FP fans, meet Megan Negendank, a therapist in Sacramento, CA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
My office is bright and pretty with lots of light.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my clients feel comfortable and connected in my space. I love my windows, which let in a lot of natural light and views of the trees outside.
My clients often comment that they feel peaceful in my office and that they love the décor.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I have filtered water available for my clients as well as a comfy blanket if they get chilly. I have a sound machine both outside my door and inside my space.
I was nervous about putting the sound machine inside my office at first because I didn’t want to overpower our voices, but I did want to drown out some street noise. Clients have liked having the white noise inside the office and some have even purchased sound machines of their own!
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I had been dreaming of my own space since I graduated. I love decorating and couldn’t wait to make a space my own.
I became licensed in May 2016 and many of the offices available in town seemed cold and sterile. When I found this office, located on the second story of a Victorian and just steps away from the Capitol building, I knew it was the one. I signed a lease that week and (with the help of my husband) spent one week shopping, building furniture, and hanging paintings.
I was nervous about opening my new business and that came out in some perfectionism as I fixated on getting everything “just right.” The first words out of the mouth of my first client in my new office were,“ This is a beautiful office.” They had no idea how much that meant to me.
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?
Get creative with the décor and let your office represent you. Finding pieces and details that felt like “me” really made my space feel like home.
For me, this isn’t just about decorating–it’s about creating a space where I can do my best work.
When I feel grounded and connected to my space, I feel more connected to myself–allowing me to be truly present with my clients.
Megan Negendank is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in Sacramento, CA…
She works with individuals and couples to help them improve their lives and relationships.