FP fans, meet Chelsea Hudson, a therapist in Chicago, IL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the style as bright and calm. I chose a serene blue color for the walls, mid-century modern chairs and white furnishings to create a sense of elegance and softness in the room.
I ensured that the colors in my chosen palette of blue, white and grey flowed with continuity throughout the office to promote a sense of connection.
As my therapy office is situated in the center of Chicago’s busy downtown area, the walls are decorated with photographs of the Chicago skyline as well as a peaceful abstract painting to reinforce my goal of providing a space of tranquility in the heart of a bustling city.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope that my office gives a mood-elevating and hopeful vibe.
As a therapist, I aim to provide clients with a sense of hope and help lighten whatever emotional load they are carrying with them that day.
I feel that my office reflects my optimistic personality and because I feel comfortable and at home in the space, I can be my most authentic self with my clients.
I also hope that my office can act as a temporary sanctuary within the city. Chicago has regular grey skies and bitterly cold days. Therefore, my hope is that when a client enters my office, they forget for an hour that they just walked in from the cold and chaotic elements of the city, and leave feeling relaxed and renewed to tackle the rest of their day.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I have a beautiful pottery water fountain, a Laguna scented Voluspa candle, a soft throw over the sofa, and a mindfulness coloring book on the coffee table. The water fountain creates a soothing backdrop and is also a useful anchor for mindfulness activities.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
My husband was phenomenal in bringing my dream office to life. He works as a Veterinarian but also has a passion for décor and design. I was so grateful for all his help in meticulously selecting furniture, personally photographing the pictures on my wall, and branding pens and mugs for me with the logo he also designed for my business.
His goal was to create a space for me where I could feel comfortable, do my best work, and also provide a professional and thoughtful space for clients.
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?
My advice would be to start with a color palette consisting of a few colors and ensure that those colors flow throughout the room. Purchase your main furniture before deciding on accessories.
When I was thinking about the vibe I wanted to create in my office, I considered my client population and imagined a space where they would feel most comfortable.
Chelsea Hudson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Chicago, IL…
She specializes in treating Eating Disorders, OCD, anxiety and trauma.