FP fans, meet Nathan Hansen, a therapist in Grandville, MI!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe my office as having mid-century and industrial look. It’s clutter free, it has clean lines, and warm and inviting textures and colors.
Since my office does not have windows I’ve brought in elements of nature inside via artwork, plant arrangements and even a faux fur rug to create an anchor for dividing the office I have.
It’s quite large so when clients walk in they first encounter the counseling space. Beyond the counseling space is the area where my desk sits as well as a small kitchenette which serves as my hospitality area.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I set out to design a comfortable, clean, relaxing, and distraction free environment where it feels like it could be a living room in a home.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
When clients first enter my suite they have the opportunity to relax at various styles of seating and a sound machine playing soothing sounds.
Upon entering my office I always offer coffee, hot cocoa, cappuccino and tea prepared by my Keurig machine. I also have a mini fridge stocked with bottled water and naturally flavored sparkling water.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed and created most of the design of my office.
However, a sister-in-law of mine, Veronica Hamlet, owns an interior design company Semikah Textiles. She graciously helped me finish the look by suggesting a theme for decorative items, the style of rug, and the wall table element.
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?
It can be quite overwhelming to think about how to design your space.
However, it is your space and it should reflect you in conjunction with an atmosphere and milieu conducive for counseling.
When I was starting out my designer created a mood board with me. A mood board is a poster board or digital file containing images of furniture, decor, art pieces, etc that represent the vibe or style you’re going for. It does not have to be the exact pieces you use just representations of what you’re looking to have.
I just snagged a lot of images from various websites as well as took pictures of furniture when I went into local stores.
Once you have your style figured out, focus on your financial budget and the amount of time you want to complete your space. If you have the budget to hire a designer go for it – just make sure you understand creative folks. More often than not, they tend to work on a different time table than what you may be used to.
Also, understand you may spend a fair amount of time returning items to stores and finding a vehicle to transport larger items items if you don’t have one.
I bought both new and used pieces so don’t feel like you have to have all new stuff. I also used a local upholsterer who helped me put a new luxury material on the metal chairs in my counseling space.
My Steelcase Tanker desk was purchased on Craigslist. Some of my other design elements were purchased at local stores.
Nathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) & Limited License Professional Counselor (LLPC) Supervisor in Grandville, MI…
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