FP fans, meet Kerrie Thompson Mohr, a therapist in New York, NY!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the style of our offices at A Good Place as cutting-edge, current, and even intriguing, since it evokes curiosity in our clients and encourages them to explore.
The aim of the practice is to create a synergy with our therapy ethos, and the environment also aligns with how we talk about the Good Place brand and the materials we produce.
Our space reflects both our style and our approach to therapy.
Located in the financial district, we are surrounded by tall buildings and narrow streets, so we don’t get an ideal amount of natural light. One of our offices doesn’t even have a window.
With that in mind, we strived to make our space brighter by keeping it warmly lit and choosing décor that brightened the environment.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope the decor reflects our style and approach to therapy. Our cutting-edge approach to therapy incorporates evidence-based methodologies that inform our work, yet we are also welcoming and warm, and offer a safe space.
The design ethic aims to provoke curiosity about the space and the desire to “explore.”
The general vibe of a building and floor is also very important to us. Our building at 75 Maiden Lane is home to many different types of businesses, but therapists dominate our floor. We have a very friendly receptionist at the front desk and the other therapists are collegial, collaborative, and kind.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
We have throws and pillows of varying textures on the couches. Clients often like to hold on to the soft and fuzzy pillows for extra comfort in a session.
Our offices are also small-dog friendly. I consider it to be my own workplace perk when my clients bring their dogs to session!
Scents trigger emotions and sensations in us. The offices are fitted with luxury Archipelago candles and diffusers that create fragrances that are fresh and natural. The healing benefits of aromatherapy are underrated, so we want to encourage and take advantage of those healing benefits.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I hired the very talented Lea Stiggle from E+I Co, who also planned and designed my wedding. It was the best decision I could have made.
She not only completely transformed my space but also the feeling clients and therapists experience when they are in one of our offices. Lea was able to brighten up my otherwise dreary office with a calm, inviting, and on-trend design palette.
Every day we receive generous compliments from clients about the aesthetic of the space. My associates also feel comfortable and energized in the office on their often very long days.
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 recommend that any therapist just starting out in private practice spend some time in the space first to get a feel for what they want. New therapists and seasoned therapists alike should browse design blogs and use Pinterest to create your own personally curated collection of items and furniture.
You will not regret the money or time you spend putting your office aesthetic together in a way that is a reflection of your style and brand. Your clients will also feel valued.