FP fans, meet Nicole Stone, a therapist in Raleigh, NC!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I’d describe my office as warm and inviting. When my clients transitioned with me from our old office to this one, several of them commented on how welcoming and soothing it felt. One client even said she felt like she was “healed as soon as I walked in!”
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I love that my space feels calming for my clients. The warm gray walls really help with that, as well as the comfort of the couches and cozy lighting.
I hope my clients always feel comfortable in my office, like they could kick off their shoes and sit however they want—which is definitely what I do!
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
We have a waiting area with a Keurig and filtered water for clients, as well as a little candy dish. They seem to really enjoy the Werther’s the best.
In the office, I have a cool little coffee table with glass top, so I store blankets in the top drawer for the visual effect and for clients who’d like one. I haven’t had anyone ask because I also keep the room warm in the winter with a little space heater, which I love.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
Then, I scoured home décor stores for pieces I loved that fit my design idea. The waiting room I did in cooler colors for some calm and serenity as you walk in, and we found a great deal on a console table with drawers at Home Goods for the coffee and candy station.
I also have an old iPhone of mine docked on a speaker out there for playing our favorite Spotify playlists.
In my office, I knew I wanted some bold colors and went with pink/teal because I’m girly and they’re my favorites. I’m here all day long so I wanted to love it.
I found the wall art and some big throw pillows first, then started adding in accents as I found some that fit my style.
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?
Look for examples! I was so excited to hear about Fresh Practice because I wish I had had something like it to reference when I was planning out my space.
Keep the photos that you like on hand as you look through stores, and don’t feel pressured to buy something that isn’t perfect. I held out for this perfect coffee table (I love it!) and am so glad I didn’t just fill the space with something only half-way what I wanted.
You can always adjust as you go and spend time in the office, so you also don’t need to get it exactly right immediately. Mine has evolved over time in good ways.
Another thing, start with the big furniture and art pieces you have, then gradually work smaller and smaller. Once you have the bones it’s a lot easier to fill in the smaller spaces.
Nicole Stone is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in Raleigh, NC…