Private Practice Success: Websites 101

Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP

Are you familiar with the saying by Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”? This is the first in a series of articles on building your website, I have divided the process into small “steps”, so it feels more manageable.

Start by doing some research; check out your colleagues’ websites. Notice your preferences and create an online document with links or just write them down. Review content, colors, fonts, graphics and images.

I like the painter David Hockney, and that influences my color and design choices. For additional design ideas, google “PC Magazine’s Top 100 websites” or “Webbyawards” an organization that honors creative internet media .

Spend some time exploring fonts, there are numerous websites for fonts, try or search for website fonts.

Decide how many pages you would like for your site. Don’t start writing yet, just develop your list of pages. You may want to start with just a few pages like: Home, About Me, My Practice, and Contact. You can always add on later. If you like to write you may want to include a Blog page.

Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP is a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in West LA and Silver Lake. Maria specializes in trauma and addiction. To learn more about Maria’s practice see Maria’s next marketing workshop, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Building A Profitable Private Practice But Were Afraid To Ask, is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th. This is the last 2016 workshop. To register, go to