The Secular Therapist Project Names New Director

Kansas City, KS - The board of Recovering from Religion (RfR) is thrilled to announce that Dr. Caleb Lack will be assuming the leadership position as director of the Secular Therapy Project (STP). The STP is a program of RfR, a non-profit organization, and was founded in 2011 to help people who are looking for a psychologist, counselor, or psychotherapist find a licensed, secular mental health practitioner who uses evidence-based methods.

Dr. Lack states, "Having seen the damage done by therapists who unethically bring their personal beliefs into the therapeutic relationship, I am very excited to help members of our community connect with truly secular mental health professionals. Another positive and unique aspect of the STP is that we extensively screen our therapists before allowing them to be part of our database. This means that our therapists are known for using those psychotherapy methods which have been shown to reliably help people change their behavior."

Dr. Lack is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of psychology who has authored six books and over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He also has over 10 years of experience training mental health clinicians in evidence-based therapy and assessment. Personally, he specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for severe anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.

Outgoing director Dr. Darrel Ray, Chairman of the Board for RfR and founder of the STP, will be refocusing his time on other activities at Recovering from Religion. About the transition, he says "Dr. Lack has been a committed member of the STP for three years and a strong contributor to the project. Last year, on his own initiative, he took on the task of putting together a team of IT experts to do a complete redesign of the project website and database. With his leadership we will not only see a state of the art website but also continued growth of the STP to serve a far greater client base."

In four and a half years, the Secular Therapist Project has grown from an idea into an organization that serves over 7,000 clients and has over 260 registered therapists on the site. Registration and contact with therapists is free, private, and confidential at If you are a mental health professional, please consider applying to join the STP for free as well.

Recovering From Religion is led by Executive Director Gayle Jordan and provides practical support and resources to individuals reconsidering the role of religion in their lives.


Recovering from Religion is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting people who experience emotional and practical issues as a result of leaving their faith.