Victoria Mata is currently in process of completing her Masters in Christian Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) and will be serving Agapé as the clinical intern for the summer of 2019. Her passion for helping and understanding people, specifically through their struggles, began as a child. She has always had an interest in psychology, sociology, humanitarian efforts, and the like. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in business and entrepreneurship, Victoria joined a global missions organization as a college campus minister in the United States. That time in vocational ministry deepened her passion to comprehend and assist the inner-worlds of those she served. To quote Victoria: “While ministry gave me many great tools and invaluable experiences, I knew there was more for me to learn. Being in the program at GCTS has enhanced my perspective on wellness and has confirmed my desire to be an agent of healing and help”.
Victoria has a passion to assist underserved populations as a part of my work. Recently, she finished two internship rotations with a local organization that serves incarcerated individuals in the Mecklenburg County jail system. As a counseling intern, she provided group therapy and individual therapy to adult women, and group therapy to adolescent boys and girls of all different backgrounds. Victoria worked with a wide range of issues including, anxiety, depression, grief, personality difficulties, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and general life stressors. Her group therapies were psychoeducational in nature covering an array of matters from coping, to self-worth, to developing healthy relationships. Victoria believes that her experience with this special population was life-changing and humbling and it made her a better person and a better counselor.
I have an “appetite” for life and believe in God’s goodness both, in nature and people. My husband and I are currently developing “green thumbs,” as we focus on the growth of our new garden. We also have a cat named Oliver (“Ollie” for short), who is wild and mischievous. I enjoy too many things to list, but some things include tea on the porch, spiritual reflections, Taco Tuesdays, visiting with friends and family, and long hikes in the great outdoors.