Why Place Matters

As a therapist practicing in multiple locations, I have come to deeply appreciate the impact of physical space on the therapeutic process.

The therapy room itself can aid or inhibit personal transformation.

I am about to add a third location – a community of Psychotherapists in London Bridge called Number 42. I am thrilled.

I know that clients often form strong associations – both positive and negative – with the specific locations for therapy.

The consistency of place, alongside the consistency of my presence, provides a vital sense of security for my clients, many of whom lead chaotic external lives.

Over time, my various therapy rooms become imbued with the openness, empathy, and acceptance that I aim to embody during our sessions.

This makes it easier for my clients to access emotional vulnerability.

From week to week.

I also believe the ambiance communicates subtle but meaningful messages about my values and approach as a therapist.

A nondescript, sterile space conveys aloofness and emotional distance that discourages self-disclosure (saldy many NHS services are constrained by this).

By contrast, my intention is for my therapy spaces to feel warm and inviting.

My therapy room at home is has plants, artwork, books and natural light. I want clients to perceive immediately that I care about the totality of their human experience. At Grace Hill Studio’s in Folkestone, the environment already provides a tranquil and soothing tone that is reflected in their rooms.

I am excited to start at Number 42, where the building holds a history yet a feeling of flow.

In all the spaces I see clients, I aim to create a refuge where transformation unfolds – where past pain leads to empowered living aligned with personal truth.

The physical setting matters just as much to me as the relational one…this is why continuity and intentionality of place enables my clients’ therapeutic journeys to go deeper.

We all need to feel a place that can hold us, alongside our therapist.

Better go water my plants.