FP fans, meet Rachelle Marshall, a therapist in Orange, CA!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
Bright and fresh. Light and cozy. Cozy and comfortable.
Often times client comment that the office feels like a New York City loft in the midst of a tiny little town. The office is located in the historic district of Orange, California in the middle of a roundabout traffic circle.
While there’s no traditional waiting rooms, clients find comfort in sitting in the park in the center of the circle and people watching, gathering their thoughts before session or visiting a nearby coffee shop.
The space is welcoming, warm and comfortable. Clients have commented that they instantly feel at home and peaceful entering the space.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
My hope is that clients feel at ease. Therapy is such a brave, courageous pursuit – sessions are often filled with challenges, struggles, insight and honor.
Anything I can do to support the space feeling comfortable, open and relaxing feels critical.
Each morning, I open the big windows, burn a little Palo Santo and set an intention for the day. I honor the ritual to let go of energy from the previous day, start fresh and create a new slate for my clients.
My morning intention is that clients feel safe to heal, to explore and to deepen their connections to self and their lives.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
Clients are offered still and sparkling water, blankets, pillows, sound machines and a diffuser with essential oils if they enjoy that sensory smell.
Fidget toys and a variety of textured blankets and pillows are also in client reach for those who appreciate sensory touch.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
My husband was a huge support of this process; together we re-floored the space, had it painted, renovated the outdoor flower beds and settled on furniture.
This wonderful woman at the furniture store also gave me some incredible advice about textures, use of plants and colors to create space; she had a previous design career and also a personal vested interest in therapy; I will forever be grateful for her brilliant ideas!
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?
Natural light is the most powerful thing for me; having worked in offices with minimal light and some with no natural light this has been a game changer.
Energy from nature, whether sunlight, clouds or rain pounding against the glass is powerful and enriching to the therapeutic experience.
Being patient and finding special items to place in the office also feels really important; I have a macramé created by a loved one, a peace sign from a very special family trip, candles created by organizations that hold meaning, tokens from my hometown and current home.
All of these elements help create space, nurture my own energy and ability to be show up as my best, whole self as a therapist.
Rachelle Marshall is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA…
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