FP fans, meet Melissa DaSilva, a therapist from Providence, RI!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe my office spaces as “Up-cycle Chic”. I would say that 80% of the items in my offices are second hand. I don’t believe in buying something new if there is a used option out there.
I am an artist on the side, and I create Up-cycled pieces. These offices are an extension of my art.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
Clients get a calm vibe when entering. They have the option to serve themselves soda or coffee and sometimes a little snack.
I wanted my client to feel as if therapy is a luxury, not a dreaded thing to have to attend.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
When I moved into this space, creatures of comfort were in the forefront. I have a client that enjoys putting their feet up during our sessions, so I got an ottoman. I have made weighted blankets for clients to use in session or to borrow.
I believe one of the biggest assets in my office space is Brutus, my therapy dog. He is a Hairy Pug with a whole lot of love to share.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed my office spaces. I know that I wanted a combination on blues, whites and light turquoise to match my brand colors.
From there I went to tag sales, flea markets and Craigslist to find the pieces that would fit my idea.
If I found a piece that didn’t match, but the size was right, I reupholstered it or painted the item to make it work.
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 sure the style is something you can be proud of and something you don’t mind looking at most days.
You don’t need a lot of money to decorate your space, you just need some imagination and a measuring tape.
I would like to note that these pictures of my office space were taken my Emmett Teter. This person does some great photography work!
Melissa DaSilva, LICSW is a licensed therapist in private practice located in Providence, RI…
She is the owner/president of her group practice, East Coast Mental Wellness.
She is also the founder and host of an upcoming podcast “Pride Connections”.
Melissa has been a therapist for over 10 years, is an advocate for LGBT rights and public speaker.
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