Dr. Sarah E. Carlson, LPC-S, RPT-S, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Alejandra (Alex) Mata, MA, LPC Associate, NCC has over 10 years of professional experience working
with children. Alex has a life-long love of children, growing up with three nieces and a large extended family. An appreciation for the development of children lead Alex to her passion of assisting children first in education. As an elementary school educator, her students who came from all social and economic walks of life, greatly impacted her personally, which drove her to seek a career as a counselor.
Alex’s professional journey began at Head Start of Greater Dallas where she served children as a long-term substitute. She went on to work as a mentor for a homeless education program in Dallas ISD and at a summer camp through City of Dallas, Parks and Recreation. Alex’s spare time was soon filled with Pre-K Sunday School and coaching a soccer team of three-year-olds. As she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas, she substituted for
Mesquite ISD and later became a certified teacher of Early Childhood- 6th grade with a certificate to foster the education of children with English as a Second Language.
After a few years of teaching all subjects as a general classroom teacher of first and second grade, she taught Spanish to Pre-K – fifth grade students and religion to fifth graders at a Catholic school in Dallas. Most recently, Alex was a nanny of two sweet children under the age of two and applied her ESL certificate to teaching Chinese students online. She holds a master’s degree in professional counseling, from the University of Amberton. She completed her student practicums at a non-profit agency serving victims of domestic violence.
She practices in an eclectic theoretical orientation, focusing, but not limited to, person-centered, in which the client is the center of the therapeutic session and cognitive behavioral therapy, which allows for the client to realize that they have the responsibility and the ability to
assess and adjust their thought process. Birth order and environment also play an important role in the development of a child. Thus, a collaborative relationship with parents and caregivers will be vital to the success of therapy. Play therapy will also be a specialty that Alex
will continue to learn and implement throughout therapeutic sessions.
Alex is a proud native Texan, currently living in Richardson. She works in Frisco at Neurodevelopment Associates of North Texas and at Mighty Oaks under the supervision of Dr.
Sarah Carlson. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and specializes in, but is not limited to, working with children of all ages who have experienced trauma, anxiety, stress, divorce, bullying, and other mental health disorders.
Call Alex: (214) 989- 6627