FP fans, meet Tres Adames, a therapist in Peoria, AZ!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Clients have described my office as cozy, which is exactly what my intention was when I designed it.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I wanted my office to look mature, but also comforting and inviting.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I have a white noise machine I use during sessions. I have water and coffee available in the lobby for clients. I also play soft instrumental music to set the mood.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I decorated my own office, but was greatly inspired by Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, California. The hotel reflects the Arts and Crafts Movement of the 19th Century.
The City of Phoenix has many historic buildings downtown that were built during this same period and have the same design. I wanted to showcase the historical and cultural feel of Phoenix (and Arizona as a whole) in a refreshing way by moving beyond the stereotypical southwestern style.
To start, I centered the overall colors around the large wooden doors that were already installed when I moved into the office. I chose to emphasize medium browns, warm colors, and a deep red as the highlight.
Displayed are several vintage posters from National Parks and Monuments throughout Arizona. Tiffany lamps add an elegant touch.
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?
Think of places you already enjoy being and emulate that style. Look through as many pictures as you can to get ideas.
Consider what you personally find appealing and the visual environment you want to work in.
Tres Adames is a Certified Pastoral Counselor (MDiv, BCPC) in Peoria, AZ, a Phoenix suburb…
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