FP fans, meet Dr. Jamie Long, a therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
In short, our style is an uplifting blend of understated elegance and colorful charm…
We were enjoying ourselves in a gorgeous hotel lobby in South Beach, Miami when Justin—my business partner/husband—and I started daydreaming about the design of our future office.
We were nestled upon these cloud-like, pristine white sofas as warm candlelight from an entire wall of lanterns radiated the room. We found ourselves so relaxed and comfortable in the space that we didn’t want to leave. We said to each other, “what if the office felt like this?”
In that instant, an idea was born. The decision was made to create an office that exuded warmth, style and luxury just like that hotel lobby. One year later, our finished 1600 square feet office suite doesn’t look or feel like an average doctor’s office. There’s nothing dated or stale in it.
Rather, its feel is airy, fresh and current. The space is a kaleidoscopic collection of flourishes ranging from clean Carrara marble to decadent velvet. Each of the four therapy rooms brims with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Sweeping panoramas of Fort Lauderdale spanning from north to south showcase a marvelous sunset at the close of the day.
The décor is an uplifting blend of elegance and charm with nods to mid-century ethos. Take for example the ethereal-white velvet tufted Chesterfield RH sofa underneath a gallery of whimsical canvases, one being a sunglass-adorned rainbow-colored stag.
Another example is the 1960’s, walnut wrapped, black aniline leather couch fixed below a graphic art rendition of the Detroit skyline (Justin’s hometown). The iconic box sofa with brass-capped stiletto legs sits atop a distressed, vintage area rug punctuated with bold hues of red and black.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
One evening we stayed late at the office, completing the finishing touches when a member of the building’s cleaning crew walked by the new suite and genuinely asked, “Is this a spa?”
A moment later, my father—who was in town to help with the move—was sipping a glass of wine in the corner office and said with a relaxed sigh as he sank further into the leather swivel chair, “I’m not ready to go home yet.”
That’s when I knew for certain that we nailed it! This is the type of office even our most discerning clients would enjoy visiting.
It’s not always easy to come and talk to a therapist. Clients are healing from tough stuff and we want that process to be as comfortable as possible. This office holds space for the emotional process in a stunning way.
Healing can, and does, happen in beautiful places.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
As soon as a client turns the corner into our office suite a peaceful experience awaits them. Large glass entry doors open up to a tranquil waiting area.
The front wall is painted a rich black and the room is illuminated by the soft golden glow of candles and gentle lamps. Carefully curated and deliberately soothing ambient music plays in the background.
An elusive fragrance from the fresh bouquet of peonies floats through the air. The quiet rhythm of trickling water over a multi-tiered steel calla lily fountain evokes a sense of serenity.
When greeted by their therapist, clients are invited to enjoy a sparkling Perrier or hot espresso. Our guests can curl up with their favorite beverage on one of the supple sofas and drape themselves with a plush throw.
They can communicate with confidence within our state-of-the art soundproof walls.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
Justin and I are proud to take credit for the office design inspired by our favorite vacations and spaces visited. Therapy offices are aesthetically similar to family rooms so we also channeled our dream living areas such as the ones we drooled over while flipping through Architectural Digest.
The really neat thing about styling four living rooms is that anything you didn’t pursue in your own home, for whatever reason, you’re able to do in your workspace. I get to enjoy a navy blue, velvet sofa, for instance, that otherwise my white Labrador, Frankie Rose, wouldn’t allow (for obvious fur reasons).
Justin gets to manifest his vision of a “Mad Men-esque” living room that isn’t really practical for lazy lounging and Netflix binges. We joke that the office is the apartment we never got to have but always wanted.
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?
View your office design as an investment! Pour your heart and soul into the space and you will be rewarded for it tenfold.
Don’t restrain from choosing upscale, high-end décor. Sure, it’s expensive to decorate with quality pieces, but if you treat the office as good as or better than your own home, you will reap the benefits of increased business and happier clients. The clients can feel the difference in energy; like they’re invited guests in your home away from home.
Your associates will feel the difference too. Professionals want to work in a space that’s fresh and modern. Our renters see that they’re looked after because every detail has them in mind too. In the kitchenette, we keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy snacks and we have a beautiful conference area for meetings and luncheons.
It feels so satisfying to work in a space that I truly adore. I love picking up fresh flowers every week for my husband (trained by his florist father) to style into pretty arrangements. Most rewarding, I’ve yet to grow bored of hearing, “this is the nicest office I’ve ever been to.”
Dr. Jamie Long is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PsyD) in Fort Lauderdale, FL…
She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and eating disorders. The Psychology Group’s Marketing Director, Justin Scicluna, is a digital marketing expert specializing in conversational marketing (e.g., Facebook messenger bots).
This husband and wife team founded The Psychology Group, LLC, a therapy practice located a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area and are interested in renting office space, learn more at: thepsychologygroup.com/office-space-available/
Photography by: Big Hit Photography
Dr. Jamie Long is accepting new clients in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area!