This therapy room doesn’t have a therapist in it
So there have been many editions of My Dream Therapy Room on this blog already. I’ve taken you through a few different versions of my own dream therapy room, have shown you what I wouldn’t do with my therapy room and shown you versions inspired by other people’s dreams.
But what about therapy that isn’t done in the traditional settings of a therapist’s office?
I have been speaking a lot about doing therapy in the technological age. Does this change the way we should think about the therapy space as well. If we don’t see our clients face-to-face, is there a need for a therapy room at all? Alternatively, what if the space was important but the therapist being physically present less so?
Well, a fascinating experiment was recently done in New York. A mobile therapy space that looked like a transparent plastic igloo was set up at an intersection on busy 5th Avenue.
Images and quoted text from the original article found here.
“Inside one [igloo], a young woman sits alone in a wooden armchair, with an ornate floor lamp, a box of tissues and a framed photo of a tropical sunset on the table beside her. As the city’s iconic sirens, cabs and pigeons fly by, she remains focused, an iPad in her hands.
The people who stop to look at her, some taking out their smartphones to snap pictures, don’t immediately realize that this woman is actually in the middle of a therapy session. She’s texting with the Talkspace app, which offers digital, real-time mental health support from licensed therapists.
The installation, called #PopupTherapy, started Wednesday to raise awareness and inspire transparency (both literally and figuratively) in mental health care. The goal is to show that therapy can be accessible and affordable, and — above all — that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Anyone can stop by, relax and get a free 15-minute session with a professional.”
This kind of thing really interests me, not only because of the fact that it raises awareness about mental health and therapy but because it also opens up a dialogue about what constitutes a therapy space.
Is this see-through igloo enough to contain your emotional needs? Does an empty space filled with an armchair, a plant, and a box of tissues enough to constitute a therapy room? How would you feel about accessing mental health services this way?