FP fans, meet Rosanna De Jesus, a therapist in Springfield, NJ!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the style of my therapy office as upcycle mid-century modern.
My office is made up of 80% recycled items that I collected for several years for the purpose of one day making them all work together. Luckily, I’m attracted to mid-century style and simple lines which made it easy for everything to come together well.
My favorite thing about the furniture pieces, which I’ve given a second life, is that they have a story. I remember from whom, when, and where I got them and how the items were used.
My office is very small so I focused on furniture and spaces that could do double duty, such as the closet which stores my printer and office supplies, closet doors that serve as a blackboard, and a 50’s record table that I use as my sand, art, and storage table.
I’m surrounded by things that speak to me and have a sense of purpose. Every little nook and cranny is utilized.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
The vibe I hope my practice gives my clients is one of playfulness, warmth and collaboration.
I specialize in Child-Centered Play Therapy, so toys play an important part in my office. Every item was well thought out and handpicked for its usefulness, ability to be used in multiple ways, and uniqueness.
I incorporated different seating areas with clients in mind to allow for different purposes such as reading, playing, or doing homework for when our clients come accompanied by their siblings.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I have many creature comforts throughout office and a designated self-care station where clients can get cold and hot drinks, snacks, and words of affirmations.
In this space we also include weekly family activity suggestions as well as self-care reminders.
In the waiting area we have instrumental pop 40 music playing, sound machines, magazines, books, and interactive games for families to play together.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed and decorated my office and much of the common areas (waiting room, self-care station) with support from my friend and colleague, who also has an office in the same suite, and with the labor assistance of my family.
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 for other therapists decorating their space is to:
1. Think outside of the box, it’s ok to use furniture and things for different purposes than the ones they were intended.
2. Make the office attractive to you and your clients, this is where you will spend a lot of your time and it reflects your commitment to yourself and others. Everyone likes beautiful and comfortable places.
3. Have your intentions in mind, or what do you want families to do in your office while they wait. I want my families to come together and interact playfully with each other and things in my office.
4. When in doubt add a plant to have things come together and add nature into the room.
5. Give old furniture a second life by painting them, using them in unexpected ways and buying items second hand.
Rosanna is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Registered Play Therapist (RPT) in Springfield, NJ…
Rosanna is accepting new referrals in the Springfield, NJ area!
Rosanna is accepting new clients in the Springfield, NJ area!