FP fans, meet Mallory Kroll, a therapist in Lexington, MA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I feel a great sense of calm and peace when I’m in my office. I created this space as a sanctuary not only for my clients but for myself as well. I feel more able to meditate in this space and ground myself easier than I can elsewhere.
Many of my clients have expressed feeling immediately calmer and an overall sense of ease when entering the room. And several colleagues have asked me to design their offices as well!
It was important for me to create a space that felt conducive for therapy as well as Psychotherapeutic Reiki and I think this space really achieves that balance.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
My hope is that clients will feel the calming energy when walking into the room and experience a sense of safety.
I utilize aromatherapy as well as soft, warm, light, to create a calming atmosphere and work to keep clutter at a minimum.
Clients have commented on the relaxed vibe that they feel when entering the space and I’ve found that this helps them to feel more grounded and regulated and thus able to delve deeper into the emotions they’re experiencing.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
There is a sound machine outside of my office which helps clients to feel safer engaging knowing that they won’t be heard outside of this room.
I also have soft, fluffy pillows, as well as faux fur throws. Many of my clients curl up on the couch and make themselves comfortable which I love.
I also have salt lamp and crystals in my office which help to balance and clear the energy. Many clients feel drawn to holding the salt lamps during sessions which emit comforting warmth.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I’ve had a vision for my space for quite some time. My background is in design and it was really fun to incorporate my two passions for design and therapy.
My personal style is beachy mixed with clean lines, as well as comfort.
My husband was my total design partner. He supported my vision for my business and helped me to achieve many of the small and large details.
One of my favorite pieces is the art work above my desk. I had a vision for creating a wooden backdrop for a canvas that I had bought and he built it for me using wood from a pallet. Together we white washed it, hung the art and added the strand of lights for even more detail.
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?
My advice is always to trust your gut and intuition. See what you feel dawn to. Are there certain colors or styles that resonate with you or cause you to feel a certain way?
For me, blues and greens always calm me and relax me, but for other people that may be more earth tones or rusts and reds.
The more authentic you are with your space the more clients will feel that from you and will be drawn to the space you create. Have fun!
Create a vision for your space and focus on how you want it to feel when you walk through that door.
I also fully believe in mixing and matching. The items in my office are a combination of items from my home, items that are second hand as well as new items purchased for the space. The items in my room are from more affordable stores such as IKEA or Target mixed with items from higher end furniture stores.
There is no right or wrong. Trust your gut and start with one piece that inspires you and the rest will flow!
Mallory Kroll is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) & Reiki Master in Lexington, MA…