FP fans, meet Jennifer Rollin, a therapist in Rockville, MD!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
My therapy office vibe is a mix of glam, modern, and eclectic pieces. I choose tufted velvet couches for the waiting room and my office, which are plush and inviting. The main color scheme is grey and neutrals with pops of gold.
I have inspirational quotes throughout my office. As an eating disorder and body image therapist, my personal favorite quote is a framed photo I have in my office that says, “You are not more valuable if you take up less space.” Because our culture teaches us that our value comes in trying to shrink our bodies or micromanage our appearance, and this is so far from the truth.
Clients have shared that they feel relaxed and more upbeat in the office, and some have commented that it felt “spa-like” and “peaceful” to them.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
Many of my clients struggle with low self-esteem and I wanted the office to give the vibe that “they matter” and that they deserve to be kind and compassionate to themselves. I went for an upscale, high-end vibe, that I think communicates this message.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes! I have a glass door fridge with sparking water, still water, and lemonade for clients. I also have a coffee and tea station with a Keurig and a variety of options to choose from.
I have plush couches for comfort (and to accommodate clients in a variety of body sizes, which is very important as a body-image and eating disorder therapist).
I also sometimes light candles in my office, to help clients to relax.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed and decorated the three-office suite myself. It was a daunting task, but I made an “office décor” vision board and this helped in the process. I knew that I wanted to go with a glam, modern, and high-end vibe and I’m so grateful that it all came together so beautifully.
I am so thankful to my amazing family who helped me to hang pictures, coordinate furniture delivery, and with a variety of other office-related tasks.
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?
Everyone has different taste and style. However, what’s important is that the office truly speaks to your personal “vibe” and is a safe, comforting, space for clients to come to.
I’d recommend making an “office décor” vision board with images and going with your intuition, when it comes to furniture shopping.
Also, please make sure that your chairs and seating is accommodating for people in a variety of body-sizes. This is something that I spent time thinking about. Imagine how terrible it would feel to be coming to therapy and feeling as though the space was not accommodating for you.
Lastly, try to have some fun with the design process! It really is a great way to use your creative energy.
Jennifer Rollin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) in Rockville, MD…
She works as an eating disorder and body image therapist. In addition to her therapy practice in Rockville, MD, she also provides eating disorder recovery coaching via phone and Skype.