FP fans, meet Danielle Kepler, a therapist in Chicago, IL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I’d describe the style of my office as modern industrial. My office building was built in the late 1800s with Romanesque architecture and I wanted to keep some of that theme in my office. I plan to take photographs of some of the architecture in the building and frame them as wall art soon.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I am hoping my office gives client a soothing but interesting vibe.
I feel most at ease when offices are free of clutter so I try to keep that to a minimum by having a paperless office and having lots of storage.
My old office space was very dark so I hope my office also gives clients a light and energized feeling.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I have offer clients coffee, water, and tea and have a blanket for clients to use if they get cold. I also have a Tangle ‘fidget’ for those clients that need something to play with to stay focused.
I also have a charging station for clients to charge their cell phones.
Since I often give clients worksheets or writing prompts I have clipboards and pens as well. I also have a mini fridge for snacks/drinks but that’s just for me. 🙂
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I initially asked other therapists on Facebook to show me pictures of their offices for inspiration but quickly got overwhelmed. I normally am against hiring outside help, but I recognized early on that decorating was not my strength.
I hired a local designer who was able to help me come up with a vision, scoured the internet and provided me with 4 or so options for each piece that I ultimately picked out and bought myself.
I also hired a painter/someone to put together my furniture. This saved me lots of time since I did not want to stop seeing clients in my other office while I was decorating.
My designer’s name is Kari Jordan: www.jordan-design.com.
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?
Don’t be afraid to ask others for help! Hiring a designer to help me get focused was the best thing I could have done. The designer helped me to narrow down my choices but also gave me the freedom to pick items out myself.
She also had the know-how that I did not have and took me to test out chairs and couches. I went from not knowing at all what I wanted to a beautifully furnished office space in two weeks.
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Danielle Kepler is an LCPC in downtown Chicago, IL…
Danielle Kepler sees individual adults and couples, including adults struggling with anxiety, life transitions, and depression as well as couples looking to improve their relationships/marriages.
She primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy and accepts all major insurance plans.
You can learn more about her practice at: