Vibrant Marriage of Styles in California

FP fans, meet Jennifer Rickard & Estela Bobadilla, therapists in San Diego, CA!

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

At the Awakening Counseling Center, we are a group of private practitioners in the field of psychotherapy and the healing arts.

Overall, the style of the office is beautifully elegant, yet comfortable, inviting, calming and peaceful.

Our suite is located in an historic building near Balboa Park in San Diego, so we wanted to retain the historic, architectural details when we remodeled. We also wanted to create a spa-like retreat for people to relax and recharge.

Each practitioner has decorated their own rooms, yet the overall energy of each space is similar.

From Jennifer Rickard, LMFT:

When decorating my own space in the suite, I wanted a bright and inviting space. The room has four, large windows, so I wanted to capitalize on the light to create an expansive room with all the elements (air, water, wood and fire) present so my clients can grow and heal.

I am a lover of nature so representing all the elements creates a space where I feel most grounded to do my best work. I also carried the same theme and design into my website and logo for continuity.

I chose Mid-century furniture to create a minimal impact in the space in order to create more spaciousness. Neighboring church bells often create a lovely vibe when they chime. Clients have described my room as happy, open, light, expansive, peaceful, and grounding. They feel comfortable to be themselves, take their shoes off and curl up on my couch.

From Estela Bobadilla, LMFT:

I always dreamt of having an office where people from all paths of life would feel comfortable and welcomed when they walked in.

I think that the work we do deserves a special place and being mindful of our office is one way in which we create this environment.

When clients enter my office they often say that they feel like home and find it like a place where they can relax. I am lucky that my office has a fire place as a central piece, something that I have decorated with salt lamps and lights to give it a warm feel.

The main color of my office is orange as I feel it is inviting and warm. I have some antic furniture which I thinks adds to the historic nature of the building, the main chair has been in my family for more than 75 years.

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

From Jennifer Rickard, LMFT:

We wanted to create a beautiful, healing space that honors our clients inner journey.

We serve diverse clientele, and we want everyone to feel honored and comfortable from all backgrounds—culturally, spiritually, economically, gender, sexuality, and more. Therefore, creating a welcoming environment where our clients can recharge and regenerate was most important to us.

We are very creative individuals and that is evident not only in the décor, but in the energy we create in the space. We believe in the powerful impact that space can have on people and therefore, we hope to create a space that invites people to feel comfortable and peaceful, yet empowered.

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

From Jennifer Rickard, LMFT:

We have coffee, tea, and water available for our clients, in addition, to small candy or mints. To assist in creating that spa-like vibe, soft music is played in the lobby area with an essential oil diffuser with relaxing scents. We have crystal salt lamps glowing, candles and lots of plants.

Social justice and advocacy is important to us so we have a wide array of magazines ranging from The Advocate to Oprah, an All gender bathroom, community resources and referrals, and signs and information in multiple languages.

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

From Jennifer Rickard, LMFT:

The main spaces—lobby, meditation room, kitchen and bathroom were designed by designer Margaret Shaw-Baird of Ivory Interior + Design in San Diego.
Both Estela and I decorated our own spaces.

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?

From Jennifer Rickard, LMFT:

You must feel comfortable in the space so you can do your best work, so decorate your space to suite your personality and style.

Don’t be afraid for your personality to come through, however, think of your client base and what they would also be comfortable with.

For us, creating a space for a diverse client base was most important, therefore, we wanted it to be gender neutral in our décor so everyone would want to come and stay awhile.

Indeed, some clients have expressed they come early or stay a bit longer after their session to relax in the lobby to drink tea, read and listen to the music.

Jennifer Rickard is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in San Diego, CA…

She has a strong conviction in the healing power of healthy relationships and connecting to oneself and others.  Fostering wellness in all areas of life is a primary focus in her work.

Her mission is to aid clients in creating their full personal and relational potential. She utilizes psychotherapy, somatic awareness, meditation and mindfulness practices, movement, art, EMDR and other holistic modalities to facilitate growth and change.

Learn more about her work at:
jenniferrickardmft.com
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Estela Bobadilla is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in San Diego, CA…

She supports people with relationships, and helps people with the most important relationship, the one they have with themselves. “One of the most amazing ways to I do this is by working with dreams.”

She is a Jungian Analyst in Training and the majority of her clients work with her because they are interested in deepening the connection they have with the unconscious.

Learn more about her work at:
awakeningcounselingcenter.com
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