FP fans, meet Nikki Lancaster, a therapist in Chicago, IL!
1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I’d say “cozy nerdcore with a dash of Steampunk Victoriana,” LOL. My initial thought was to combine an apothecary shoppe with Hogwarts!
I was inspired by rich, lush reds and Hindu gods. I don’t want the gentle blues and greens most people associate with mindfulness, I wanted temple reds.
From there I thought to add rich browns – normally I hate brown, but that gave it a cozy “Victorian office” kind of feeling.
2. WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
Warm and luxurious while quirky and artistic.
3. DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes! I have a bottle-less water cooler that dispenses cold, room temperature, or hot water. I also provide bottled water, teas, coffee, and a bowl of chocolates in the waiting room.
4. WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I did it all. I even made the coasters, decorated clipboards, and commissioned the art work.
The Chalk Girl designed my logo, as well as the sketch of Florence and the feelings wheel. I’m absolutely crazy about those pieces.
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?
Authenticity is key. Think about what you love and helps you feel the way you want your clients to feel. From there, bridge the gap from you to them.
For instance, my very favorite color is red, which is warm and womb-like. However, I specialize in trauma, and it could make someone feel closed in or remind them of blood if it’s too harsh.
So from my starting point of my favorite color, and the kind of mysterious but cozy old-world feeling I love, I wanted to soften it up.
I work with a lot of artists and punks, and they love the hidden references to Hellraiser and Silence of the Lambs I have in my office, but you’re not missing the joke if you’ve never seen either movie.
Nikki Lancaster is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Chicago, IL…
She specializes in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma, couples counseling, the LGBTQ community, and artistic adults.
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