FP fans, reintroducing Julia Caruana, a therapist in Bethesda, MD!
Now, nearly a year after her last we’re re-featuring her practice and showcasing her office design evolution!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
The style is very similar to my home office. I would describe my office as a combination of my two favorite styles, Scandinavian (minimalist and functional) and Mediterranean (owing to my roots). Both styles have a lot in common such as the use of natural light (something I really missed at my home office).
Also, the use of white as the main color throughout the three offices gives clarity and make the spaces look larger.
Another common theme is the use of natural textures and fabrics through the use of rugs, cushions and blankets. Wood is another unifying element that you see in the rustic furniture.
Finally, I combined the color white with the color blue which is pure Mediterranean with a heavy emphasis on green through the use of plants.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I want people to feel like they are entering a home, not an office. I added handmade details like wood boxes that work as shelves as well as photos, pictures and candles.
Overall, it was easy to make this space feel warm and welcoming. When you drive into Wyngate Medical Park you would think you were going to your friend’s townhouse.
Although we are very close to downtown Bethesda, our location is nicely hidden by trees and parking becomes the least of your problems. The office has a nice ‘backyard’ area that has served for nice walks and conversations with clients.
We receive compliments on the space frequently. My favorite so far is from clients that I have seen at both my home office and my remote office who are surprised at the unity and cohesion of both spaces and the fact that I was able to make a medical office feel as if it was a home office.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
There is a small coffee/water station in the waiting area with chocolates and candy. You can also find cushions and blankets in every room for clients to feel warm and grounded.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I decorated the offices with the help of my family and my therapists who at times laughed with my non-stop additions to the office. It seemed as though we had three different waiting rooms in a span of one week because of my indecision. AH!
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?
Don’t worry about having a completely furnished office when starting out. You really only need two chairs and four walls to start doing therapy. Your office will come together as you build your practice and relationship with your clients and you will eventually find the theme that fits you best.
Take advantage of online resources such as this one to check out other offices for inspiration. I confess I have checked this blog more than once when looking for ideas on how to decorate certain areas of the office!
Julia Caruana is a therapist in Bethesda, MD…
We are a team of five therapists, one marriage and family therapist and four clinical social workers. Thanks to our growing team we now not only work with children but also adults.
Joanna and Ashley love working with teens and millennials, Isabel and I love doing therapy with couples and parents and Wendy does amazing work with trauma survivors. We recently started offering health coaching as well!
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