Maritza Mata, LPC Intern

Primary Specialty:
Relationships, Families, Teens, Self-Esteem & Empowerment

Accepts New Patients

I operate from a Person-Centered approach, which means that I value the person sitting across from me in session as someone who is capable of self-directed growth. I believe that we are all the experts of our own lives, and only we can recognize the struggles we’ve faced. With empathy, unconditional-positive regard, and authenticity, I trust my clients are able to develop a better sense of self-worth, trust in themselves, and willingness to continue exploring life. When you come to therapy, you are allowing yourself to have space to heal and grow from your trauma.

For relationships, I believe we are all part of a system, in society and overall in life. Oftentimes, poor communication is the main reason we are unable to feel connected to our friend(s), sibling(s), parent(s), spouse, partner, coworker(s), etc. Learning about nonverbal cues, bids for connection, love languages, and attentive reflecting and listening skills can be some of the few tweaks you might need in order to change your way of interacting with others. Being present at home after a long day of work or being present at work after a tough night at home is a common challenge we have all faced.

Still, without being able to hold space for each other in a family system, tensions build up and low communication can transform into non-communication. In terms of partners, did you know that the average couple tends to wait 6 years before seeking marital help? (Gottman, J.M. 1994) I have received Gottman Level 1 & Level 2 trainings, which means I possess the clinical foundations of the challenges and tells of a relationship that is headed towards divorce. A poor marriage affects the couple, the children, home life satisfaction, home-work balance, the children’s performance in school, and so much more.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a Minor in Human Services from Sam Houston State University.

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (CACREP Accredited program) from Sam Houston State University.

Trainings:

Burnout & Compassion Fatigue: The Ethical Need for Self-Care
Mental Health Professionals in Court
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Gottman Level 1
Gottman Level 2
Parenting Skills Workshop
Social Skills Group for children 8-10 with ADHD
Suicide: Trauma Informed Treatment with Children, Adolescents and Adults
Communication, Sex, and Technology
Treating Mental Health in the LGBTQIA+ Community

About me:

I was born and raised in Houston, TX, and I am very proud of that. I enjoy many different forms of art and am in love with music. I definitely could not imagine my life without it. At the moment, one of my favorite artists would have to be The Weeknd, but it really all depends on my mood and what I am doing. I enjoy reading crime and romance novels, as well as watching anything with Iron Man in it. I am a huge Marvel fanatic, and I especially love The Avengers series.
I consider myself to be a very conscientious person. I strive to do well by others and to help out and give all I can. I am diligent, persistent, organized, and empathetic. I thoroughly enjoy learning new things and teaching others as well. I believe the world would be a better place if we all were more thoughtful of each other.