Linda Murphy on DIY’ing your Office Space | GP 102

Image of Linda Murphy. On this therapist podcast, Linda Murphy talks about DIY'ing your Office Space

Which colors compliment a therapeutic office space? What dual-purpose do rugs provide you within the therapy room? Why should you make sure to test out the furniture you buy?

In this podcast episode, Alison Pidgeon speaks with Linda Murphy about DIY’ing your Office Space.

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Meet Linda Murphy

A photo of Linda Murphy is captured. She is a counselor and the founder of The Relationship and Divorce Counseling Centre. Linda is featured on Grow a Group Practice, a therapist podcast.

Linda Murphy is the founder of The Relationship and Divorce Counseling Center and her career has been grounded in connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Prior to becoming a counselor, she was a middle school teacher, working with challenging students who were held back in their education. Her ability to see past each student’s defensive layers was critical to her successful connection with them. Helping students envision a positive future inspired Linda to pivot to a career in mental health counseling.

Linda has herself experienced the heartbreak of divorce and the challenges of being a single mother. She knows how it feels to be overwhelmed and scared. She founded the RAD Counseling Center to help others through difficult relationship transitions by providing guidance and a roadmap for the journey.

Visit The Relationship and Divorce Counseling Center and connect with Linda Murphy on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Psychology Today.

In This Podcast

  • Colors
  • Flooring
  • Be intentional with furniture
  • Miscellaneous objects

Colors

Cooler tones are popular in therapeutic office spaces. It is generally advised to avoid loud or distracting colors that can surprise a client or change the mood of the space.

Consider painting walls or coloring the office space with a gray cotton or off-white color instead of pure white, which can be startling or contrastive.

Gray colors are popular, and can easily be combined with shades of blue or brown to add warmth or depth to a place without influencing the calm atmosphere.

[With] a lot of [colors] I didn’t make anything permanent like a couch, I made it a throw or a little trinket in the corner here or there so that if those colors did go out of style or I wanted to mix it up I could easily do that without breaking the bank. (Linda Murphy)

Flooring

Some office spaces have rules that apply to the entire building. Be sure to check with your contractor or rental agent before making any lasting changes.

Rugs are popular in therapeutic spaces because they provide softness and can break the hard lines of walls and corners in rooms.

An area rug can define the space that it is in. Carpets and rugs have a dual purpose of being aesthetic while providing another subtle layer of sound-proofing in the room for privacy.

Be intentional with furniture

Avoid purchasing furniture because it is simply a good deal, or because the agent sells it to you.

I ordered a couch that I had never sat on, based off of the saleswoman’s recommendation, and it did not work out … it was startlingly hard to sit on … And that is the number one spot in the office that you want people to feel comfortable [in]. (Linda Murphy)

Make sure to test out your furniture to make sure that it would be comfortable and pleasant for your clients. There is no point in having a nice space if it is uncomfortable or hinders the client’s comfort in therapy.

Purchase furniture that specifically complements or adds to the space that you are trying to create for your clients.

Miscellaneous objects

Consider adding these to your rooms:

  • Plants
  • Throws over couches
  • Books
  • Soft background music

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Meet Alison Pidgeon, Group Practice Owner

An image of Alison Pidgeon is displayed. She is a successful group practice owner and offers private practice consultation for private practice owners to assist in how to grow a group practice. She is the host of Grow A Group Practice Podcast and one of the founders of Group Practice Boss.Alison Pidgeon, LPC is the owner of Move Forward Counseling, a group practice in Lancaster, PA and she runs a virtual assistant company, Move Forward Virtual Assistants.

Alison has been working with Practice of the Practice since 2016.  She has helped over 70 therapist entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, through mastermind groups and individual consulting.

Transformation From A Private Practice To Group Practice

In addition, she is a private practice consultant for Practice of the Practice. Allison’s private practice ‘grew up.’ What started out as a solo private practice in early 2015 quickly grew into a group practice and has been expanding ever since.

Visit Alison’s website, listen to her podcast, or consult with Alison. Email Alison at alison@practiceofthepractice.com

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