Alex Vrettos

Therapeutic Hypnotist

Describe What You Do:

You think and feel every moment of every day, but what do you really know about this process that effects every decision and every relationship in your life?

I use hypnosis to help people in two ways: I help people free themselves of unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours. I also use hypnosis to help my clients to actually see their minds, to understand their thinking and feeling process better, in order to gain more emotional intelligence and a greater sense of mastery within their own mind.

I do this in one to one sessions with clients and also in group workshops.

Why Have You Signed up to Be a Sand Mentor?

Since I started learning about the mind – in my mid to late twenties – I have wondered why we are not taught more in school about how we think and feel. I have wondered how different my life would have been to get that little head start along with the others that a good education provides. I earn my living teaching adults this stuff who have suffered or struggled for years and then in two or three sessions are free.  I have signed up to be a Sand Mentor as it puts me in a good position to share this knowledge with young people, at a crucial time in their lives, to give them the best chance early on, and assist in preventing some head aches that might otherwise have stayed with them for years to come. I’ve signed up because I have heard stories about the distressing rise of anxiety among children in education and I’d like to be better placed to help young people look emotions such as anxiety in the eye and see that it is not what it seems.

What Is Your Business/Work Ethos?

I’ve worked my way up from front-line cinema staff to venue manager in charge of over 40 staff. I have managed Health And Safety across five cinemas in London. I’ve reinvented myself once and during that time I worked a number of other jobs, walked out of two for ethical reasons, experienced bad management, bullying management and good management. I have been self-employed for over 5 years and still feel smug about it. My job allows me to be my most mature, wise and most idiosyncratic selves at the same time.

What I’ve learned is that there are all types of people in this world and there is a deserved place for most, which might take a while to find. I know there is much to learn along the way. I understand that jobs require us to be a certain way, but there needs to be room to be ourselves within that expectation. I have observed that employers do not always have the communication skills for the most effective management, and it is therefore useful to have the best of these skills yourself when dealing with them.

Work is a big part of our lives and I feel you will be happiest if you can find work that adds to your life and that your life can add to. You are not what you do but you are doing well if what you do is a significant part of you and you are a significant part of it.