People are returning to in-person counseling. So you, their counselor, are probably once again in search of the ideal modern therapy office rental. But what exactly makes a therapy space ideal?
Things to remember when looking for a psychotherapy office rental
Furniture and decor correspond with the client's needs.
- Bright colors are not a bad thing for a psychotherapy office design — just not overbearingly bright. Avoid too pale and pastel tones, or the abundance of white and gray. Soft hues and shades that make you think of forests and a calm sea are practically ideal.
- There are a few things more distracting when an uncomfortable chair, so make sure your patient’s seat is 10/10. Yours, too.
- About to have a group counseling session? Make sure there are enough chairs. Family therapy needs a broad coach, child therapy — kid-friendly supplies/furniture.
- The more flexible the surroundings are, the better. Curtains, blinds, chairs, and couches should be adjustable, and easily moveable or removable. Air conditioning must work flawlessly.
- A small window is better than no window at all, because of the role that sunlight plays in our mental health. If a patient doesn’t like the view, you can simply shut the blinds. For evening sessions have that ambient lighting prepared
- Don’t put personal items on display, like photos of family and friends. Your certificates and diplomas will work better, helping your patient feel more hopeful.
The privacy should be airtight.
- Not all patients are comfortable with locked doors, so you need to make sure no one storms in without knocking. Typically this won’t be a problem if you rent a space in a professional environment.
- If the office’s door is closed, not a sound must be heard in the outside area. The same goes for the walls: they must be completely soundproof. And no noises must travel from the outside world inside the therapy space.
Implement positive distractions
- Flowers and plants are lovely: they positively affect our sense of serenity even if we don’t register that. Evergreen succulents are the best due to their low-maintenance nature, but you can also bring in some fresh flowers from time to time. Just don’t forget to ask your patients if they have allergies.
- Art is great, as long as it’s not overbearing and hangs at eye level.
Optimize distance and visual boundaries
- You don’t want to sit too far away from the patient — it creates the feeling of being unreachable. Too close, of course, doesn’t work as well (at least with conversational therapy). What’s the happy medium? Try the arm’s reach, when you can easily lean forward and hand something to the patient.
- Desks are important for handling paperwork but don’t put them between you and the patient — it’s a barrier. A small, low coffee table works way better. It’s not a barrier anymore, just a representation of a healthy boundary between you. It’s also helpful, serving as a surface for tissues, cups, treats, zen sand garden, therapy products, or personal items.
- If your patient is okay with looking at you during conversations, try to sit at a slight angle against them, instead of across. It creates a more trustworthy atmosphere instead of a confrontational one.
- Make sure you and your patient(s) are sitting on the same level height-wise. You don’t want to create the illusion of towering above them. Or to “diminish” your significance by occupying a lower point.
The cleaner, the better
- Water spots on glass surfaces, dust, crumbs, food and drink stains, rust stains, and dust are the top enemies here. Your patients don’t have to be germophobic or even overly squeamish to get their moods affected by them.
- That being said, an overly sterile atmosphere isn’t great as well. Keep it tidy, but not look like a soulless catalog photo and smell like a hospital.
The therapy office space location should be all-around convenient
- Look for the therapy rentals in close proximity to public transportation and parking spaces.
- If the office isn’t on the first floor, make sure the building has elevators.
- The best option is renting different counseling spaces for different clients — like if you book an office space by the hour, on demand.
How to rent therapy office space for flexible private practice
Renting on-demand counseling rooms makes your life so much easier. You don’t have to worry about long-term contracts, utility bills, cleaning services, and general property maintenance — it’s all covered for you. You can focus on your patients and practice.
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