29 Oct Create the Therapy Clinic that Patients Will Want to Visit
Create the Therapy Clinic that Patients Will Want to Visit
A therapy clinic can hold different meanings for patients. Does your office welcome patients into speaking openly about their problems? To make your patients feel the most comfortable when they visit you, you’ll want to check out these tips below to make the therapy space inviting and receptive.
For most patients undergoing therapy, the clinical office represents a space of safety or refuge. It is where many will go to express worries and fears and recount stories of loved ones lost…where some will leave themselves to be vulnerable and speak about thoughts or feelings that no one else knows. It is where, for one moment in the day, a person can let go and find consolation in the insights and guidance of a therapist.
And yet, how many times have you seen or heard of clinics whose spaces do not foster such openness or warmth? Perhaps the ceiling lights are a bitter blue-white, flickering non-stop. Maybe the sofa wears patches of different fabrics, or the black-and-white photos hanging on the wall reflect an air of staleness in a room in need of renovation.
That’s why we have brought together some tips and ideas to liven up your therapy clinic and give patients a friendly welcome. Because like a home, therapy is where patients should feel most at ease.
From Black and White to Blues and Greens
It may go without saying that color choice in décor and walls is essential. Specific colors connote different emotions and can create an ambiance, whether intentional or unintentional.
For example, let’s consider the color green. This color evokes the lushness of trees and forests and speaks to the health-giving character of bountiful Nature. While it may not seem much, famous American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau once said, “For all Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well…Why, ‘nature’ is but another name for health..” That is, the color green breathes calmness and, paradoxically, vitality, and can be a complementary choice to patients’ primary goal of having better mental health.
When choosing colors and palettes for the clinic, it is equally important to take color intensity into account. A bright, lime green may not induce the soothing effect that you would have with, for example, a dark olive green.
That’s why it is worth looking at some online tools, such as the Pantone Color Finder and Coolors Scheme Generator. These programs can help you strike a delicate balance in color choice for decoration and walls in your therapy clinic. Pantone Color Finder is an excellent program that provides you with an array of colors shades so that you can select the most suitable color with precision. If there is a specific hue that draws your attention more, you can click on one of the hue boxes to narrow down choices. Similarly, if this site is not enough and you want a quicker, more comprehensive solution, then you can take advantage of Coolors Scheme Generation. It boasts different features, but the particular favorite among users is its random color palette generator. With just a simple click, you can flash through varying color palettes for fresh inspiration.
Regardless of the online tool you use, you mustn’t forget that the colors you integrate in your clinic can be the “make it or break it” factor for patients.
Kindle Warmth through Minimal Touches
Sometimes, it does not take much to make a big difference. In smaller spaces like clinics or for those with limited resources, focusing on minor details like cushions, curtains or lamps can invite warmth into any dull space.
For example, if you have a sofa for patients that is gray, why not add two or three cushions of different sizes, colors or patterns? Many mental health professionals have already integrated Nordic and Japanese design elements to maintain a minimalist approach while encouraging receptivity.
Along the same lines, you can also include more plants to help patients experience an increase in mood levels. In a study exploring the effect of window views and indoor plants on human physiological responses in workplace environments, investigators Chang and Chen found that subjects were less anxious or nervous when indoor plants were present and/or there was a window view of a natural setting. That said, buying a plant or two for your clinic may just ease patients into more fruitful therapy sessions.
Finally, if you have not thought about lighting, you’re missing out on an opportunity. Imagine a time when you went on a romantic date in the evening. How do you remember the lighting in the room? Was it bright, or were the lights slightly dimmed? Did the bulbs shine a blue-white stream of light or instead, reddish-yellowish hues?
There is something about being in a room that has softer, warm lighting that creates a more mellow environment. It’s like a gentle reminder of cozy colors cast on the walls by a crackling fireplace. By contrast, having lights that are white and cold could be redolent of the 80s-like interrogations so common in police dramas, with the blinding light glaring into the eyes of the accused.
Patients are to feel invited into a secure place, not under intense examination.
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