Nonreligious Experiences

Living as yourself in the Bible Belt can be isolating. 
The therapy space shouldn't have to be. 

Caring for you, just as you are. 

Being a nonreligious person in the Bible Belt can add a layer to life's challenges and be a challenge all its own. Many people choosing Secular Therapy are tired of being unheard and misunderstood. Perhaps you can relate. Communicating and sorting through grief, as well as navigating community, relationships and parenting might make you feel conflicted and constrained. You need a space where you can do your work, voice your truth, and just be you. 

Secular Therapy online across Virginia and

in-person in the Charlottesville office


Helping Women and Nonbinary Adults openly share and investigate your experiences to better understand your truth.

Do any of the following resonate with you?

  • Social isolation or rejection adds a layer to your challenges.

  • You struggle with finding true connections in relationships.

  • Sharing your honest experience feels like a huge risk. 

  • You're worn out by what feels like a barrage of judgment.

If these sound true for you, I want you to know that the reality is that nonreligious people are both valid kickass humans and commonly experience marginalization in the Southern United States. It makes total sense that you struggle at times and its okay to seek support that understands you.


Secular Therapy Is Your Open Space for Healing

It’s possible to feel better.


Imagine a life where you could...

  • Feel equipped to navigate life's challenges including grief & anxiety.

  • Be able to share your experience in spaces and relationships that are important to you.

  • Create a more meaningful life based on who you are and what you desire.

  • Shift into a more positive and hopeful outlook on life.

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

-Zora Neale Hurston

Secular Therapy for Nonreligious Experiences

Helping You Connect With Your Own Inner Wisdom

Secular Therapy for Nonreligious Experiences equips you with strategies to work through your challenges and start taking action on intention with less less confusion and more confidence.

You will get you the effective skills you need to find your way through difficult feelings and situations and uncover strengths and learn new life skills.

Even if you are nervous about starting therapy, Secular Therapy may be able to help.

I've helped people who've faced enormous life changes to feel capable in their ability to rise to the occasion (even when the occasion sucks). My clients overcome self-doubt to trust in their own capabilities.

My name is Helen Dempsey-Henofer and I am a feminist humanist therapist who is here to help.

I've helped nonreligious people who need an open space where they can work through experiences without fear of judgement. With an evidence-based trauma-informed approach, we collaborate in clarifying what's most important and engage techniques to better navigate challenges, my clients experience greater confidence while living with integrity.


How Secular Therapy Works

Secular Therapy provides a commitment to an evidence-based practice helping you navigate human challenges. The evidence-based framework I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Through ACT, I support clients in creating space for their experience, putting together what's most important, and making space for growth and grief. We will call on your experience and self-knowledge to give our work a sense of direction. Much of our work together is focused on building self-compassion. Therapy moves at your own pace. Secular Therapy consists of 50 or 75-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening,  I will share what the science tells us about what's going on for you and help you better understand the context of your challenges, I 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 behaviors. ACT gives you new tools in you navigate life's challenges.

Let’s Get Started Today

Ready to start feeling better? If you feel alone and lost, unsure of how to find your way, Secular 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.