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Mason Fraley

MA-Level Intern

Specialties

  • anxiety
  • church hurt
  • depression
  • interpersonal/communication issues
  • life transitions
  • men’s issues
  • spiritual direction
  • trauma
  • shame/self-loathing
  • PTSD
  • anger
  • sexual issues

Experience Level

Client focus

Age

  • seniors (65+)
  • adults (18+)
  • older teens (16-17)
  • young teens (14-15)

counseling type

  • individuals
  • couples
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

It may sound strange, but I believe that people are like plants – when given the right conditions, we naturally grow and flourish. Apart from the bare necessities like food, clothing, and shelter, the most vital condition for happiness is human connection. At every level, our minds and bodies are wired for it. It is by feeling seen, heard, known, and cared for that we acquire the resilience to not only navigate the challenges of life, but to triumph over them and thrive.

Our relationships are like a mirror: from them, we learn how to perceive ourselves. Many of us have been hurt or neglected -sometimes in big ways, usually in small ways that add up over time- by the people most important in our lives. These injuries can metastasize into a kind of mental cancer. Maybe we become unkind, even cruel, to ourselves or maybe we ignore ourselves because we’ve learned from others that we are unworthy of love or care. We develop coping strategies like avoiding our real feelings and pretending to be okay when we are actually suffering. We hide our true selves from the world because we feel alone in our pain.

But you are not alone. I believe that the role of counseling is to provide a place where you can be your true self; a place where you can share your real thoughts and feelings; a place where you can hold out whatever it is that you are most deeply afraid or ashamed of, knowing that this time, you will be embraced and cared for. This time, you will find connection. This connection with another (and with ourselves) is warmth, water, and sunlight to the soul enabling it to grow strong, healthy, and resilient again.

Maybe something is clearly a major obstacle for your growth and forward movement in life, and you’re looking for help; or maybe you just have a sense that something is “off” and you’re looking for an experienced companion on the journey. Whatever your needs, I consider it an absolute privilege to play some role in your triumph story.

Lastly, I believe strongly that God’s amazing purpose for the whole world -and us within it- is healing, renewal, and ultimately resurrection. The counseling relationship is a powerful avenue of God’s healing grace and mercy which always transform whatever they touch. That touch of grace is truly a taste of the resurrection, and that day when God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4); Behold, he makes everything new! (v. 5)

What to Expect in Therapy

If after meeting, we both think we’re a good fit for each other, then all of my attention belongs to you.

Maybe you’re eager and ready to dive into the murky caverns of your subconscious, or maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, afraid, or embarrassed to be vulnerable with a stranger. Whatever it is, I get it, because I’ve been in the client’s chair myself.

I’m committed to going at whatever speed is comfortable for you. Maybe you know exactly what’s burdening you, or maybe you just have a vague sense that something is holding you back. That’s okay! We’ll work as partners to explore it. I’m committed to providing whatever tools and approach are best for your unique needs and goals.

If you desire to talk about your relationship with God, faith, and spirituality, I welcome that. We can incorporate faith at your comfort level.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

In 2008, I joined St. John Vianney Theological Seminary where I earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and eventually a Master of Divinity degree. I was in ministry for about six years until 2022, when I decided to pursue professional counseling.

I have gotten to walk with people in every stage of life, in their best and worst moments, in joy and pain, and I’ve seen God bring redemption in all of it.

I’m nearing the end of my journey of pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I would feel honored to come alongside you in your counseling journey.

Personal Interests

I’ve lived in or around Denver for basically my whole life. I have a passion for health (mental and physical) and fitness.

I spend my free time with my best friends, geeking out about the Bible and theology, writing, and cooking.

I’ve had a stutter since I was a kid which has taught me a lot about how to navigate obstacles and suffering as well as how possessing levity and a sense of humor is indispensable for joy.

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The acceptance of oneself is the epitome of a whole outlook upon life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ—all these are undoubtedly great virtues. For, what I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. 

But what if I should discover that the least amongst them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself—that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindnessthat I myself am the enemy who must be loved—what then?

Well, then the Christians attitude is reversed, and there is no longer any question of love or long-suffering; we say to the brother within us ‘Raca’, and we condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide it from the world; we refuse to admit ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves. And had it been God himself who drew near to us in this despicable form, we should have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed.”

-Carl Jung

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