently the Chief Psychologist and Director of Training at St. Bernard Hospital, Illinois. Also, adjunct to hospital work, Dr Smith performs psychological assessment and consultation in forensics. Dr Smith has additional training in neurofeedback, psychopharmacology and prescription privileges for psychologists, and is a certified consultant in hypnosis through the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH ACE). He functions as the student Liaison and Chair of the Scholarship Committee at SCEH. Dr Smith is also a member of the Forge Guild, an organization of academic, religious and health professionals dedicated to explore and promote sane spirituality. His interests include psychotherapy research, cultural parameters of healing, the psychology of religion and spirituality, hypnosis, psychopharmacology, as well as psychological and neuropsychological testing and assessment.

Dr. Smith is actively involved in international organizations like Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Society for Psychotherapy research and associated with many other organizations like American Psychological Association, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, American Association of Anthropology, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, American Acedemy of Reilgion etc. in the past. He has given notable presentations at many international conferences across the world.

We have found Dr. Smith to be a highly knowledgeable and inspiring person, a passionate researcher and a skilled clinician.

Russell Hogarth
Russell HogarthCouncil Member
Russell Hogarth is an Honorary Fellow, Community Ambassador and Associate Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. He is an esteemed member of The College of Social Work [faculty for mental health] and the Royal College of Psychiatrists [Quality Mark advisory group]. Russell is also a working group member for the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement – Community partner network, United Kingdom [UK].

Russell has previously advised the Health & Care Professional Council, the Higher Education funding Council for England, the Higher Education Academy, [L.E.N] the Health innovation and Education cluster. At present he has the honour of being an Ambassador for Community help Africa. Russell has 45 years lived experience of Health and Social care. In 2007 he became a member of the UCLan School of Health Community Advisory group. Russell’s creativity and entrepreneurial skills were soon recognised; he became an Associate Lecturer, and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his voluntary and community work, with a special emphasis on mental health.

Russell became a Community Ambassador for UCLan in 2013. He has succeeded in life despite being Physically Disabled. These experiences allow Russell to comment with authority on the realities of the student experience, and to ensure the voices of those living with disabilities are heard. Russell’s area of speciality is the use of Media, Narratives and Creative teaching as a pathway to inclusion and accessible education. He has designed and helped develop many commended programmes including the OFSTED highly recommended ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’ broadening knowledge exchange between Nursing students and primary school children and also the ‘Community Teaching Experience’. He is an Ambassador and board member for ‘Reading the World’ a highly successful asset based creative writing community project. Russell recently became a board member for the design in mental health network. The network specialises in the design and built environment of hospitals throughout the UK. Russell’s expertise as an independent advisor for Community Engagement in Higher Education and his experience in UK Health and Social care is now recognised both nationally and internationally.

Russell has reached a commendable position in life through caring for others, suffering many personal hardships, yet working relentlessly towards a better tomorrow. We admire his strength, passion and philanthropy, and acknowledge the service he has done for the sustenance of humanity.