FP fans, meet Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld, a therapist in Coral Gables, FL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
It’s eclectic, like us. Gatewell is a small group of therapists and a dietitian, and we occupy a three-office suite. Each office has a different vibe and color theme.
We call the rooms by their primary colors (Purple, Yellow, Red). The waiting area has a Moroccan Zen feel to it. The Red Room is warm and traditional. The Yellow Room is modern/artistic, while the Purple Room is modern/sleek.
We have original artwork throughout, as well as photos of landscapes/nature scenes from locations around the world.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
The waiting area is designed to be peaceful and spa-like in its color scheme/decor. The goal was to present a welcoming space.
Again, each office within the suite has a different feel, but overall the suite is attractive/inviting and makes a statement. We want our clients to feel that the office was carefully designed and kept up – a physical space that manifests how we’ll work with them.
In my individual office, I feature a number of mandalas in my office, as I find them soothing/visually appealing. I also have half a wall of “word art” with quotes that resonate with me (e.g., “Your beautifully messy complicated story matters (tell it),” along with cards from clients and family/friends.
I have some soft stones to hold, each with a meaningful word (“love,” “change,” “discover,” “release”). From my door, I have hanging a Native American dream catcher, a Turkish evil eye, and a little mirror decoration I picked up in Bali. Then there’s my Hallmark Hoops & Yoyo “Food Good Diet Bad” knickknack on my bookshelf.
Finally, I have a “Special People” poem in lucite given to me by my first client ever.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
We have several noise machines and candles throughout the office, along with filtered water and snacks for staff.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
Me! It’s been a 10-year work-in-progress with some items existing from the start and others joining us as we grew. Now, I’ll run furniture/artwork by my associates since I want them to feel comfortable where they work.
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?
It’s your space, so first and foremost, you need to feel comfortable in it. Each day that I enter my office, I’m grateful for creating an aesthetic that’s so appealing to me. It just feels right.
Reflect yourself in your space. I’m big into authenticity in our work, and I think how we design and decorate our offices is one way to communicate to our clients who we are.
Stacey Rosenfeld is a Ph.D. in a Coral Gables, FL…