I help clients of diverse identities (including polyam/CNM, kinky, lesbian, gay, bi+, queer, trans and gender diverse, asexual, sex workers/erotic laborers and more ) get to know themselves better so that they can encounter new and challenging experiences in a way that is congruent and meaningful.
I believe that our distress has something to teach us, yet all too often that distress is so overwhelming that it drowns out our ability to hear the message. Leaning into the disturbing has the power to awaken us to our wholeness. But often this work requires support and guidance from someone who can be objective and compassionate, curious and encouraging when we feel so fragile and tender. 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 unfamiliar parts of ourselves. For over ten years, I have provided a therapeutic relationship characterized by radical validation and unconditional positive regard so that you can feel safe, seen, and supported as you heal.
You already have what you need to thrive. Your emotions, relationships, body, and lived experiences help illuminate the way forward, yet you might struggle to decipher the map. I am here to help you in your exploration and discovery. I am here to facilitate your exploration and discovery. Together, we can work to recognize the signals that disturb you and learn from that untapped wisdom.
Education and Training
- University of Findlay
- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
- Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center
- Equulibrium, LLC
- The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)
- Pet Partners
Elizabeth is the Clinical Director at LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center. She began in the mental health field focusing on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, and Animal Assisted Therapy. She spent several years researching and teaching in these areas and although she is no longer practicing AAT/EAT, the time she spent learning with and from animal co-therapists continues to impact her therapeutic stance.
Recent Articles by Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D.
- Alarm Systems: What We Can Learn from Dogs September 20, 2021 - The following is a list of things my new dog has alerted me to since she came to live with me on Friday: The reflection of the TV in the windows A pot that she nudged off the window A child who changed his clothes Me wearing glasses A fox prowling around my quail coop […] Read more “Alarm Systems: What We Can Learn from Dogs”
- Music that Carries Us January 3, 2020 - Staff Favorites has been a monthly installation of 2019 featuring the mental health and self-care picks of LifeWorks’ staff. Thank you for being on this human journey with us, and for sharing the various experiences, objects, books, music, art and more…. Your contributions have helped cultivate change and offer paths to relief and soothing during […] Read more “Music that Carries Us”
- Podcasts & Blogs November 29, 2019 - This month’s Staff Favorites will feature a collection of blogs and podcasts that we follow that have inspired or transformed us in some way. Some of these podcasts are specific to therapy and mental health, while others are simply about being human and living in the world. As always, we look forward to hearing what […] Read more “Podcasts & Blogs”
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