FP fans, meet Benita Thornhill, a therapist in Jacksonville, NC!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the style of my office as vibrant, beachy and contemporary. I love blues and tangerine colors, they remind me of the beach and the sun.
I love walking on the beach, feeling the spray from the ocean and the sand between my toes. It is so tranquil and renewing.
I am not sure which came first, my love of the beach or my desire to help others. I knew that I wanted my office to reflect my love of the coast and the hope I have for my clients to find joy and serenity in their lives. I think I have achieved that.
The moment the door to my office opens, my clients instantly smile and say “Beautiful!” I think the colors and décor help them to feel encouraged.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I wanted to create an office that was inviting, soothing and comfortable. I also wanted this space to convey hope, stability and safety to my clients.
Many of my clients remark how walking into the room makes them feel lighter and more relaxed. Clients have even asked if it would possible to stay overnight because the office is so relaxing. (Seriously!)
The artwork I have on the wall is abstract. I wanted the clients to be able to look at the artwork and feel energy, optimism, and renewal.
I also wanted them to look at it and dream about what the best version of themselves or their marriage would look like. I want my clients to feel motivated to change!
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I placed a sound machine outside of my door to increase privacy.
I also have a turquoise Keurig in my office with a station that is loaded with cups, stirrers, sweetener, coffee and tea pods. There is a big wooden bucket full of 8oz water bottles. My clients love the little bottles as they are just the right size for a cup of warming coffee, hot chocolate or soothing tea.
Inside the glass top tables are blankets with encouraging quotes. On the table are Kleenex in a spiral shaped box for tears and wooden coasters for beverages.
My clients love the throw pillows on the chairs. Some of them put the pillows under their head and others hold them for comfort or an extra layer of protection.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I wanted my office to feel like a room in your home, where you greet guests and they feel welcomed, relaxed and ready to engage in encouraging conversation.
All 7 of my children helped me in some aspect. My daughter has an eye for decorating and she was the person I asked, what do you think about this or that.
My son, was the brawn. He assembled all the pieces that needed to be put together. He was also the voice of logic, often saying, “Mom, you can’t use removal sticky tabs to hang that no matter how many you use, there is a reason it needs to be attached to a fixture inside the wall!
When my husband walked in and said he didn’t want to leave, I knew the office was conveying the feeling I wanted it to. He is not one who is easily impressed!
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?
Your office is an investment in your practice and a reflection of you. Decide on a theme for your office that is authentic to who you are and your therapeutic approach.
An office that reflects your core values and therapy style will increase your positive energy, confidence and help to keep you remain grounded, which will help you to be more focused and present with your clients. This energy will be felt by your client’s and they will feel that you are concerned about them and they will feel more confident talking with you.
Benita Thornhill is a MA, LPCA, and LCASA in Jacksonville, NC…
She is the owner of Coastal Carolina Wellness Connection which has locations in Jacksonville, NC and Raleigh, NC. She works with civilian, active duty military, veterans and their families.
Her specialties are infidelity, trauma and anxiety. Benita is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Family Trauma Professional.
Benita is accepting new clients in the Jacksonville, NC & Raleigh, NC areas!