FP fans, meet Kelly Haase, a therapist in Saint Paul, MN!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I wanted my office to be a place of calm and peace in the midst of all the chaos and overwhelming feelings that we experience in the world.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I also wanted to create a homeiness (not a word, but should be) feel where families can experience safety and learn to communicate in new ways.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
My practice is named In Tandem Counseling because I believe that we were created to work together in this world.
My greatest desire is for authenticity. This office space is authentically me, and I am hoping that it helps to translate a sense of acceptance and non-judgment that allows others to settle in to expressing their authentic selves without judgment.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Some of the greatest conversations happen surrounded by a warm fuzzy blanket, candy, stuffed animals, hot tea or cold water, and plenty of fidgets to help us manage that need to shift and shuffle!
Each time I meet a new client, as they walk into my office I tell them to “make yourself at home.” And I really mean it.
I love when clients kick off their shoes, curl up with a blanket and settle into the couch with some fidgets.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed it; and it was a work in progress. It started with some blankets and pillow accents in an office where I did not get to choose the furniture.
When I started a private practice, I built my design around the color schemes of those pillows and blankets. The artwork is all personal to me, either created by friends or local artists, and some photos I took while traveling.
And one of the best additions is the serene water feature my husband made since I couldn’t find one I liked in stores.
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?
It is ok for it to take some time. I started out with a hand-me-down couch and chairs that were not my “perfect” furniture.
At that time, I built my space through accents, artwork, and accessories until I could afford and find the furniture I wanted. When I started out I had two chairs and a full size couch.
As I watched families experience discomfort, all sitting on the same couch in a row, realized I would rather have 2 smaller couches to help people be able to see one another.
Best news: change is always possible! If you don’t like something, it’s ok to admit it and find something different.