FP fans, meet Natalie Wingfield, a therapist in Virginia Beach, VA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I decorated our office with a combination of traditional, modern, and coastal elements. I love the beach and the outdoors so I really wanted to incorporate natural elements like plants, shells, and ocean-like art pieces. I chose a soft, fresh color palate for a spa-like feel.
We have two art therapists so it was important to include art throughout the office. We also have a large group room used for art and play therapy.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope our office feels warm, inviting, and serene. Our therapy rooms are arranged like living rooms to allow clients to feel safe and at-home. I especially love it when a client kicks off their shoes and gets cozy on my couch.
As a growing group practice, I’m careful to maintain a small, intimate feel. I want clients to feel that they are getting individualized care in an upscale setting.
I’ve also had to think about the different age groups that my clinicians work with. Some of our offices are very “grown up,” while others are designed to be inviting to all ages.
For example, we’ve included a brightly colored rug, stuffed animals, and snuggly oversized pillows in our play therapy room.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Each therapy room has a cozy blanket and pillows, sound machines, and essential oil diffusers.
Some of our therapy rooms include Zen gardens, worry stones, and fidget spinners to use for grounding. We also have candy dishes throughout the office.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed the office with the help of my dad who built the building. This is really special to me because it was his last project before he passed away. We were able to work together to completely customize the floor plan to fit my needs.
I did all of the interior decorating and our therapists brought in accents to reflect their personal style.
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 like to pick a color pallet and stick with it throughout the space, with small variations in each therapy room. This creates a unified feel.
You can furnish a beautiful office on a reasonable budget. I found great deals at IKEA, Home Goods, Target, and Craigslist.
I also think it’s important to think about lighting. All of our overhead lights have dimmers and we have lamps throughout. We also have great natural lighting. Avoid fluorescent lighting if at all possible.
Natalie Wingfield is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia Beach, VA…
She specializes in eating disorders, trauma, and LGBT issues. Her other therapists work with ages 3+ and offer a variety of specialties including art, play, couples, and family therapy.
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