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Meet our Team

At Divergent Path Wellness our team is guided by the values of authenticity (being vulnerable in the service of our personal values), sustainability (caring for ourselves so we can care for our clients), and honoring lived experience (committed to anti-oppression and being humble to the limits of our own experience). Get to know us.

Ames Gersten, MSW

Ames (they/them) is a resident therapist in the Charlottesville office serving clients in both in-person and online sessions. A supervisee in social work, they are supervised by Helen Dempsey-Henofer LCSW.

Experienced in affirming social work practice with transgender and nonbinary people and Autistic adults, they prioritize diverse human connection in their work, Ames collaborates with clients to create space for authenticity, joy and wellness in their lives and relationships.

 

If you are seeking a therapist to join with you in realizing your vision of an authentic joyful life centered around your unique path to wellness, schedule your free consultation. 

55-minute individual session with Ames: $150

In-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Matthew Christensen, MSW

Matthew (he/him) is a resident therapist serving clients with evening and weekday availability online and in-person in the Charlottesville office. A supervisee in social work, Matthew also offers walk-and-talk sessions. 

Informed by lived experience recovering from religious trauma and embracing his queer identity, Matthew's passion for offering therapy that honors people just as they are draws from these life experiences as well as his own experiences in therapy. 

 

If you are seeking a therapist to support you in taking up space in your life with new authenticity, Matthew is ready to walk beside you (sometimes literally) on your path to self-discovery. 

55-minute individual session with Matthew: $150

In-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Elease Cook, LCSW

Elease (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker serving clients on evenings and weekends both online and in-person in the Charlottesville office.

With a unique blend of imaginative spark and practical feedback, Elease co-creates new possibilities with Black women and nonbinary people questioning played-out patterns and daring to reimagine their stories. 

 

Whether in Bookish Beauties Book Group for Black women or individual therapy, Elease is ready to empower you in embracing your main-character energy, 

55-minute individual session with Elease: $180

In-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Partnering with Headway to accept Aetna

Hannah Dickey, MSW

Hannah (she/they) is a resident therapist serving clients across Virginia in online sessions. A supervisee in social work, she is supervised by Helen Dempsey-Henofer LCSW.

Balancing directness with humor and genuine care, Hannah is committed to developing queer clinical competencies both as an advocate and a clinician. They support clients in moving beyond self-acceptance to celebration of queer identity.

 

Their passion for affirming therapy is evident both in individual therapy and as the facilitator of Queering Self-Care, a group for LGBTQ+ young adults. 

55-minute individual session with Hannah: $150

In-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Helen Dempsey-Henofer
LCSW, ADHD-CCSP

Helen (they/them) is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of Divergent Path Wellness. Helen provides in-office and walk-and-talk sessions in Charlottesville.

As a queer AuDHD Atheist and lifelong resident of the Southern U.S. they are acutely aware of the importance of informed, affirming therapy for LGBTQIA+ and Neurodivergent people as well as individuals with a religious or spiritual trauma history. Beyond individual therapy, Helen offers professional development, expanding what it means to offer inclusive mental health services. 

 

Nonconforming humans who are navigating relationship hurdles and mysteries, chronic self-doubt and anxiety discover greater security and clarity while working with Helen. 

55-minute individual session with Helen: $235

In-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

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