FP fans, meet Yanira Peña, a therapist in Tustin, CA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Clients and colleagues often describe my therapy office as a very welcoming, calm, cozy and peaceful space.
Clients have shared the moment they walk into my office is usually followed with a sigh of relief that eases them to talk about their pain. Pain that most have not been in touch with and which they have mastered the art of suppressing.
Personally, I like to highlight that the style of my office incorporates butterflies to symbolize hope, strength and ultimately transformation.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
My work is very much driven by my goal for clients to find hope and strength in the midst of their pain.
I have personally experienced pain which deeply impacted and shaped my life’s purpose. My pain came from grieving the sudden death of a partner, and four years later the death of my father due to pancreatic cancer.
A loss can leave you with an immense pain you cannot describe, a foggy lens that makes it difficult to see which way you are going, and a weakness in your knees that can feel paralyzing. I have found these feelings commonly cross over to couples who find themselves stuck and aimlessly trying to make things work just to feel hopeless at the end.
Through my own and others’ experiences, I have seen how sometimes you simply need to be reminded that you can and will make it through your pain.
My hope is that clients walk into my office and feel a fresh breath of air that mimics the breeze you feel when you drive down the coast; for them to feel welcomed, safe enough to honor their feelings and not feel like they have to “keep it together.”
My ultimate hope is for my clients to walk into a vibe that gives them strength for their day, and hope for their tomorrow.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
As part of making my office feel welcoming and comfortable, I offer my clients a snack (i.e. fruit, almond or trail mix packs), drink (i.e. coffee, tea or water), a warm cozy blanket and huggable pillows, box of tissue, and essential oils.
Many times, these small details have been a source of comfort for them during a busy or emotionally heavy day.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
My office was designed in close collaboration between interior designer, Brittany Behr, my husband and myself.
I am personally glad I did not take on the task alone. Having Brittany and my husband to bounce ideas off of and not get overwhelmed with all the options was priceless.
I was able to smoothly narrow down and select color schemes and items that spoke to my heart and brought my office vision to life.
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 would suggest creating a Pinterest board to gather some ideas for your office.
I would not be quick to discard the idea of having a professional help you. I initially thought I would do it all on my own, but knowing everything that I had on my plate I opted not to.
I was fortunate to find a great interior designer that was looking to grow her portfolio, which came with an affordable price perfect for my budget. I know doing it yourself is completely doable and since then I have added a few things based on tips/ideas I learned while working with Brittany.
On the same token, having a supportive friend or family member that knows you well is just as helpful and a must! There were countless times my husband was available for deliveries, assembling and simply for support.
I had a conservative budget, which pushed me to be creative and flexible while still allowing me to stay true to my vision. I was surprised how many quality items were found at very reasonable prices on clearance racks and discount stores; I would definitely say it takes patience and a lot of footwork.
Lastly, I would recommend for anyone starting out to enjoy the process and allow some room to be surprised with items that add that special touch to your office.
Yanira Peña is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in Tustin, CA…
She is the founder of New Beginning Family Counseling & Training Center, Inc.
She currently works with individuals, couples and families. Among her areas of expertise are trauma, grief/loss and couples on the brink. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Yanira incorporates client’s spirituality when requested, and is bilingual Spanish. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and create a healthier version of themselves.
Yanira is accepting new referrals in the Tustin, CA area!
Yanira is accepting new clients in the Tustin, CA area!