Over the years I have received many awards for my work. A selection of these are displayed in my office (I actually have received too many to display them all). Even the lamp is an award. It is the Charles Tebbetts Award for increasing public acceptance of hypnotism (Consulting Hypnotists joke that it is an award for "spreading the light").
Long ago my electronic hypnotism system used audio tapes. This was the main console from that time. If you look carefully you can see one of my cats who loved the room because the electronic equipment made it the warmest room in the building.
As technology evolved my main console was converted from using audio tapes to compact disks. This was how it looking at the time.
Eventually Compact Disks were replaced by purely digital files and the analog audio equipment was retired. The contemporary system is completely computerized and runs using a high speed connection to encrypted Internet servers.
The trance chair for clients is mechanical and contains two levels of radiant heat and inegrated massage programs.
When I was awarded the rank of Diplomate of the National Guild of Hypnotists I had my office redone by a professional designer as a gift to myself. She felt it was important to include my love of Renaissance Faires in the design somehow, so she selected this Celtic Throne of carved mahogany as a decorative feature in my office.
I work from a home office for my own convenience. However, the building is fully handicapped accessible. This is the stairlifter that allows mobility challenged clients to easily climb the steps to my Consultation Room. The building itself is ramped and the bathroom is also fully accessible.
Air quality throughout the building is insured by the use of air handlers that provide supplimental heating and cooling, as well as air filtration.
In addition to an ADT security system to insure client safety, every area of the building, except for my office or the restroom, is under continuous video security.
We do have feline animal companions living with us. They are all rescued or ill creatures, and we pride ourselves on being able to save the cats that no one else will take. Our household joke is that we do not charge extra for a CAT scan.
If you arrive before your appointment time you are welcome to relax in the Waiting Area. There is appropriate, mildly hypnotic, music playing at all time accompanied by a rotating pattern of nature photographs on a large, flat-screen display.
I am a total geek for the Bristol Renaissance Faire. As a Level Three member of the Friends of the Faire I attend throughout the season. This is a photo of the brick my wife Lindsay and I placed to honor the Faire and contribute to the building of its Publick House.
I do not generally do sports-related hypnotism, but occasionally I will make an exception. Some years ago I worked with someone connected to the Chicago Cubs Organization. At the end of the consultation they did this as a thank you.
I often host a table at area Cancer Survivors Days or other health and wellness events. This is an example.
Often important people attend the events where I present. President Obama, when he was still a State Senator, attended the Cancer Survivors Day for the University of Chicago. I was privileged to meet him.
My primary love is working with individual clients. However, a professional at my level is expected to do some teaching. This is a photo of my teaching an early version of the Medical Hypnotism Certification Class for the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Heart of the House Award
Of the many awards I've received this one has a special place in my heart. This is the Heart of the House Award given by Wellness Place in Hinsdale, the premier cancer support center in Illinois. This is the highest award they offer, and the tribute text was printed in a full-page ad in Chicago papers, sponsored by Harris Bank. Ms. Jeannie Cella, Executive Director of Wellness House presented the award to me in 2006.
The Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates
This is one of my favorite photographs of my wife of more than 25 years, the Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates.
Ormond McGill Award
The Ormond McGill Award is given by the National Guild of Hypnotists to the Best Educator at the previous year's convention, selected by vote of the 1000-2000 professionals who attended. I received this award in 2013 in recognition of my teaching at the 2012 convention.
As I make a large number of hours available for potential client consultation, I work form a home office that allows me to easily flex around the schedules of my clients. This is what the building looks like from the outside. For architecture and construction fans, it's a 1960s vintage Front-Back Split Level and is solid brick. They don't build them that way anymore.
After many years of working in a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, I like the idea of a graduated approach to the building entrance. As you come up my driveway you will see a large shade garden anchored b a retaining wall and tons of flagstone. I occasionally find clients waiting for me outside in the swinging chair.
The Celtic Cross is my favorite sort of cross and I've always had one in front of my home. This example rests by the Crimson Maple Tree in the Shade Garden.
As my wife and I are cat lovers, a statue of a Zen Cat sits meditating in our Shade Garden.