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Maria Zavala, NCC, LMFT, LPC


Maria Zavala M.S., NCC, LMFT, LPC 

Bilingual: English-Spanish

Maria Zavala MS, NCC, LMFT, LPC, graduated from the University of Houston/Downtown with a B.S. in Psychology and Our Lady of the Lake University with an M.S. in Psychology . She completed her master’s degree practicum and worked as a counselor for a total of 4yrs. at the Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department. She has completed the certificate programs for sex therapy and play therapy and is working towards the credentials of Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Her strong and diverse work experience includes Kingwood Pines Psychiatric Hospital, Freedom Place (residential treatment center for victims of sex trafficking), Southwest Key (residential center for unaccompanied minors from other countries), Houston Relationship Therapy (specializes in sex therapy), and other organizations. She has worked with a variety of clients including inpatient, adult, adolescent, children, families, chemically dependent, immigration, Latino and cultural issues, and mentally troubled.  She was born in California and raised by parents from Mexico. She is fully proficient in Spanish and English.