FP fans, meet Deb Owens, a therapist in Philadelphia, PA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Modern meets traditional. With 6 tall windows the sunlight is the main feature.
Soft blues, teals, and dark wood furniture compliment that vibe. Art work and a few plants add a touch of green, white, and silver.
I love having the original hard wood floors but an area rug is necessary both for warmth and to absorb sound. Fresh flowers from my garden or a nearby florist is so worth the minor expense.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
It’s way larger than most therapy offices which can be a plus for couples or those who need to feel less confined.
I strive for a mix of professional and casual. Clients can choose to sit on the couch or a chair. Since I use a swivel chair that allows me to reorient accordingly.
A round glass coffee table centers the room. It holds the usual tissues, coasters, and a small clock so that, if desired, clients can keep track of the time. I dislike the cardboard look of a tissue box so found a nice Chevron sleeve for it on Etsy.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
There’s hot and cold beverages available in the waiting room which includes a vintage Mad Men era wood cabinet that functions as a refrigerator.
The wait area boasts two large windows overlooking the city scape. The décor includes several tall floor plants and framed photos of this historic building from how it appeared when built. That was pre World War II.
My suite has two rest rooms and a conference room I sometimes use for my monthly clinical supervision group or when doing private practice coaching in person or on-line.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I did it all. A few colleagues have weighed in with opinions when I was about to purchase new 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?
If you have a view, let your clients be the ones who face it.
Remember you’ll spend a lot of hours there so it should be comfortable for you and have a set up that allows you to manage the needs of your therapy practice.
While most resources I suggest to enhance therapy these days can be handled digitally, I still have room set aside for handouts on managing anxiety and relationship skills. A tall cabinet with drawers comes in handy for that purpose.
Deb Owens is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Philadelphia area…
She specializes in couples and marriage counseling, anxiety therapy, and those effected by their own or loved one’s alcohol or substance use.
Her practice is in Chestnut Hill, a village like section of Philadelphia bordering the suburbs of Montgomery County, PA. Her counseling office is surrounded by galleries, cafes, and shops and adjacent to a train station into Center City.
You can learn more about her practice at: