FP fans, meet Kari Ann Greaves, a therapist from Wethersfield, CT!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
When I initially imagined our space, I wanted it to have a spa like feel that was calm and relaxing. I understand that attending therapy can be a difficult decision for some to make and wanted our clients to come in and feel safe, relieved, and relaxed.
I created places that appear like “living rooms” to provide our clients with a style that is comfortable and inviting.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
Our therapy clients find our space to be soothing and relaxing. Some of our clients describe our space as their safe place where they feel comfortable talking. Other clients have discussed feeling empowered and inspiring.
Each room has a different color scheme with little trinkets from various trips I have taken as well as beautiful artwork that engages conversation in some sessions. Our conference room is filled with words that elicit strength and promote growth.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
We provide water and mints in our waiting room. Mint is known to help reduce stress and helps in decreasing anxiety so I like to offer both to welcome clients and help them feel calm.
We also offer coffee and tea at the beginning of sessions. Each room has stress relief hand sanitizer, scented hand lotions, and tissues.
There are soft pillows with various textures in each room that many of our clients hold on to during sessions. The sounds machines throughout the office play the sound of the ocean.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed our space on my own. I started each room with a focal point or small object and built my vision around them. Each room has a color palette/scheme that matches and is represented throughout the room.
I shopped at Pier 1, Pottery Barn, Homegoods, Target, Nordstrom, and little shops in Newport, RI. I included little trinkets from day trips, vacations, or random shopping trips and am always updating the rooms with them.
My husband helped put the furniture together and hung pictures on the walls. I would take our children to the office on multiple occasions to set stuff up and place things in the “perfect” order.
I also bought and returned many pieces of furniture and items until I found the right ones for each space.
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 think it is important to have your space reflect your personality and one that brings your joy.
When I walk into my office, I am excited to work in my space and grateful for my clients.
I would say to start with the basics such as a couch and chair and then build from there. You want to use your creativity to find items that represent your style and also provide comfort to your clients.
Kari Ann Greaves is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC) in Wethersfield, CT…
She is also a private practice building coach and consultant. You can learn more about her work at: