At the end of January, Northwest Behavioral moved out of its offices in the Ohio Street Workstudios building and into its own unit in the Sunset Professional Building at 3031 Orleans St., Suite 101, next to Whatcom Educational Credit Union.
This is the first time Northwest Behavioral counselors have had their own space, and Mary Ann Boyle, the clinic’s owner, said it’s a great space for them.
“I like the visibility and I really, really like how it feels for us as a team,” Boyle said.
Their new space allows the eight counselors to collaborate more because they see each other more frequently, Boyle said, and that’s better for them and the patients.
The unit, which is located in the three-year-old Sunset Professional Building, had never been occupied before Northwest Behavioral’s move.
“When I saw this space the floor was dirt,” Boyle said.
And that made it easy for Boyle to make the 2,500-square-foot space what she wanted. The lobby is warm and artsy, with soft lighting, a tall fountain and a welded tree winding around a pole in the middle of the room and its metallic branches covering a portion of the ceiling.
Each office is also incredibly quiet, especially considering the relatively busy street in front of the building. Boyle worked hard to soundproof the rooms, she said, and to make all of the rooms cozy rather than clinical ― they banned florescent overhead lights from the facility.
The area is also ideal for the clinic, Boyle said. There are trails nearby, regular bus service and ample parking. The old location was great, Boyle said, but didn’t have enough parking or space for Northwest Behavioral to keep all of its files.
One counselor, Amy Glasser, remained in her Workstudios office. Boyle said she plans to bring on another counselor to fill an empty office at the new location.
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