FP fans, meet Katrina Taylor, a therapist from Austin, TX!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
My office is a self-contained suite with a waiting room, therapy room, kitchenette and bathroom so it really feels like a private oasis.
The most striking feature of the space is the limestone wall that runs the full length of the therapy room. I see the stone as a way of bringing the outdoors in while evoking a sense of history and depth. I continued the connection to nature by adding plenty of live plants.
In terms of furnishings and décor I strive for a style that I would describe as rich in textures and colors, organic, timeless, and peaceful.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my office feels warm, inviting, and secure to my clients. It’s important to me that my space feel both comfortable and containing, to allow clients to delve into the depth of their stories and experiences.
I hope there’s the sense of leaving the outside world behind for an hour and entering a space where we can co-create a new kind of experience.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes, in my kitchenette I have a station with water, tea, and coffee drinks. I also keep a blanket in my therapy room for those who get cold or need some extra comfort.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed and decorated the space myself. When I was looking at certain pieces, such as the couch and rug, I did receive feedback from colleagues which was helpful in making decisions.
When I’m putting together a room, whether in my home or office I tend to have a mental image of how I want it to look. Then it’s a matter of combining pieces into a cohesive whole.
Something that has helped me develop my style over the years is seeking inspiration in design blogs and magazines.
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 to other therapists is to be true to their own styles.
Our offices are an opportunity for the authentic expression of us, and our personalities. When a space is aligned with our tastes and preferences there is a feeling of being at home in it.
I notice my own feeling of “home away from home” when I’m in my office. There is a sense of comfort and congruence in working there.
I also recommend embracing how you like to purchase and decorate. For example, I’ve enjoyed vintage shopping for decades; I like the process of browsing resale stores to find interesting pieces.
I found the two blue velvet chairs at a local furniture store which refurbishes old pieces. And I can be a bit of an eBay fanatic, searching and searching until I find the right piece. I purchased both the Turkish rug and Ekornes chair on eBay.
A final piece of advice, invest in a comfortable and ergonomic therapist chair. We do a lot of sitting in our work and deserve to feel comfortable.
Katrina Taylor is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) in Austin, TX…
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