FP fans, meet Karen Sullivan, a therapist in Pinehurst, NC!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Modern, artful, colorful, cheery, soothing, respectful and hopeful.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
That they are respected! That they deserve the highest quality and most beautiful furnishings and objects I can afford.
That they will surrounded by beauty and comfort when they trust me and my staff to help them. I want them to feel special and welcomed. I want my office to be an oasis in perhaps an otherwise difficult day.
My goal is to have patients feel that they have received respite for all their senses and are full of hope when they walk out of our office.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Aromatherapy and coffee. What more do you need!
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
Me with the help from some very special people! My mom made the stained glass door we have in our waiting room. She is a social worker and knows the importance of creating a welcoming and beautiful experience for patients seeking mental health care.
A close friend and amazing artist’s paintings set the tone for the design: John K. Guthrie
I believe in having original artwork in the office. Art reminds us of our gentler, less critical side and to appreciate aesthetic and feelings.
My husband, Spencer, is also a huge supporter of making the office as beautiful and welcoming as possible. He is an artist and gives me great feedback about what works and what doesn’t. We also would not have anything to sit on or write at without his tireless energy to put together all of our chairs, desks and tables!
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?
Make your office look and feel the way YOU want it to look. You don’t need to follow any rules about what a “therapy office” should look like. It doesn’t need to have a fountain or framed inspirational quotes.
Be mindful of what you want to portray to your patients, have a unique point of view and have fun.
For me, designing my office was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of opening my practice. Really get into it!
Karen Sullivan, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical neuropsychologist in Pinehurst, NC…
She also sees therapy patients and has seven other providers that evaluate and treat patients.
Photo courtesy of Diana Matthews Photography