Evidence Based Design
This was a yearlong project, which was divided in two parts. The first part involved extensive research and programming from which I was able to produce a thesis study. The second part consisted of designing according to my programming and research findings.
Pet Partners Counseling & Wellness Center is a place where clinicians/counselors, massage therapists, fitness instructors and nutritionists will partner with therapy dogs as a registered team allowing them to offer animal assisted services to a wide variety of patients. The main service offered is animal assisted therapy/counseling complimented with massage therapy, wellness/fitness sessions and nutrition sessions. For many reasons, patients can be uncomfortable with therapy and discussing topics that may be personally difficult. During animal assisted therapy, the clinician and therapy dog will work together to provide an effective treatment. This allows the patient to feel comfortable, supported and in a safe environment. Therapy animals can also help children through play therapy, by teaching them appropriate boundaries, forgiveness, and allowing them to get in touch with emotions as the animal tends to react differently depending how a person is feeling.
Because there will be different therapy settings according to the patient, the facility will have different types of therapy/counseling rooms: single therapy room, group therapy room, play therapy room and massage therapy room. The center will also include spaces for the complimentary services as well as staff and administrative designated spaces.
- Muladhara or Root Chakra: The word muladhara breaks down into two words, mula meaning “root” and adhara meaning “support” or “base”. This root or base is responsible for a sense of safety and security.
- Much like the definition of muladhara, therapy animals are the foundation of a support system that allows patients to feel comforted, accepted and understood.
- The meaning of muladhara will be visually conveyed by creating a balance between space and mass that will result in the impression of being grounded and supported. A harmonious combination of muted shades of red, the representative color of the root chakra, with shades of green and brown will emphasize on the warmth and comfort patients feel with the assistance of a therapy animal.
- Design principles & elements applied: balance, harmony, emphasis, color, space and mass.
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Counseling & Wellness Center
Ringling College of Art + Design