St. Bonaventure University

School of Education Faculty

Mason, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Mason

Counselor Education
School of Education

Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
Works remotely
  • CE 530. Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • CE 640. Introduction to Addictions
  • CE 610. Practicum in Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, William and Mary, May 2021
  • M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling, William and Mary, May 2018
  • B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Cognitive Science, Minor in Sociology, University of Virginia, May 2013
More than one year of coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University for Post Baccalaureate Health Sciences Certificate Program (2013-2014). Courses taken: Chemistry I, II; Chemistry Lab I, II; Biological Science I, II; Biological Sciences Lab I, II.
  • Five years of experience as a counseling intern and resident counselor working with clients who struggle with substance use and/or require court-mandated services.
  • Proficient in motivational interviewing (MI), person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused therapies.
  • Experience with clients who struggle with personality disorders, attachment wounds, difficulty in regulating emotions and who have anxiety, depression, and other comorbid diagnoses that compound the stressors of SUDs and process addictions. 

Constructivist-Developmental: I believe learning is student-centered and both personally and professionally transformative. Through experiential activities, opportunities for critical reflection, and the right balance of challenge and support, I believe students can reach their full potential by building upon their natural strengths as they become counselors.

I believe in an equitable classroom that privileges voices from all marginalized groups and fosters mutual respect between all classmates and the instructor. Feedback is crucial to growing; therefore, I incorporate constructive and meaningful feedback when assessing student learning and reviewing portfolios of clinical work.

I take time and care to know each student as fully as possible to help them grow as clinicians and future advocates in the profession. 

I am researching topics related to successful recovery for LGBTQ+ clients, as well as those from other intersecting identities. I am very interested in the role of spirituality and connectedness with others in fostering wellness, particularly for clients from marginalized backgrounds who are in recovery.

Outside of school, I am very interested in true crime documentaries, playing with my Corgi Teddy, and spending time with my fiancé while watching our favorite shows and exploring all Virginia has to offer!

I love exercising, cultivating spirituality and mindfulness-based practices, and good conversations over coffee about betters ways to live and seek meaning. I am broadly interested in trying ways to make wellness-based activities a daily part of my life.

Regarding community involvement, I advocate for both the profession and the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities by participating in the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA), divisions and branches of ACA, and of course, ACES.  


I am a Richmond, Virginia, native and through my various years of education, have lived all over Virginia. As the kid of an elementary school teacher and pastor, my lifelong endeavors in helping and teaching others while seeking spiritual fulfillment are no surprise. I am a strong believer that an unexamined life is a life where opportunity is missed. About a decade ago, I saw myself going through medical school with the hopes of becoming a psychiatrist. I am so glad I changed paths and pivoted to get my master's in clinical mental health/addictions counseling. I could think of no better fit.