FP fans, meet Dr. Robin Belamaric, a therapist in Bethesda, MD!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Our office is spacious and elegant with a contemporary and colorful style, featuring Californian and Asian style elements.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
Relaxing, nurturing, and inspiring… this office is both elegant and cozy, which provides a sense of comfort and stability for clients.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Yes! The waiting room features the serene sounds of relaxing music and trickling water from a fountain.
While waiting, patients can read inspiring magazines, or use the colored pencils and adult coloring books laid out. There are also hot and cold beverages and fresh filtered water available.
The offices feature comfortable, high-quality couches with footstools and blankets, and sweeping views from the 11th floor.
Therapy sessions can be augmented by aromatherapy, and there are a variety of hands-on tools such as sand-play gardens, and a “shelf of impossibility” which features unpredictable and unexpected natural phenomena that both delight and give rise to hope.
For our younger clients, we have snacks and treats available, as well as games and fidget toys of all kinds.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
The infrastructure was originally conceived of when Lorraine Wodiska engaged a professional interior designer to develop the ideal space for a practice; this included extra sound insulation, a muted color scheme, and high quality furnishings.
Approximately six years ago, Dr. Belamaric assumed ownership of the suite, updating the artwork, adding access to an in-suite bathroom, and adding many interactive elements, such as fountains, music, and aromatherapy.
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?
Think about good quality seating to support posture, as you will be spending a lot of time sitting. Also, have objects around you that reference meaningful moments that connect you to your core values as a therapist, but do not reveal a lot of personal information.
Pay attention to your own needs throughout the day and week so you can identify container and space needs; for example, having snacks close at hand, or chewing gum, or a bag with aspirin, a hairbrush, or whatever you might need, nearby.
Overall, create a space that makes you feel happy and well, and clients are likely to enjoy the positive energy coming from you as well as the space itself.
Robin Belamaric, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Bethesda, MD…
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Dr. Robin Belamaric is accepting new referrals and clients in the Bethesda, MD area!