Private Practice Success

Maria Gray,

Be of Service

July is here, half the year has passed. How is your practice? Are you interested in growing your business? If so, I recommend this simple slogan from the 12-Step programs- “When all else fails, be of service.”

When I began my private practice internship, my supervisor encouraged me to pursue volunteer opportunities as I way to market my practice and be of service. I am currently the co-chair of WAAT, the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, and a prior board member of GPALA, the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles. There are so many ways to volunteer, you might decide to serve on a board, help out at networking events, or write newsletter articles.

Having a job at a networking event makes me feel like I am truly part of the event. When I attend LA-CAMFT events I enjoy working on the registration team, and I am often the first person people meet when they walk in the door. By now you are probably wondering, what does this have to do with growing my business? I track all my referrals and have found that the best referrals come from therapists who I have met. The next time you attend a networking event, consider volunteering for a job and see what happens.

Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP, CGP is a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in West Los Angeles and Larchmont. Maria specializes in trauma and addiction. To learn more about Maria’s practice see Maria’s workshop, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Building A Profitable Private Practice But Were Afraid To Ask, is scheduled several times a year on Saturdays in West LA. She is offering an online workshop on Friday, July 14th from 2-5PM. The workshop is suitable for licensed professionals, interns and students. To register, go to