Playfully Eclectic in New York

FP fans, meet Rebecca Lewis, a therapist in Red Hook, NY!

1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?

My office is whimsical and playful while at the same time, child-centered and comfortable.

2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?

I specialize in child-centered play therapy and the vibe that I hope my office conveys to my clients is a fun, playful and welcoming space in which children are free to choose what activity they want to explore in the moment.

I hope that my teen clients feel at ease in a space that is comfortable, cozy and fun.

3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?

In the waiting room, I have instrumental Beatles music playing from a speaker system, as well as a cold and hot water system with coffee, tea, and hot cocoa options.

I have various activities and toys for children to engage in and play with while they wait for their appointments, including a chalkboard wall, an activity rug, and a craft table. I have positive affirmation cards for children and teens as well as some mindfulness poems on the tables.

In the main space, I have a comforting plush rug in the play area with a variety of toys. I have a sandtray area with both regular and kinetic sand, as well as an art corner.

I also have a hidden sink in the back of my office for therapeutic water play. I created a seating space for my teen and adult clients (separate from the play area) that feels comfortable and homey.

I have yoga and mindfulness-themed activities and books scattered throughout the office to provide inspiration and a sense of calm. I also have aromatherapy tools such as essential oil diffusers and lavender-scented putty for children to fidget with.

While I may one day add a therapy animal to my office, I currently share a bathroom and a hallway with a Cat Cafe, and families enjoy visiting the cats before or after their appointments.

4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?

I designed and decorated the office using a child-centered play therapy perspective, whereby children are free to explore the space and reach any item that they choose. The toys are set up in a categorical manner so that children can find items easily.

I listened to my inner-child and filled the office with things that I love, such as paintings of animals blowing bubblegum and a fun plush ombre rug. My family and friends helped me stay grounded during the process.

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 would be to follow your heart and your instincts. Make the space reflect your authentic self and it will all come together.

My favorite places to shop for office decor were Society6, HomeGoods, Ikea, Wayfair and Overstock.

Rebecca Lewis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) & a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) in Red Hook, NY…

Red Hook is in the Hudson Valley region. Learn more about her practice at:
www.rebeccalewislcsw.com