FP fans, meet Charryse Johnson, a therapist from Charlotte, NC!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the design as warm and inviting space with lots of natural light and neutral colors to bring balance.
It’s vibrant yet soothing and filled with small aesthetic embellishments to engage the full spectrum of my clients’ moods and senses. Others describe it as warm and invigorating with clean lines and attention to detail.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my office gives my therapy clients comfort, warmth, and hope.
In some regards I broke the traditional rules of counseling décor by choosing a vibrant red as a main color. It was a gamble but has definitely paid off. I distinctly remember telling myself if I loved my space, so would my clients.
I’ve received great feedback from both my male and female clients, as well as my adolescent and adult clients. It was important to me that each of my clients looked around and saw something in which they could identify.
My teens love that small basket under the table where I keep a few games. Several of my visually stimulated clients enjoy staring at the large abstract painting or the softness of the textured lighting around the room.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes! The space is filled with lots of subtle little “creature comforts” for clients. There are two different sound machines, one outside of the door into the main hallway, and one inside that has a wider variety of settings.
I use Young Living essential oils within my practice and often diffuse specific scents based on the nature of the work I am doing with clients. I’ve found this to be highly effective and done in a tasteful way that doesn’t overwhelm my clients. Some of the other clinicians in my building will even come visit to “soak up” the atmosphere.
Textures can also be found around the room in various blankets and pillows and in some of the lighting choices.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I originally sought out help from design professionals because I was terrified to decorate on my own. However, I quickly realized their ideas were wonderful yet taking me in a direction outside of my budget and my vision for the space.
So I took a leap of faith and drafted a design of my own. It was a challenging yet empowering process and I’m so pleased with how it all came together.
Two of my long -time friends were directly responsible for the designs on some of the main pieces. My desk and hutch/shelf were repurposed and designed by Alicia Slayton from Organize Create Decorate.
Additionally, the large canvas painting that is a central focus of the space was done by Katrina Nixon.
I absolutely love having their work of arts in my space and a few other sentiments around the room were given to me by friends and hold a special place in my heart. It’s powerful to look around the space and view pieces that have meaning.
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?
In my opinion, it’s so important to trust your instincts and not be afraid to go with the design scheme that you really desire. While the space is meant to serve the needs of clients, it should also be a space that you enjoy. It’s a great opportunity to visually depict the nature of your personality and counseling philosophy.
Determine your budget, be creative, and find a few pieces to center your design around. For example, my desk and hutch were two major pieces that I already owned and used in my home office. I worked around these pieces and embellished the color scheme from there.
Finally, don’t be afraid to consign or thrift to help design your space. About 70% of my office features were beautifully repurposed. The couch and oversized chair were thrifted for under $200 and I repurposed them with chalk paint to bring them back to life.
Charryse Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Charlotte, NC…