FP fans, meet Siegal Eli-Gers, a therapist in Evanston, IL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Warm and comfortable, I wanted a space that was soothing, but with interesting design elements, such as my book shelf made from plumbing pipes, or various Chicago images (that were taken by family members).
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope that it gives a comfortable and supportive energy. I want it to be a place you can be both vulnerable and feel strong.
My office needs to appeal to adolescents and adults, so I had to have the right combination of relaxed and professional.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes, I have water, tea, hot chocolate, and some treats in the waiting room.
In my office, I always have candy. I have a soft fuzzy blanket, and I have lots of manipulatives: kinetic sand, slinky, stress balls, magnetic toys, silly putty, sketch paper, crayons, and markers.
I do a lot of work with adolescents, and young adults and use the manipulatives to practice grounding techniques, and for many it helps with focus as we address tough issues.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
My incredibly talented designer and friend Amanda Darlington. She was super easy to work with, she helped me pick out things, and helped me figure out how to set it all up. She also refinished some pieces in the office, and built a few.
She built the tray on my ottoman, and the magnetic chalkboard in my waiting room. She also found reclaimed wood for my bookshelf. She was able to work with my budget and find incredible pieces to tie it all together.
Amanda Darlington can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Do a lot of looking on Pinterest and online and figuring out what things you like, then hire Amanda and she can help you pull it all together.
Don’t be afraid to mix colors, I would never have thought to put coral pillows with a grey couch, but I love it and think it brings a great amount of color to the space.
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Siegal Eli-Gers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a practice in downtown Evanston, IL…
She has been in practice for 11+ years.
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