Some people just know what they want to do for a living; others arrive at their perfect job through a journey of life experiences. Rona Hitlin-Mason knew that she liked working with people; she is innately interested in what makes someone ‘tick’. Throughout her life, family, friends, coworkers and even complete strangers would open up to her and tell her their life story. And although she had an undergraduate degree in Psychology, private practice was not the ultimate goal – at first.
“Life is quirky. You keep taking one step at a time. And suddenly you find yourself exactly where you’re supposed to be.”
For Rona Hitlin-Mason, Finding Life's Purpose Was All in the Journey
The Dependable One
“I was the dependable one.” Rona explains. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Rona enjoyed school and was the quintessential good and compliant student. But life is all about risk and taking chances. For Rona, risk taking began with her leaving New York City for Nashville, Tennessee. Two years later a career move brought her to the Washington D.C area where Rona found work in administration and finance, and even earned a master’s degree in accounting. But something was just not right… yet.
A Defining Moment
Wanting to use more of her interpersonal skills, Rona became a volunteer facilitator for a support group for people going through separation and divorce. Within a year she was asked to train other facilitators. “I was not enjoying my professional work and I really liked this volunteer work. I was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life."
Along the way, Rona went to a career workshop where the leader asked a different question: "Everybody says they wonder what they’re going to be when they grow up. Instead, think about what you would do if nothing stopped you." And Rona recalls her answer. “I knew in a second; I’d go on to be a therapist. In a flash. In just that second, it became clear. I decided to go back to school, and get a master's in counseling.”
That clarity has led Rona to become the highly-qualified counselor and therapist she is today. Since completing her master’s degree from George Mason and a post-graduate certificate in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech, Rona has been helping Northern Virginia couples and families for over 15 years.
It is Rona’s unique blend of personal experience and unwavering passion to see her clients succeed, that enables her to distinguish herself from other therapists. “The word I hear a lot is that I’m helpful. I am practical with people and they feel safe with me. Most of all, I believe in people; we all have a better part of ourselves. I know we can make a change if we choose to, and when we feel supported to do so. That deep belief helps me connect with my clients in a meaningful way.”
Understanding YOUR Journey
So if you’re struggling with life changes such as a divorce, a death, or difficulty in a relationship; seeking relief from symptoms of sadness, anxiety or hopelessness; or want to pursue your own personal exploration and growth, don’t settle. Turn to a professional who knows what life’s journey is all about. Let Rona Hitlin-Mason help you overcome your obstacles, find your inspiration, and set you on journey to a purposeful, fulfilling life.
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
George Mason University, M.Ed., Counseling and Development
Georgetown University, M.S., Accounting
Brooklyn College, B.A., cum laude, Psychology
Certified Discernment Counselor
Collaborative Divorce Coach
Certified, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Facilitator, Children Coping with Parental Separation and Divorce
Member, American Counseling Association
Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Member, Virginia Collaborative Professionals
Board Member, Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia
Member, Loudon Collaborative Professionals
Member, Northern Virginia Association of Licensed Professional Counselors
"... as I re-weave the tapestry that is my life story, I often think of Rona -- things she said, questions she asked, advice she offered, and what she helped me to see. I have even found myself repeating some of the things to other people, telling them how grateful I am that I met her when I did..."
A former client says...
R.P. - Reston, VA