When looking for a counselling room in Brisbane, the location and accessibility of the space are important factors to consider. Choose an attractive, familiar and convenient location for you and your clients. Proximity to public transport, parking availability, and the overall accessibility of the building are important considerations.
Think about the surrounding areas and whether it would feel like a safe and comfortable environment for your clients. Consider the attractiveness of the location and amenities available around it. Choosing an attractive, easy-to-access, convenient location helps ensure your clients feel comfortable and are more likely to continue attending sessions.
2. Consider the ideal Size and Layout of the Room
An important aspect to consider when looking for a counselling room in Brisbane is the size and layout of the space.
The consulting or counselling room must be spacious enough to accommodate you and your clients comfortably. Consider the number of clients you typically see at one time and ensure that the room can accommodate that number. For instance, do you work predominantly with adults? Or do you also work with couples, families and groups?
Think about the layout of the room and how it will impact the therapeutic environment. The counselling room should be soundproofed to allow for privacy and confidentiality. It should also be spacious enough for seating arrangements and any additional equipment or resources you may need in therapy. If you have clients with mobility issues, it is essential to consider the accessibility of the room, especially. Are the rooms and restroom facilities wheelchair accessible?
Assessing the size and layout of the room you need can help you ensure it meets your practice needs and provides a conducive environment for counselling sessions.
3. Take into account the Atmosphere and Ambience of the space
In addition to evaluating the amenities and facilities of a counselling room, it is important to consider the atmosphere and ambience of the space.
The atmosphere of counselling rooms plays a significant role in creating a comfortable and therapeutic environment for your clients.
Consider factors such as lighting, colour scheme, and overall aesthetics. A calming and inviting atmosphere can help clients feel more comfortable and at ease during their sessions.
Pay attention to the noise level and privacy of the room. Confidentiality is essential in counselling, so ensure that the room provides a quiet and private space for your clients to share their thoughts and feelings.
By considering the atmosphere and ambience of a counselling room, you can create a conducive environment for more effective therapy sessions.
4. Evaluate the Amenities and Facilities on offer
When searching for a counselling room, evaluating the amenities and facilities available and whether they are included in the fee is important.
What resources and equipment do you need for your counselling practice? The following are some of the amenities you may want to consider:
Comfortable room furniture for both you and your clients
Reception and waiting area
Fast internet connection
Printing facilities, including a printing allowance
EFTPOS terminal that can connect to your bank account
Practice management system
Tea room or break-out area equipped with a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, tea and coffee amenities and furniture for a relaxing break.
Some counselling rooms offer ‘end-of-trip’ facilities, including male and female change facilities with showers, lockers, ironing stations, daily towel service, and a secure bike cage, ideal for those using non-motorised commuting ways to work.
Carefully evaluating the amenities and facilities of a counselling room can help you ensure they meet your practice needs and provides a comfortable and professional environment for your clients.
5. Assess the Support Services available
Running your private practice without appropriate support can be challenging. Administrative tasks can take more and more of your time and headspace. Depending on the size of your caseload and whether you have time or enjoy taking care of the administrative workload, you may need to consider you should consider rooms that include onsite or virtual reception and office management services to help you run your practice with minimal hassle and without compromising your lifestyle.
Consider whether you would like to rent rooms, including onsite receptionists, to meet and greet your patients, issue invoices, take payments, and process Medicare rebates and private health insurance claims, among other tasks.
Other admin services that may help you run your practice smoothly include marketing services to attract new referrals, new client intake and screening services, diary management, filling cancelled appointments, and debt collection.
Carefully evaluating the support services you need can help you run a successful practice without compromising your lifestyle, so you can build a practice that works for you and your family.
6. Check Who Is Currently Using the Consulting Rooms
You may want to check the type of practices and practitioners who are currently using the consulting rooms. Are they reputable, experienced and like-minded practitioners? Generally, you can find that information on the provider’s webpage. See an example here.
Do you appreciate having the opportunity to network, meet with peers for group supervision or ask for support when needed?
If you have answered yes to the above questions, it is worth checking who the other professionals or clients using adjacent counselling rooms are and what they do. For instance, would you work in a Medical Centre environment with GPs? Or would you prefer to work with allied health practitioners? Or mostly practitioners who do the same work you do, e.g. psychologists?
These are important factors to consider when it comes to choosing a place to base your private practice from.
7. Other Considerations
Check the provider’s reviews or ask for client testimonials. Make sure you ask them questions about what is important to you. For instance, about:
Cyber-security infrastructure and practices
Staff training and experience around privacy and confidentiality matters
Customer services focus
Work health and safety procedures
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