FP fans, meet Lauren Provencher, a therapist in Berkley, MI!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
My office has been described as welcoming, refreshing, and peaceful. It’s a small and intimate space with spacious seating to accommodate individuals, couples, and families.
The hope is that my space feels less like an “office” and more like a safe place to process anything happening outside my door. Clients have referred to the space as “homey” and comfortable.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
The vibe is modern and clean, with décor authentic to my personal taste and style.
I intentionally chose blue/green paint for the calming effect, neutral grey furniture, with an area rug and pillows with pops of color. Some of my furniture (coffee table and book shelf) are repurposed, which reflects my love for unique pieces.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Specific comforts in my office include two white noise machines (one positioned by the door, with the other alongside the couch) with the option to switch to natural sounds, such as waterfalls and waves during short breathing exercises and meditations.
A blanket and comfortable pillows are available. I offer my clients water and sometimes have a treat, like a piece of candy or mint on the coffee table.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I love to decorate, rearrange and find multi-purposes for furniture, so I excitedly took on the task of designing my own space. I welcomed input from friends.
I used a combination of store bought and local furniture, as well as some eclectic pieces from antiques stores and estate sales.
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?
External environments impact our internal state. Clients (both new and reoccurring) are often seeking counseling because they are in a heightened state of unpleasant emotions, so creating a space that’s peaceful is necessary for balance.
A few tips:
- Changing paint color can go a long way! I’d suggest neutrals or blue and green tones to promote a calm and natural state. I like pops of color (rugs, throw pillows, or artwork that can be switched out seasonally or as desired) to generate new energy
- Area rugs can tie walls and art together, and bring warmth to the room
- It’s important for the space to be clutter-free and organized. Modeling this type of environment demonstrates the feasibility of a stress free personal space
- Avoid overhead lighting and opt to mix and match floor/table lamps
- Evaluate your feelings about the colors, furniture, and art you display. If you don’t feel comfortable in your own space, clients can pick up on your discomfort. It doesn’t need to be pricey or brand new, but more a reflection of who you are…Choose authenticity!
Lauren Provencher is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Berkley, MI…
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