FP fans, meet Ingrid Ponciano & Stephany Ponciano, therapists in Gaithersburg, MD!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
We can describe our office in 3 simple words: elegant, tranquil, and sophisticated.
As soon as you walk in the door you feel a surge of positivity. The warm lights along with the jazzy and calming music provide a welcoming and peaceful setting.
Our offices, provide a charming and poised oasis, in which our clients can enjoy sitting in a high class office full of art that provides a supportive, reassuring, and an embracing environment to foster change. At the same time our offices provide a sense of home and familiarity.
Some of our clients have said “This is so homie, warm and comfortable” and “So calm and relaxing, I can unload my worries”.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
When our clients come in for the first time or for their weekly appointment, we aim for our clients to walk in and feel like they just took a breath of fresh air. We aim to have them feel optimistic, hopeful, and safe to be in our office.
We hope that our office provide our clients a sense s familiarity, when clients feel at home, they tend to relax, our office provides that feeling of home with class and elegance.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
To make our clients feel as comfortable as possible, we offer them coffee, tea, or water. They can enjoy their drink in the waiting room while listening to calming music, or enjoy their drink while meeting with one of our therapists.
In addition to the calming music and to ensure our client’s privacy we have also installed a central white noise machine that runs through the entire office, white noise is both relaxing to our client and provides the privacy to make them feel safe.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
Our office was 100% inspired by our clinicians and their families! Since our a mission is to provide an environment welcoming to everyone. We gathered advice and opinions from those close to us.
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?
Our very best advice is simple, “Put yourself in your clients shoes”.
Therapy is not all about the content of the session, it is equally important to be in an environment where clients will undoubtedly feel safe and free. In short, you want your office vibe to feel as if you were home rather than at a dreadful meeting.
Ingrid Ponciano & Stephany Ponciano are therapists in Gaithersburg, MD…
Ingrid is a LCMFT who specializes in working with couples and adults. And Stephany is a LGPC who specializes in working with preteens, teens and young adults.