Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers.

I help clients of diverse identities (including poly/non-monogamous, kinky, LGBTQ+) get to know themselves better so that they can encounter new and challenging experiences in a way that feels congruent and meaningful.

I believe that our distress has something to teach us, yet so often we turn away from it to avoid painful feelings and make it through the day. Leaning into things that disturb us has the power to awaken us to our wholeness and healing. But often, this work takes support and guidance from someone who can be objective and compassionate, curious and encouraging when we don’t see how to go further.

In my experience, embarking on a journey toward greater self-knowledge can be daunting. The path we walk is complex, dynamic, fluid, and rich.  It is crucial to feel understood and valued along the way, to have someone walk with us who support the whole of who we are as we encounter parts of ourselves we have marginalized. I provide a therapeutic relationship characterized by radical validation and unconditional positive regard so that you can feel safe, seen, and supported on your voyage.

My hope is that I can help you balance your feelings, and learn what this feels like so that you can find that equilibrium on your own. This ability can allow you the inner security to face and learn from difficult emotions.

You have what you need within you. Your emotions, relationships, body, and lived experiences help illuminate the way forward, yet you might struggle to comprehend/integrate the full message. I am here to help you in your exploration and discovery.  Together, we can work to recognize the signals that disturb you and unfolding their deeper meaning.

Education & Professional Memberships

Elizabeth has been trained as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and also has had a therapy dog.  Clients who are experiencing depression, loss, or long standing difficulties in relationships sometimes find a therapy animal can offer a unique channel of healing that may not require words.

Elizabeth has trained at the following organizations:

University of Findlay
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)
Pet Partners (Previously the Delta Society)

Elizabeth is a member of:

American Psychological Association
Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology
Division 44, Society for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)


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