Depending on your type of practice, you might choose to create a space that feels calm and relaxing, or one that gives a sense of reassurance and openness. Whatever mood you are trying to create, the space you use says a lot about you and about how you want to relate to your client.
Seating is key – try to avoid having chairs positioned directly opposite to each other, as it can feel a little intense to look at someone square on for an extended period. Try placing your chairs at right angles to each other so the client is free to either look directly at you or look away without it feeling awkward.
Maybe add a coffee table with tissues and a jug of water with drinking glasses, so you have everything that might be needed at hand.
Make your room feel as welcoming as possible. Rugs, throws, and cushions all create a welcoming environment. More individual items like crystals, candles and flowers can also be a way of adding a bit of personality while remaining professional.
Filling your space with the right sounds can be very relaxing. If complete silence feels a little too much, then you can add ambient sounds such as a desk fountain or a fish tank or play your favourite appropriate low-level music.
Bright and airy rooms with a natural light source always work well. Depending on your practice, lamps with soft light can be soothing too as well as indirect or dimmed lighting.
Colour is crucial for creating the right mood. Pale, neutral coloured walls are undistracting and give a calming effect, and you can add character with soft furnishings. Shades of yellow, blue, and green are good choices are they are known boost to self-confidence and mood.
With a few easy tweaks you can make sure you have the space you need to tackle the practical and emotional aspects of the job.
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