FP fans, meet Jennifer Hopes, a therapist in Bakersfield, CA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
It’s usually described by others as “modern chic.” I was simply aiming for something that captured the heart of who I am, while also speaking to my ideal client.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
First and foremost, I hope client’s feel a sense of calm and comfort. I think therapy can be this big scary endeavor, especially if new to the idea of it, so having a place that instantly puts you at ease and feels like home is so important.
I intentionally wanted lots of different mediums, colors, and textures for the space so that it gives it a bit more warmth and comfort.
After that, I want clients to get a sense that they’re in the right place for their concerns. I put a lot of thought into my ideal client and tried to create a space that I feel really represented their essence.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Oh yes. Going with the theme of comfort, I tried to think of everything I would want.
Clients have a coffee bar at their disposal, cold water, a lusciously soft blanket to cozy up to on the couch, a waterfall near their couch, and sound machines and an Alexa playing Ambient music throughout the office space to ensure their information is not overheard.
Kleenex – clients always comment (even in the midst of heavy crying) about how soft the tissues are. 🙂
In addition, the space is intentionally decorated with hardy plants and symbols of birds, both in flight and standing still. These are symbols that are near and dear to my heart and those of my clients.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I decorated the office space. I had a week to get moved in and I already had a good idea of what I wanted to do with the space. I was previously renting a fully furnished office, which was an amazing opportunity, but I was ready to really put my name on the space.
I still add to the space from time to time – I’m not sure that I will ever really be done with it, but I do love it!
My boyfriend gave some input here and there – he’s fantastic at design! My mom painted the office space and I will be eternally grateful for all of their help.
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?
To anyone getting ready to design an office space, don’t be impulsive. Think about what will suit your clients and also yourself.
Find a starting point – an image, a painting, a sculpture, a piece of furniture, anything that is going to give you a place to spark the creativity and give insight into your overall design. From that you can begin pulling colors and further honing in on what you’re aiming for.
Jennifer Hopes is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in Bakersfield, CA…