The best environment to start a Private Practice for therapists and clients
Although we are rarely aware of it, the physical environment has a significant impact on our emotions and general wellbeing.
In the same way, room layout in therapy may affect the therapeutic experience of mental health clients, as well as the experience of counsellors themselves. The counselling room is a space where patients should feel safe, comfortable, and welcomed. At the same time, the space should also feel cosy and tranquil for therapists.
When clients come for counselling, they will be discussing aspects of their lives that make them feel vulnerable. So, your private practice room must be a space that inspires reassurance, acceptance, and positive energy.
In our day to day life, room layouts impact our moods, thoughts, and emotions, even if we are not aware of it. Similarly, the design of a private practice office can affect your clients’ perception of psychological safety, intimacy, as well as their willingness to open up to you. In other words, the design in your private practice office can influence your clients’ mood, cognition, and even behaviour. On the flip side, poor layouts can trigger feelings of otherness and reduce communication and might make your clients leave with an overall poor therapeutic experience.
So, how do you create the best environment for your private practice room where both you and your clients feel comfortable and safe?
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Choose a good location
It all starts with choosing a good location for your private practice office.
It would help if you chose a place that is accessible, easy to be found, and offers parking. It may seem odd, but the location you choose will have a significant impact on your clients when they come to you. For example, not finding your office or not having a place to park their car may trigger a poor experience from the beginning.
Also, choose a location where you and your clients can have privacy and where there’s no distraction, such as hawking cars, barking dogs, or other background noises.
Choose light and soothing colours
According to the psychology of colours, different colours have a particular impact on our moods and emotions. In a room layout, colours can trigger various emotions and influence our behaviour too.
Now, you may not be able to control the type of paint and wallpaper or paint that will be on the walls of your office, especially if you are renting the place. Yet, if you are able to choose colours, at least for decorations, then go for light and soothing ones such as light shades of blue or green.
A few indoor plants might also help with adding more green to your office’s design. Plus, they can also influence a more favourable therapeutic experience.
Ensure a comfortable seating area
First things first, the seating area, both for you and your clients, must provide comfort and create a cosy atmosphere in your office. But, more importantly, it must be placed in a way that encourages dialogue and conversation. In other words, place the seating areas face to face to enhance communication.
Don’t forget about personalization
Adding a few personal elements in your private practice room can be reassuring to the client. It will help the client feel like you’re not a total stranger which helps them feel more comfortable about opening up to you. #facetofacetherapy #calmcounsellingcalmmind #privatepractice