Vol. 3 No. 2 (2023): Space

Interior Space Design for Psychotherapy Sessions

Irina-Ana Drobot
University of Civil Engineering Bucharest

Published 2024-01-24


  • transference,
  • color psychology,
  • psychoanalysis,
  • couch,
  • emotional well-being

How to Cite

Interior Space Design for Psychotherapy Sessions. (2024). Papers in Arts and Humanities, 3(2), 33-47. https://doi.org/10.52885/pah.v3i2.150


The purpose of the present paper is to analyze the elements that can bring a state of well-being to the client in the setting of psychotherapy sessions. Every element has its own effect on the client; according to Davies (2018), for example, windows that allow the passage of sunlight could bring about a state of calm and relaxation; plants, as they are a part of nature, can also contribute to mental well-being; the way therapist and client sit is also meant to improve their relationship, and establish it on equal and friendly terms; colors should also be chosen to suggest a soothing atmosphere, and, to this purpose, greens and blues are recommended. Psychological and cultural perceptions of the psychotherapy space design will be considered, together with the recommendations of psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud. By examining past and present trends and recommendations, we could draw general conclusions about the psychotherapeutic relationship and the way it can be facilitated by space design.


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