FP fans, meet Katelyn Alcamo, a therapist in Bethesda, MD!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the space as farmhouse chic. It is a mix of rustic and modern furniture and accents with a soothing color palate.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
My goal was to create a simple, calm space that feels like a home. Through my color palate, choice of furniture, and lighting, I want clients to feel at peace and in a good space to do the difficult work they are there to do.
We see a range of ages and so I also wanted to include a space where kids (and even adults) can tap into their creative side with art supplies or read helpful therapeutic books.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
We have snacks, a variety of hot and cold beverages and soothing white noise or music in the background. There are throw blankets in the therapy rooms for clients to curl up under and supportive pillows.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
My fantastic designer, Dara Beitler of Dara Beitler Interiors helped design my space. She is truly a visionary and was able to accommodate all of my requests and needs.
It is a small space and therefore a big task to fit everything in and make it look nice and spacious. The space also very much reflects my home – although that is more coastal in design but has a similar color palate and 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?
Don’t feel that you have to have it all right away.
My first office (I rented a small office in a larger suite) was furnished pretty inexpensively through Wayfair, Target, and some Pottery Barn.
It wasn’t until I took over a larger space that I really felt ready to invest in some solid pieces that would be durable and stay with me.
Also, don’t be afraid to get help! I have learned the importance of delegating responsibilities that are not critical for me to take on so I can focus on my clients and running the practice.
While I could have created the space I wanted, it would have taken significantly longer and taken crucial physical and mental energy that I would rather give my clients and family.
Katelyn Alcamo is a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist (LCMFT) in Bethesda, MD…
At her practice, Family Therapy Center of Bethesda, she specializes in working with adolescents, families, individuals, and parents. She also does a lot of divorce work in therapy and in her role as a child specialist through the Collaborative Divorce process.
Her practice also includes three wonderful associates (all MFTs) who also see children through adults including couples.
Dara Beitler, Dara Beitler Interiors
Jamie Luger, Caden Cole Photography