Post # 1
So, I am super excited because I have an office at work. I’m having a brain fuzz on what to do to decorate it.
I know the common things to decorate with are photos, but I’m hesitant to do that. Basically, amongst other things, I’ll be conducting therapy in the office with teenagers who amongst other things have trauma in their background. So, because I’m doing therapy, I want to have a space that doesn’t show much of my personal life (like pictures).
My thoughts so far include having inspirational type quotes that I’ll type and make colorful and pretty, and possibly one of those cute little fountains. But besides that, I’m sort of stuck.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Nice looking real or artificial plants for the corners. Often you can get these free on Craigslist at the end of the month when people are moving.
I agree that you should avoid personal pictures i.e. no family but a nice generic print of a sunset or mountain etc could give someone something to focus on.
Also, a mirror near the door and a box of tissues nearby.
Post # 4
IKEA has a lot of generic but pretty pictures that aren’t incredibly expensive. My therapist has very neutral colors in her office, but not all white, a lot of like natural light green and taupe. She also has a few blankets, which is a really nice touch.
Fountains are nice, but also are kind of annoying, especially because they make you have to pee all the time.
Post # 5
something for the kids to touch while they talk to you. My niece went to a counselor after my brother died and the counselor had a yellow lab so she could pet it while they talked. I know everyone can’t bring in a dog so maybe some fuzzy pillows or blankets or something.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
@julies1949: I like the idea of plants…I hadn’t thought to check Craig’s List. I’ll definitely do that. I guess that means I’ll have to water it…little success with that in the past. But I can turn over a new leaf! hahaha. Okay sorry that was dumb. 🙂 also, how come the suggestion of the mirror? I know other therapists have them in their offices, but I wasn’t sure their thought process.
@ILikePink: IKEA is a brilliant idea! Once you suggested that, I went online and looked at their prints to get a sense of what’s around. I think when I get paid, I’ll definitely go down there. And I hear you on the fountain/needing to pee. Maybe I’ll reconsider that…
@HisIrishPrincess: That’s a good idea…very comforting to have a soft fuzzy thing. I don’t think we could bring in animals, though my supervisor had a huge back of stuffed animals in her office. Maybe I can borrow some of hers. 🙂
Post # 7
You might want to consider keeping just a couple small photos if you have a desk that you can place them on. Sometimes with kids and teens, they want to know a bit of your personal life so they can make some sort of connection with you. I can also pictures teens asking if you have kids.
You might want to also keep stress balls, Slinkys (plastic, not metal, less noise w/plastic), along with a few games, puzzles and/or cards. Some kids are able to concentrate more/focus if they have something to fidget with. Paper, crayons/markers/colored pencils are also good to have.
By any chance do you do sand play with your clients?
Post # 8
The mirror is handy in case a client has been upset and wants to check their appearance before they leave.