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Can we be honest? 

I'm glad you're you. I also know being you can be hard. 

Sometimes differences in processing information, sensory experiences, and navigating relationships contribute to self-questioning and struggles with mood and anxiety. This is especially true if you've gotten the message that the way you do life is wrong. So frustrating, but for many of us (I'm a neurodivergent person with ADHD) these not awesome messages are  part of our reality. 

ND Affirming therapy online across Virginia and

in-person in the Charlottesville office


Supporting neurodivergent adults navigating challenges in relationships and not-so-affirming environments

Do any of the following describe your experience?

  • Sensory experiences - needing more or less stimulation - can present challenges.

  • You've been criticized or worry about not fitting in like a "normal" person.

  • You struggle with the everyday tasks of life that are needed but boring.

  • You crave clear honest communication and are confused and frustrated by mysterious social rules.

  • It's discouraging, the expectation to conform to a box you just don't fit in. 

If these sound true for you, I want you to know that even if you are really struggling, nothing is wrong with you. It's a reality that brains are diverse and with neurodiversity come different experiences. As true as this is, it is still challenging to be yourself in a world not designed for you. That is valid as its own source of stress. It is one hundred percent okay to seek support that honors your experience.


Please note: Helen Dempsey-Henofer LCSW strives to provide affirming therapy. 

They do not provide formal assessment for Autism or ADHD. Referrals are made to others providers for people seeking diagnosis. 

What happens when we stop
pathologizing difference?

-Jenara Nerenberg

You deserve space where you can be you

It’s possible to feel better.


Imagine a life where you could...

  • Honor your experience 

  • Treat yourself with kindness

  • Reconnect with who you are

  • Give yourself permission to live your life in ways that work for you

Your experience is your own. 

Some of us like the terms neurospicy or to think of neurodivergence as a super strength (which, in many ways, it is), but when you're struggling its difficult to see it that way and you might have moments of struggling with the question, "Why am I the way I am?" and rejecting yourself, "Stupid brain!


You will have space to share your experience and develop skills for self-acceptance.

Even if you are not sure how a therapist could help, in ND Affirming Therapy you'll find acceptance and support when life, and being a human with the brain you've got, is challenging.


How ND Affirming Therapy Works

Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I support clients in creating space for their experience, putting together what's most important, and making space for growth and healing. Much of our work together is focused on building self-compassion. Therapy moves at your own pace. ND Affirming Therapy consists of 55-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. I am with you the entire way. In addition to listening, I will help you make connections and play an active role. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:

Research shows that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can alleviate your struggle with thinking, beliefs, emotions, and experiences.

Let’s Get Started Today

Ready to start feeling better? If you feel stressed out and overlooked, unsure of how to find your way, ND Affirming therapy could help.

Start now and begin allowing your heart to heal through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. During your free online consultation you can start getting a feel for how I can help and we can discuss next steps.

Connect Today for your free online consultation from the Contact page.

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