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I LOVE decorating. It’s the part of my creative process that fills me up when I get to do it. But I get it, not everyone gets filled up trying to decorate their offices. But in the years of having a private practice, one thing that I have learned is that people love going to an office that looks nice. On a daily basis, clients are telling our admin or their therapists how much they love the home-like feeling, the comfortable, safe, environment that our office brings them. We even have clients whose significant others or parents stay in the waiting room doing work on their computers because they like the atmosphere better than their own homes and offices!
What I am saying is that a nicely decorated office plays a big part in your clients’ first impressions, and research has shown, plays a part in whether or not a client continues to work with you. A great therapist with an eyesore of an office may have difficulty keeping clients because their office says, “I was put together haphazardly, without much thought.”
With that in mind, I have listed a few details that are important to me, and that through feedback from many clients, has shown to be important to them too.Ways to create a safe space for your clientsDeskLoveseat or couchOne (or two) armchairsFresh coat of paint on wallsArtwork that is comforting and YOULamps (lots of them) | Nothing sets the mood like good lightingPillows and blankets | Source of warmth and comfort to clientsA clock that everyone can seeArrange seating in a way that creates safety and comfortMints, water, fidgets (these are things I like in my office, may not be everyone’s style)
Maureen Werrbach is a psychotherapist, group practice owner and group practice coach. Learn more about her coaching services here: LEARN MORE HERE