Christie Mason has her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign, a Master's in Social Work from Aurora University, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She's been a therapist for more than 10 years and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Dr. Mason enjoys working with age groups throughout the lifespan, from pre-school to older adult. She has extensive experience in the areas of adoption and attachment, sexual abuse/trauma, anxiety and depression. Christie is passionate about helping people develop deeper self-understanding so that they may relate to themselves and others in ways that are life-giving. She has previously worked as a therapist for child and adolescent sexual abuse survivors and as a coordinator of youth services at a not-for-profit agency, where she provided and supervised office-based, school-based, and community-based counseling.
In addition to her work as a clinician, Christie teaches graduate level courses in social work at Loyola University Chicago. She edited a journal of student scholarship while a student at Loyola, and she completed research on therapies to help late-placed foster or adopted children and their parents. Christie enjoys presenting to professional and community groups on topics including attachment in adoption, conflict resolution, sexual decision-making in adolescence, play therapy, anxiety management, and ethics for mental health practitioners. She works out of the St. Charles office.