FP fans, meet Dr. Emily Cook, a therapist in Bethesda, MD!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
My therapy office style is classic, comfortable, peaceful, welcoming, and light hearted. I intentionally mix traditional furniture pieces, like tufted back sofas and large sisal rugs, with modern accents, like mid-century desks and modern lamps, to give the office an overall feel that is both timeless and fresh.
The style is curated: elements of each office are from a variety of retailers, from West Elm chairs to Ikea bookcases to Minted artwork.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my office helps clients feel comfortable, as if they were meeting in someone’s well-appointed living room. Big windows overlooking a tree-lined street bring the sunshine, and several green plants in each room liven up the spaces.
The vibe is welcoming, where serious and important work can be done in a safe environment.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Absolutely! In the waiting room clients are welcome to cold water, hot tea and Keurig coffee, and Hershey’s chocolate nuggets. Each office’s sofa has down pillows and a throw blanket for comfort.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I did most of the design and decorating vision myself, but it definitely evolved over time as my practice (and decorating budget!) expanded. The following three photos show examples of the evolution of my space.
This was my office when I first opened my practice, where I only rented one room in a suite with other therapists. The yellow loveseat was a Craigslist find, the therapist chair is from West Elm, the file cabinet/side table is from Ikea, and the art is from World Market.
When my practice grew, we moved locations to our own suite of three offices. The original furniture from my first location was split up among several new therapy rooms. The yellow loveseat stayed in this office, but I swapped the art work for a mirror and added extra seating. We also added an area rug and a doored cabinet for books and supplies.
After using the loveseat for over a year, I upgraded to a bigger sofa that would be more comfortable for couple and family clients. Changing the color of the seating from yellow to gray makes the rug pop! We also added a corner desk, and the spare seating for clients now also serves as the desk chair.
5) ANY ADVICE FOR THERAPISTS WHO ARE JUST STARTING OUT AND DESIGNING THEIR OFFICE FOR THE FIRST TIME, OR SEASONED THERAPISTS LOOKING TO REDESIGN THEIR OFFICES?
My biggest piece of advice is to invest in the furniture that will get the most use: your therapist chair and seating for clients. But be careful—just because something is expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean it is high quality.
Dr. Emily Cook is a licensed MFT in downtown Bethesda, MD…
Emily Cook Therapy is her counseling practice that specializes in helping couples, families, and individuals repair and enrich relationships.
Their diverse and experienced group of professional counselors and marriage and family therapists are available for morning, afternoon, and evening appointments during the week, as well as on weekends.
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