FP fans, meet Bianca VonBank, a therapist in New York, NY!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe my office as relaxed, cozy, and eclectic. Aesthetically, I tend to be drawn to quirky, fun items as well as all things gold!
When decorating my space, it was very important to me not to have a formal, stuffy, therapy office. You won’t be finding any Freudian couches or Rorschach ink blots here!
I work with a lot of young women in their 20’s and I wanted to create a space that felt on trend, feminine, and relaxing.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my office creates good vibes of course! I hope clients feel comfortable, relaxed, and at ease.
Starting therapy can oftentimes be intimidating and scary so I am always striving to give my office approachable and welcoming vibes.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Absolutely! These were the items I had the most fun purchasing! I keep a sound machine running by my door so clients feel safe and that anything they say during session won’t be overheard outside the office.
I am huge fan of fragrance and always have an electronic oil diffuser pumping out lavender essential oils. It’s not uncommon for clients to walk in my office and say “it smells so good in here!” While it’s nice to have a yummy smelling office, lavender essential oil has been shown to reduce anxiety and emotional stress as well as calm the nervous system.
I keep a box by the couch filled with items to help my clients to stay present and grounded. In it you will find essential oils, play doh, a slinky, and therapy balls. Oftentimes clients like having something to do with their hands when they are feeling anxious or squirmy. It also helps with clients that dissociate.
Lastly, as a behavioral therapist I keep a reinforcement box! Depending on the client or treatment goals I will give reinforcement in the form of stickers, journals, affirmation cards and candy. The affirmation cards are a big hit!
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I did! The therapist I took the office from left the furniture which was a huge help.
Because my office is in NYC I had to be very mindful of the limited space and find small space solutions. I love decorating and styling so hitting up stores like Homegoods, Target, and West Elm helped bring the space together.
Pinterest and blogs such as Domino, Apartment Therapy, and Elle Decor were great sources for decor inspo.
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?
Having a great therapy space doesn’t have to cost a lot of money! When starting a practice, investing money in your business can be stressful.
While it’s good to invest in yourself, I think finding inexpensive ways to create a space that you look forward to working in and feels good, doesn’t need to be too complicated.
Homegoods, Target, Craigslist, and Thrift stores are a great way to achieve a good looking space you can put your stamp on without putting a big dent in your bank account.
Bianca VonBank is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in New York, NY…
She specializes in using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and women’s issues.