FP fans, meet Kara Bolling, a therapist in Ellicott City, MD!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I describe my office as modern eclectic with textural and geometric details. It’s simple and calm, but also colorful and bold.
I’ve chosen the decor with meaning (the symbolism of mandala, mountains, animals, the human brain, etc) and mood in mind.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
I hope my clients feel calm and safe. I want my office to be a place where they can clear their heads and tune inward and also a place where they can find inspiration, beauty, and strength.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
I share a suite with another therapist (and another fantastically decorated office). In our small and cozy waiting room we offer coffee and water.
In my office, I have many pillows and a very soft blanket, a basket full of the softest stuffed animals you’ve ever held, aromatherapy, acupressure rings, and a bowl of mints and fireball candies (something for everyone!).
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
I designed my office on my own, pulling things I loved off the shelves at local home goods stores and searching for specific items of furniture and decor online.
Some things came with me from my old office, such as the framed prints above my bookshelf and the volcanic rock mama-baby sculpture I bought in Nicaragua 15 years ago.
I found the tree-brain watercolor at Baltimore’s Artscape festival, the glass and brass terrarium-turned-trinket display on a recent trip to Boulder, and my candy dish is a handmade bowl purchased from the artist at the historic Glen Echo Park.
The piece of furniture in my office that I might be most proud of is the three-legged table I purchased on Marketplace for $5 and then up-cycled with a little bit of black spray paint. I love how it came out.
My suite mate suggested the cellular shades with the top-down function, as one of my office windows looks out onto the front porch of our farmhouse office building, and they are well worth it.
I spent my first month in this current building subletting her old office while our space was getting built out, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how lovely her space is, how similar our design interests are, and how being in her space inspired me with its warm, eclectic vibe.
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?
Always start with something or -things that you love, no matter what they are.
The first things I bought were the pink dots and blue dots framed art and the black and white geometric pillows and then I knew I wanted a dark blue couch. Everything else followed from there.
There’s no right or wrong paint color, it’s the shade that matters. Any color can be a calming one if it’s in a shade that supports (and doesn’t compete with) the furniture and decor.
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Kara Bolling is a LCSW-C in Ellicott City, MD…
She is a somatic therapist, training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Kara works with women, men, and young adults who are struggling in their relationships or with the absence of satisfying relationships.
Kara also supports soon-to-be, new, and seasoned moms. She offers parent coaching to parents of toddlers and teens who are struggling with relationships with their children and/or with their child’s behavior.
Kara is a gender, LGBTQIA, kink, and poly affirming and fat positive.