The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason, LICSW
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Expertise
My holistic approach honors the mind-body-soul connection, and I provide individual coaching and spiritual companioning to people who value an integrative approach. I myself have been certified as a yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Teacher Alliance. I can teach clients "resource tapping" and meditative techniques for self-soothing, improved mood, and enhanced performance.
As a couples counselor, I rely primarily on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), although I do borrow from the Gottman Method, as well. I am certified to offer marriage enrichment and premarital counseling through PREPARE/ENRICH programming. Additionally, I am registered to perform marriages as a legal officiant. All my couples work has a strong educational component to it. Interfaith couples are a particular focus of mine.
For years, I have counseled and mentored spiritual leaders, clergy members, and religious professionals from several different faith traditions. A former client once characterized my role as "the voice of what is real." In 2017, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors gave me a Distinguished Contribution Award for "vital contributions to the field of pastoral care and counseling" and "innovative and visionary leadership" in institutional settings.
It is vitally important for people to be able to name their experiences; it allows them to honor their own truth. While I am especially sensitive to psychospiritual issues, I am respectful of whatever principles people use to organize their lives, be they aspirations, aesthetics, beliefs, or values.
Ultimately, I trust the transpersonal approach to transformation. I have studied logotherapy extensively and draw insight from a variety of wisdom traditions and spiritual disciplines, as well as from the latest findings in positive psychology, trauma studies, and neuroscience. I have been a frequent speaker on the intersections of spirituality and psychotherapy and given workshops and lectures at universities, hospitals, congregations, national conferences, and retreat centers. I have been interviewed for media outlets such as New York Magazine and the New York Post.
My work is informed by wisdom traditions, religious insights, spiritual teachings, narrative approaches, and positive psychology and personality type alike. Clients' signature strengths and unique ways of knowing are readily enlisted when we find those approaches most authentic to them.
An anthologized essayist and book critic, I have written for Slate, Beliefnet, The Washington Post Book World, Time Out-New York, and the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. I read widely and eclectically; I am always glad to engage in bibliotherapy with clients who are curious about certain subjects. Throughout my career, I have been fascinated by sacred story and narrative knowing; even today, I continue to explore their many therapeutic, educative, and spiritual implications.