FP fans, meet Cyndi Turner, a therapist in Ashburn, VA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
At Insight Into Action Therapy (IIAT) we wanted to create a modern, spa-like feel where you can relax your guard and be open to the therapeutic process.
One thing clients and professionals comment on is that you will always hear laughter and joking in between sessions.
Life is serious but we all need to take a break and have some fun so that we can re-focus and turn insights into action.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
We hope that clients feel welcomed, safe, and a little pampered so they can get to work.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
IIAT offers a hospitality station with flavored Keureg coffees, teas, hot chocolate, and filtered water. We have soft blankets in the winter and comfy couches and where you can take your shoes off if you want. Of course, there are always tissues within and arm’s reach.
For our therapists, we have a full fridge with freezer and microwave. There are always healthy foods like fruit, cheese, nuts and granola bars, as well as chocolate when needed! Sometimes we even share with our clients.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
First, my business partner, Craig, and I searched for months to find the right location. We wanted a building that had 24-hour access to accommodate early morning, evening, and weekend sessions.
It had to be near restaurants, grocery store, shopping, and of course, a Starbucks. It had to have windows and en suite bathrooms.
The time looking paid off and we found a 2450 square foot shell space that was an end unit with three walls of windows. We were able to build out the unit for our needs.
Next, Craig, gave me full reign in decorating. I took into account what types of sessions each therapist would be having: individual, family, couples or group therapy, psychological testing or play therapy.
We encouraged input from each of our therapists and asked them to add their personal touches with decorations. Some have family pictures, favorite sayings on wall art, and accessories that reflect their tastes.
I have a water feature that offers a soothing background noise. Each picked out lamps instead of fluorescent overhead lighting.
We wanted the space to be cohesive but individualized. We did this by having similar tones in the hallways, same carpet throughout, consistent wood moldings, and three choices of paint colors.
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?
HomeGoods is your friend! Don’t feel like you have to do it all at once or spend a fortune to do it.
Your mood and tastes will change as the seasons do. Pillows and accessories are a great way to update on a budget!
I was afraid of painting the walls. When I saw the color called “Blue Cruise” I couldn’t resist. One client dealing with high actually walked into my new office the first time and burst into tears saying, “It’s so relaxing and pretty in here. I want a room that feels like this in my house.”
A last thought: saving thousands on installing tile ourselves in the bathrooms sounded like a great idea. It looks beautiful, but next time I’m paying a professional!
Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC and Craig James, LCSW, MAC founded Insight Into Action Therapy…
They also co-developed the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program©. IIAT is a group of licensed clinicians with specialties in dual diagnosis treatment, psychological testing, and individual, couples, family, and play therapy.
Cyndi is the author of Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough.
Their main office is located in Ashburn, VA with a satellite location in Fairfax, VA.