FP fans, meet Rebecca Burton, a therapist in South Windsor, CT!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Luminous and posh. I fell in love with a tufted sofa and the rest followed.
The office is small and cozy (only 10×10) and I chose furnishings and accessories whose scale fit the space while also being comfortable for clients of all body shapes and sizes.
My intent was to create a neutral space that left room for possibilities and imaginings. I didn’t want any one element to distract from another or from the work my clients and I do together.
At the same time, I incorporated glam details such as a beaded pillow and glittery curtain rods. I was able to achieve a beautiful balance of soft and sparkly.
Clients love the space and say they feel comfortable and safe there.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
More than anything, I want my clients to feel valued. I work primarily with women and I wanted to provide a space for them that felt like something special – a refuge from the everyday where they could feel both nurtured and respected.
I wanted the space to feel like a favorite room in a beautiful home.
I have a home office where I keep my computer and the other accoutrements of my administrative work. My office space is free of those distractions.
My male clients also appreciate the comfortable feel of the space.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I share the waiting area with two massage therapists, and we provide coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, healthy snacks and other treats.
My colleagues often use scented oils with their clients, so the waiting area is pleasantly and lightly infused with soothing scents. The lighting there is serene and there’s quiet music playing on an unobtrusive CD player.
I am currently searching for a cozy and beautiful throw for my office sofa – it needs to be just right. I also bring in fresh flowers weekly to brighten up my space and bring a bit of colorful nature into the room.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I created the space myself, but was inspired by many of the offices I’ve seen on freshpractice.design, Pinterest, and in real life. I took my time finding just the right furnishings and accessories, beginning with the sofa.
My color scheme changed throughout my process, and I eventually landed on cream, gold, rose gold and brown. After much deliberation, I was thrilled to find the exact right paint color “Artisan Tea” from Behr) and was extraordinarily proud of the job I did painting my own office (not my favorite job!).
I found a giant fabric bulletin board with a gold mosaic frame that allows me to post changeable art, quotes, found items, etc. I found side tables at two different consignment shops and painted them to complement my space. Many of the accessories were found at inexpensive Home Goods stores or online.
I’m so grateful to my partner who helped me achieve my office dreams – from gifting me the couch to helping with the heavy lifting, picture hanging, and endless deliberation over finding the perfect paint color.
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?
This was the sixth office I’ve designed in my career, and by far my favorite. I’ve learned so many lessons along the way.
If you have the luxury of time, let the ideas come to you. Begin with a focal point (for me it’s almost always the sofa, followed by the wall color) and build your vision from there.
Don’t feel you have to have everything picked out before you see your first client. Let the space speak to you and allow it to evolve.
Rebecca Burton is an LMFT in South Windsor, CT and online for CT and NY clients…
She helps overwhelmed individual adults reduce their anxiety and find their inner awesome.
Rebecca is accepting new referrals and clients in the South Windsor, CT area.
Both office and teletherapy sessions are available!