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Soothing spaces and healing spaces: Is there an ideal counselling room?


This qualitative study explores the difference a counselling room can make to the work between counsellor and client. Early and recent research relevant to the influence of the workspace on health practitioners, counsellors and their clients is reviewed. A focus group was used to formulate a questionnaire on counsellor perceptions of the contribution of their designated counselling space to the work with clients. Questionnaires were distributed to professional counsellors around Australia. Thirty-four responses were received and analysed for major and minor themes. Emerging themes from the data were compared with the literature. A range of ideal attributes were indicated, including preferences for larger work spaces, natural light, use of aesthetically pleasing decor, and provision for clients to have choice in seating.



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