FP fans, meet Kate Farrell, a therapist in Chicago, IL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
The style draws from Scandinavian, minimalist, and Pacific Northwest influences. Others have described the office as cloud-like. I would describe it as unique.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
This is a space designed to feel safe and inspire a sense of clarity for patients.
A well-designed space sets the groundwork for people to create safe and loving environments outside the office, which hopefully communicates a vibe that is open and kind.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes, the coffee table is always stocked with candy and Silly Putty. The faux fireplace is also a favorite cozy piece in the office.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
Remodeling the floor and painting the walls I had done prior to reaching out to Homepolish. They offer interior design by the hour by connecting you with a designer.
Crystal Hodges was the designer I worked with, and she really brought the space to life, and made it what it is. Having someone support the process helped a lot.
If you feel stuck, I highly recommend Homepolish as an affordable resource for interior design by the hour, and are wonderful to work with.
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?
Try to have some fun and enjoy the process. Changing your office environment can do wonders for how you feel.
Imagine what kind of space you want to work in everyday, and how you want to feel in that space. Keep it simple, and keep it cozy.
Kate Farrell is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Chicago, IL…
She works with adults for individual and couples psychotherapy. Learn more about her practice at: katefarrell-lcpc.com
And read more about Kate’s office and her office design process here: A Calming Chicago Office for a Therapist