FP fans, meet Hermeisha Hopson, a therapist in Jacksonville, NC!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Clients have described the style of my office as classy but comfortable and that is exactly what I was going for.
I wanted to create a space that sent a message that I care about how they feel when they walk in my office, and show them that this is just a representation of the high quality of service I provide.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
Being that many of my clients are military families and I am working to reach more minorities and people of color who, for various reasons, experience different barriers that hinder them from receiving quality counseling.
I wanted to create a space where they felt cared for, are inspired, and experience world class customer service.
In my opinion, it seems like a bit of an injustice to have a nicely decorated office and provide poor, unprofessional services.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
The waterfall machine has been a soothing comfort in the office, along with the chaise that clients love to stretch out on.
I provide bottled water and I am adding a small refrigerator and Keurig for other refreshment option purposes.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I invested in a professional interior designer who helped create the feel I was going for, as well as maximize the space I was working with. I worked with Ellie McIntosh at EllieMAC Designs in Jacksonville, NC. She was very intentional about which items and colors I added to create an open space concept.
I love that I can change items on my shelves and play with different color schemes throughout the year as well.
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?
I would say in general, think about the type of feel you want your clients to experience when they walk into your office.
This I believe, can form as an introduction to who you are and send a strong positive message to your clients that you are not only intentional about making sure they feel comfortable and safe in your office, but are confident about the services you provide that will meet their needs.