Dr. Katherine Grace
When I was six my grandfather told me that there were wee little people who knew all kinds of things on top of the kitchen cupboard. I wanted a cupboard like that to make my kitchen magical. Thus began my fascination with the effects of space on our psychology, though I wouldn't have put it quite that way at the time.
Wherever I went, I was aware of how I had to behave and how I felt in each place. I'd move things around in my childhood room and later in my own homes to achieve both a practical and a feeling affect. I'd paint the walls, introduce different lighting, change the soundscape, textures, flow to acheive the results I sought.
My skills in creating particular looks, feel and function made me a successful landlord and retailer. My work with space was the focus of my doctoral dissertation. I proved that space both consciously and unconcsiously affects and reflects our emotions, thinking and behavior.
As a psychotherapist I made house calls and learned more about what was going on with a client in one visit to their home than I'd learn in years of seeing a client in my office. The magic of space is its ability, in the right hands, to reveal unseen patterns and challenges. And, the power of space is its ability to shift those patterns and foster success.
I've created hugely positive shifts in people's lives, businesses and practices by carefully adjusting their spaces.
My doctoral dissertation,
"A Phenomenological Study of Psychiatrists' Offices from a Depth Psychological Perspective through the Lens of Feng Shui"**, demonstrated that feng shui is an effective tool for discovering aspects of one's unconscious.
**Available on amazon as Feng Shui, Psychology & Psychiatry
Natural Home magazine
Hudson Reporter newspaper