JUNE 11, 2019
THE CLINICIAN’S CORNER IS AN ONGOING FEATURE OF THE ADDICTION/RECOVERY eBULLETIN. WE SEND OUR PARTICIPANTS FORTY QUESTIONS AND ASK THEM TO CHOOSE TWENTY THEY WOULD LIKE TO ANSWER. IT INCLUDES A SHORT PROFILE AND A LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.
Maria Gray, LMFT, NMP, CGP is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to individuals and groups. Prior to becoming a therapist, Maria had a long, successful career as a technology consultant. One day, during a break from a busy corporate job, she became inspired while attending a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. After returning from the trip revitalized and invigorated, she applied to graduate school and earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Maria’s approach combines a relational style with somatic psychotherapy. She has a specific focus on trauma and addictions and is certified in Brainspotting, EMDR and NARM. These three therapeutic models are: resource-oriented, non-regressive, and non-pathologizing. Maria is passionate about helping people thrive in private practice, and offers classes and individual business consultation for therapists and other healthcare professionals.
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Alcohol, sobriety date is 09/01/88
Q. At which of the schools you attended did you learn the most?
A. The University of Vermont
Q. If you ever retire, would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, or mountaintop, or penthouse?
Q. What is your favorite hotel or resort?
A. Koa Kea Hotel in Kauai
Q. How do you measure success?
A. By the way a person impacts others.
Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A. Johns Hopkins Division of Endocrinology, specifically to study thyroid disease
Q. Who was your biggest influence throughout your life?
A. My father and grandfather, both were great men and well liked.
Q. What is your current hobby?
A. I love outdoor sports-running, biking, hiking, being.
Q. What is your FAVORITE Radio show, news show or Podcast or APPS?
A. Dan Harris’ 10% Happier podcast on meditation
Q. What is your FAVORITE Non-fiction book genre?
A. I like reading books and research articles about the psychology of money. Bari Tessler’s book entitled The Art of Money is worth reading.
Q. What is your FAVORITE Band/composer/musical artist?
A. The Beatles
Q. Who is your FAVORITE Psychologist or what school of thought as related to psychology?
A. I have two- Dr. Laurence Heller’s NARM (The Neuro Affective Model) and Brainspotting, which was created by Dr. David Grand
Q. What is your FAVORITE Cuisine?
Q. What is your FAVORITE Restaurant?
A. A Votre Sante Brentwood
Q. What is your FAVORITE City?
A. New York
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. Don’t work harder than your clients.
Q. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. I gave up a successful career in the tech industry and returned to school to become a therapist.
Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. When my father gave me my 1 year cake.
Q. Is there a favorite “Quote” you would like to share?
A. Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. (Dr. Paul)
Q. What prompted you to go into the healing profession?
A. A very wise therapist helped me transform my life and I wanted to do the same for others.
Q. Who would your favorite mentor be, dead or alive?
A. My grandfather who owned his own successful construction company during the depression.