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My T's Office JenStar

Posted by mair on August 11, 2004, at 8:43:28

In reply to Re: Fun Threads mair, posted by JenStar on August 11, 2004, at 1:50:56

A couple of years ago, my therapist moved her office from the center of a fairly big nearby town, to a rather rural setting in the town she lives in. It's actually now easier for me to get to so I don't mind the move. Her office is located on the first floor of an old house. Aside from the waiting room, she has 2 rooms, a room where she meets patients and a very small office. I have to walk through the office to get to the other room.

My T has a pretty artistic eye and things are nicely and traditionally decorated. There is a small couch with its back up against a bank of 2 windows which look out on the walkway into the building, and 2 wing chairs which face the couch at different angles. I love what you said about the couch, because my T sits on the couch (which does sink down some) and I sit on the chair that has the staightest back. I do this because she gave me the option of where to sit when we first met. It never occurred to me until a few months ago that I was the exception, not the norm. I think with most of her patients, she sits in the chair I use, probably because she can look out the window and see when her next patient arrives, and maybe because it doesn't sink down. I don't think I could switch seating now because I, too, don't like to sink down in couches. Also, frankly, the chair gives me a much easier and quicker exit, and sometimes I really can't seem to get out of there fast enough.

In between the couch and chairs is a coffee table. There is nearly always a small arrangement of fresh flowers on the table. She's an avid gardner, and all the flowers come out of her garden, so I always like to have her identify the ones I don't know. Behind the couch is a high window ledge on which she's placed a large pot of geraniums which she transplanted a few years ago. It really likes that window, because at last count, there were 8 or 9 flowers on the plant.

The walkway (ramp) into the building is on the southern side of the building too. There are a couple of truly spectacular white phlox plants which seem to stay in bloom for awhile. These plants pre-date her tenancy but she knows how much I love them. Earlier this summer, she was thinning out the phlox she had planted at her house and she brought me (in a black plastic garbage bag) a huge piece of a phlox plant, so big in fact that I had to cut the roots to separate the plant further. I've transplanted my cuttings and while they're pretty feeble now, I'm hoping for better things next summer when they will have had time to recover from the move.

I like that the room is always sunny, if there is sun, of course. The chair faces south and she frequently has to adjust the blinds so I'm not blinded.

There's an eclectic collection of art work on the walls of her office and the waiting room including some framed photographs she took. However my favorite thing is this very large 3 dimensional sand colored wall piece which almost looks like a piece of fresco taken from an ancient Roman building. It's just very interesting and maybe meaningful to her because her now-deceased father gave it to her.

The other thing I like is that there is a second entrance I can take when I leave her office. This way I don't have to wander by her waiting room, and it is a much quicker way out too. (-;





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