Dr. Risa Mason is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Charleston, SC and a regular columnist for the Charleston Mercury. She resides on Daniel Island, SC. Her greatest passions are writing and travel, and she enjoys writing about her travel adventures as they relate to human emotion and spiritual enlightenment.
Dr. Mason earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and her Doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University in New York City.
Dr. Mason performed her clinical training with child/adolescent and adult populations at The Tufts University Counseling Center in Medford, MA, Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, NY, The New Rochelle School District in New Rochelle, NY, and The Counseling and Substance Abuse Services Center at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.
Prior to beginning her private practice, Dr. Mason worked on the child/adolescent and adult inpatient units of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Institute of Psychiatry and Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health Hospital. She also facilitated adult outpatient psychiatry groups and Drug/Alcohol Recovery groups at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health Hospital.
Dr. Mason specializes in helping people to Live, Dream, and Thrive, by teaching them to act authentically, trust their inner voice, honor their beliefs and values, and recognize their goals and dreams. Dr. Mason believes that when people learn to block out irrelevant stimuli from their environment, quiet their mind, and appreciate the gift of inner peace and stillness, they are able to listen more deeply to the voice of their soul and choose a life path that will ultimately lead to personal fulfillment and joy.
Dr. Mason is a past support group facilitator at the Center for Women in Charleston, SC and she currently acts as Executive Director for a nonprofit foundation called the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness. In addition to her work as a private practice clinician and Executive Director, Dr. Mason also conducts training programs, speeches and seminars on a wide range of women’s issues. Finally, Dr. Mason is a regular columnist for the Charleston Mercury newspaper. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the South Carolina Psychological Association.