Researchers have investigated the therapeutic value of institutional healthcare environments in fostering positive medical outcomes and recovery from stress. A designer’s goal is to create healthcare environments that mitigate stress. Healing gardens, views of nature, and legible building plans and signage have been well documented as design features that contribute to positive psychological and physiological health.
-Seating should be warm and comforting.
-Natural light and windows are beneficial in anchoring a client to the therapeutic setting by offering natural views onto greenery.
-Artificial light, such as diffuse spot lighting is a common technique that is used to focus a session and encourage clients to disclose sensitive information.
Paintings: Dimitris Zouroudis_ Painter / Prof. in the faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki