An interesting photo gallery here, where therapists muse on their offices. More than just decorating tips, they explore the thought process that went into creating a therapeutic space. Author Jose Ribas MD explains:
An examination room in a North Carolina hospital or clinic probably appears quite similar to an examination room in a hospital or clinic in New York, South Dakota or Texas. Where this model departs is in Psychiatry, where the room itself plays an important role, as it becomes the physical “holding environment” where the therapist conveys to the patient that he or she is safe to explore those areas within him/herself that are threatening or causing distress.
Designing my own space, the aim was to balance professionalism and homeyness; to be colorful but not gaudy and warm without being oppressive. I realize now that all three posters show scenes from Europe. We Americans associate the continent with intelligentsia – perhaps it’s saying, “I’m smart enough to help you solve your problem.”
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