FP fans, meet Brittni Fudge, a therapist in Denver, CO!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Turquoise has always been my favorite color, so I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the office design.
When I was a little girl, I asked my parents to paint my room the same shade of turquoise as the Degree deodorant and they obliged. I knew the color was calming and soothing to me, but I didn’t realize until recently that color psychology actually backs up why this color speaks to me so much.
According to color psychology, the color turquoise:
- controls and heals emotions creating emotional balance and stability,
- is a combination of blue and a small amount of yellow, and as such it fits in on the color scale between green and blue. It radiates the peace, calm and tranquility of blue, and the balance and growth of green with the uplifting energy of yellow, and
- helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word.
This is fitting, as I think part of the power of counseling is that you’ve intentionally set aside an hour of your day in a safe space where you can get real with what is going on in your heart. Often in our daily lives we are so busy and distracted that it is easy to disconnect with what we really feel.
When we strip away the defense mechanism of being busy, we can be in tune with what we feel and think, and being able to give those words a voice is healing.
I also chose orange as an accent color. According to color psychology, orange:
- relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts,
- offers emotional strength in difficult times, and
- helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.
I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use a little more peace, calm, tranquility, balance, growth, strength, resilience and uplifting energy in our lives!
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my office gives my clients all the vibes that can encourage change: peace, calm, tranquility, energy, hope, and motivation. The vibe of the office matters more than I would have expected, as people truly can’t be comfortable psychologically if they aren’t comfortable physically.
Beyond the vibes of the office though, I know my clients have the power to change and improve their lives because of what’s already inside them—the office vibe just provides the space for that strength, resilience, and courage to emerge in session.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yep! I offer chocolate (it makes everything better, right?!), coffee, tea, sparkling water, candles, and an essential oil diffuser.
I see a lot of new moms in my practice, so I also provide a Boppy nursing pillow, bouncy seat for the baby, and baby toys to make it a bit easier on mom and baby.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed my office myself and loved the opportunity to create my own space where clients would feel safe and inspired. I created the “we can do hard things” canvas after not finding exactly what I wanted. The Brene Brown quote has been an inspiration to me both professionally and personally, so I wanted the constant reminder in my office.
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 actually created this office really affordably by buying gently used pieces. It is nice to receive compliments from others about my office design but it’s even better knowing I didn’t break the bank designing the office.
I’d recommend not getting so immersed in the office design that you neglect other practice-building tasks (I admit this was a bit of a struggle for me!)
From a practicality perspective, I’d recommend lots of clocks, tissues, good lotion, and a sound machine.
Brittni Fudge is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Denver, CO…