FP fans, meet Shannon Gonter, a therapist in Louisville, KY!
Her feature is the first of it’s kind! Shannon runs b.mindful Louisville, a modern rental space for mental health professionals.
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
By not having clutter or alarming colors, I hope that it makes them feel at ease and safe. I want the clients to focus on what they are there for (therapy) and not be overwhelmed by colors or clutter.
Therefore, we like to keep each therapy office clean, organized, and all of the same color palate (blue, grey, green, woods…).
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
In the waiting area we have mints and water and a revolving slide show to display the clinicians, upcoming groups, and community resources.
We also have coffee, tea and water available for clinicians that rent the offices and encourage them to offer these to their clients as well.
In each office there is a blanket and pillows on the couch to make it as comfortable as possible. We have sound machines in each office and in the common areas for increase confidentiality.
We also have separate entrance and exits for clients to ensure the highest levels of security and confidentiality.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed them myself.
I got inspiration from Pinterest and blogs. My own personal interior decorating style for my house is very similar to the offices and I learned a majority of those skills from my mother.
I did get input though from friends and family before purchasing the large items.
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?
Try to buy items from lots of different stores in order to add in variety and not make it look so “cookie cutter” and like it’s a “floor model” and not to be used.
I have more feminine style so I had to check with others throughout the process to make sure I wasn’t making the office too feminine. If you know certain things about your style, it might be good to check in with others to make sure the space is more neutralized.
Shannon Gonter is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Louisville, KY…
Photographer: Bryan Moberly of Louisville, KY