Naturally Zen in Washington

FP fans, meet Courtney Simons, a therapist in Bothell, WA!

1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?

Clients and colleagues describe my office as peaceful, safe and beautiful. The most common response I get it, “Wow, what a comforting and thoughtful space,” or, “I feel safe here.”

I would describe it as filled with love, thought, intention, peace, nature and a space that channels my roots in the Puget Sound and the forest. I love natural woods, fabrics and colors.

I also have a passion for sustainability and thus many of the items in my office are vintage, handmade, or passed on to me through a freely gifting community I am a part of.

2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?

I hope my office gives a welcoming, calming and loving vibe. I want people to walk in and feel as though they have landed well, are safe, able to be open and take risks in our work together.

3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?

Oh, how I love the creature comforts. In our waiting area we offer tea, coffee, water and some candy.

In my office I have many creature comforts; an essential oil diffuser which is often filled with calming oils, essential oils for clients to try, a weighted blanket for calming anxiety or when working through trauma, a throw blanket and pillows to snuggle up on the couch, a bowl of polished rocks to hold or take with them to remind them of a mantra, thought or to use as a “worry stone,” a sound machine that creates a peaceful and quiet space, plants for a green and clean space and a Buddha Board that you write on with water and that evaporates after some time (often used as a metaphor).

4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?

I designed my space with the help of my spouse and colleague to bounce ideas off of. My practice owner, Katherine found the chairs, couch and a couple of the lamps. The remainder of the items came from my home, previous office and things I have been holding onto for this space.

We spent time in the office, moving things and sitting with them to see how they felt before adding more or moved an item. There is something about the flow and feeling I am looking for when designing a space and it comes through sitting with it and spending time in it.

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?

Find pieces that bring you peace, joy, comfort.

Create a space that you enter and feel like, “Ahhh… I am here.” To me this makes our work better and easier and like we too have a place to be held as we help and hold others.

Courtney Simons is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA, just outside of Seattle…

She is trained Marriage and Family Therapist who holds and LMHC and LMFTA license. She is also a Disability Mental Health Specialist.

Courtney is part of a group practice with three other therapists, one who works with geriatric mental health, one who works with grief and life transitions for women, and one who focuses on trauma.

Clinically, Courtney pulls from Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with a deep focus on systemic therapy and social justice. She works most often with couples and families, especially those who have experience with an Eating Disorder or Developmental Disability as a part of their story.

Learn more about her work at:
catalystcounseling.net