FP fans, meet Kim Piasecki, a therapist in Germantown, MD!
1)HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Our therapy office has a fresh, modern style, with a cozy vibe. Clients and colleagues have often complimented us on the choice of colors and décor. Art work and earth tone colors reveal a cohesive theme of trees and nature, to reflect the name of our therapy space – The Dreaming Tree Counseling.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I would like our clients to feel that our space is a welcoming, no-fuss environment, where they can feel comfortable to be themselves. They have said they feel relaxed and “at home” in the space. I hope they find the references to nature soothing.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Our clients can enjoy coffee, tea and filtered water whenever they come to our office.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
My husband and I renovated the office suite to create a floorplan that provides ideal therapy spaces and an ample waiting room. Privacy is achieved using sound-deadening wall insulation, white noise machines, a flowing water feature, music, and a separation between entrances to offices and the waiting room.
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?
Privacy is paramount in a therapy practice. Sound-deadening insulation, white noise machines, music and water features in the waiting room all serve to enhance privacy.
In terms of decorating, it’s important to keep it simple. Start with a theme, and base your color scheme, furniture choices and décor on the theme. The theme should flow from room to room. Give thought to how the space appears from various vantage points in the room.
Lighting is important. It’s good to have multiple light sources, such as built-in overhead and lamps. Overhead lighting should be dimmable. Fluorescent lighting should be eliminated in favor of warm incandescent or LED lighting. Keep colors soothing, not too bright or loud.
Seating should be comfortable, durable and easy to clean. The generous use of pillows is a great way to add color, and provide clients with something to hold, support their back, etc.
If you’re doing couples therapy, make sure you have at least two chairs that are easily moved, so you can have partners face one another.
Kim W. Piasecki, MS, LCPC is a Licensed clinical professional counselor with a practice in Germantown, MD…
She specializes in couples therapy.
You can learn more about her Maryland practice, The Dreaming Tree Counseling, at: