Nathaniel Mason

Nathaniel Mason

Professional Background

Dr. Nathaniel Mason is an Assistant Professor for the School of Education, teaching remotely in Counselor Education. His passion translates into his experience, working five years as a counseling intern and resident counselor with clients who struggle with substance use and/or require court-mandated services. Dr. Mason has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, enhancing his skills in motivational interviewing (MI), person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapies.

In the classroom, his teaching philosophy focuses on student-centered learning. With a balance of challenge and support, Dr. Mason encourages students to build upon their natural strengths through experiential activities and reflection. He believes that an equitable classroom and meaningful feedback will help students grow as clinicians and future advocates in the profession. 

Dr. Mason is a strong believer in the role of spirituality and connectedness with others in fostering wellness, particularly for clients from marginalized backgrounds who are in recovery. Therefore, his current research topics are related to successful recovery for LGBTQ+ clients, as well as those from other intersecting identities. He participated in the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), divisions and branches of ACA, and ACES. 

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, William and Mary, May 2021
  • M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling, William and Mary, May 2018
  • B.A., Psychology, B.A. Cognitive Science, Minor in Sociology, University of Virginia, May 2013