FP fans, meet Gina Hines, a therapist in Downers Grove, IL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Cozy, modern, and eclectic. Our practice works primarily with children and families and this style really seems to suit our clients.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
The overall vibe of our space is meant to be cheerful and relaxed. It is designed to truly look and feel like a home.
The waiting room is more like a gathering room. Each therapy room is private and unique.
We hope this type of design normalizes the therapy experience for our clients who might initially feel apprehensive.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Since a lot of our clients are kids, we make sure our office is stocked with stuffed animals, building blocks, board games, coloring books, and other art materials. We also play kid-friendly movies on our TV in the waiting room when appropriate.
Also with our clients’ comfort in mind, we’ve incorporated some inspirational quotes into our décor. Some quotes are meant to speak to children and others to adults. Familiar quotes by the Beatles tend to be a favorite among our clients!
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed most of the space myself, but my mom was very influential as well. Her biggest contribution was sewing an awesome cover for our radiator, transforming it into a beautiful window seat!
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?
Don’t feel like you need to follow anybody else’s rules about design. Decorating your office under your own guidelines will only add to your authenticity as a therapist and your clients will take notice.
Gina Hines is a Licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in Downers Grove, IL…
Her team of therapists at Alder Grove Counseling includes LCPCs, LCSWs, and clinical psychologists.