TRD Bio

The Reverend Dr.

In the courtyard at Union Theological Seminary in New York

The Reverend Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason is an ordained minister and licensed psychotherapist practicing in New York City, where she lives with her husband and their two tomcats. TRD acts as Managing Director for the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute, where she also provides clinical supervision and counsels clients at its St. John’s Counseling Center. She additionally serves as the In Care/In Covenant Coordinator for the Metro NY Unitarian Universalist District, supporting seminarians in their ministerial formation.

In recent years, TRD has been invited to teach on the adjunct faculties of Union Theological Seminary, the Fordham Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, and the Spirituality-Mind Body Institute at Columbia University Teachers College. Formerly, she served as the Curriculum Co-Chair for the Association for Spirituality & Psychotherapy continuing education program and also as a Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling Programs at the Blanton-Peale Institute, where she also taught on the Advanced Studies faculty and supervised students.

Raised in southern New England, TRD was educated at Catholic and girls’ schools before studying literature and creative writing at Harvard College and the University of Michigan. She graduated with honors from Harvard and while she was a Colby Fellow at Michigan, she won the 1995 Hopwood Award for Major Essay. She later taught in the English Department at George Washington University and worked as a book reviewer for Washington area newspapers. In 1997, she was named a member of the National Book Critics Circle. That same year she also resided at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts on a Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship.

Throughout her career, TRD has been fascinated by sacred story and narrative knowing; even today, she continue to explore their many therapeutic, educative, and spiritual implications. Her dual professional degrees were completed at Union Theological Seminary and the Columbia University School of Social Work, and TRD later earned a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology.

An anthologized essayist, TRD has published numerous articles in the popular press as well as in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, writing on such topics as “The Sacrament of Gratitude” and “Story as Scripture, Therapy, Ritual”. Her interests include narrative practice, trauma studies, feminist theory, Twelve-Step Recovery, religious literacy, logotherapy, process theology, psychospiritual inquiry, contemplative practices, spiritual autobiography, interfaith dialogue, Universalism, yoga, and American Transcentalist thought.

Video clips of a recent workshop TRD offered at the NY Open Center for the PSI in Practice series are available online and also on the PSI channel on YouTube. These clips contain highlights from her talk on the topic of ‘Spiritual Self-Care’.

See Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1R5pqm3yc8

See Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad-10JuD9Lc

Today TRD lectures and teaches, speaks and preaches throughout the metropolitan New York area, where she occasionally consults with faith groups on mental health matters. TRD has served on a number of boards, including those for the Universalist National Memorial Church, the Murray Grove Association, the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship, the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the St. Lawrence Fund, and the UU Society for Community Ministries, where she now serves as Good Officer. She is also Community Minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Brooklyn, and both preaches and offers adult religious education there.

Further information about The Reverend Dr. and her work is available at her Linked-In profile at www.linkedin.com/in/kellymurphymason.

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