Most of us are aware that if therapy is to be a success it is vital for the client to feel at ease with the therapist. But how important is it for them to feel physically comfortable in the space? The size of the room, the level of light on offer, the position or even design of the chair the client is offered can all play a role in how therapy not only progresses but the path it might take.

Some might say it is a matter of preference. Similar to a mattress on our bed, many opt for the orthopaedic, sensible solution whereas others may be more willing to submit to sinking into slumber every night regardless of the long term damage they may be doing to their posture.

In therapy however, it may be argued that the level of choice given to the client should be monitored more closely with their position in the room being thought about in relation to the nature of the therapy and the chair being positioned by the therapist before the session even begins.

This position therefore can be central to the therapist’s approach and may risk becoming pertinent to the development of the therapeutic alliance. Perhaps it is the chair that provides the foundations for whatever happens next? Whether it be a Freudian chaise lounge or a winged chesterfield there is no doubt the client’s chair plays a role in therapy sessions and perhaps needs to be paid more attention?

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