Therapist, Encouraging Connections Counseling


I love to teach how shame sabotages the recovery process, and help those struggling realize that they are not worth-less than others.  I will share the concepts of how we “armor up” to protect ourselves; the courage it takes to be vulnerable and to keep trying when we don’t feel like we’re making any progress or we fail outright in our attempts at things – like recovery.  Self-compassion (not self-esteem) and empathy are key to working a successful recovery program.  We all want and need social support and to be connected to others.  “So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety.  It is human connection.”  (Johann Hari, 2015 “Chasing the Scream: The First and last Day of the War on Drugs”).


Lu Duke has a BS in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from Arizona State University.  She is licensed in Utah as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC).  She is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Consultant.  She has a private practice in downtown Salt Lake City where she provides counseling for individuals and couples with a variety of  concerns including depression, anxiety, relationships, low self-esteem, pornography and sexual addictions.  She is a seasoned presenter, speaker and teacher.

Lu is specifically trained and authorized to present the Daring Way™ methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.  Lu has presented to and shared with many groups the power of vulnerability and living and loving with your whole heart.  She offers classes, 3 day intensive workshops and 1 day educational workshops in the Daring Way™ to help individuals improve their connections with others and to SHOW UP|BE SEEN|LIVE BRAVE™.  Lu is dedicated personally and professionally to living an authentic and “wholehearted” life.

Encouraging Connections Counseling, LLC
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Consultant
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
National Certified Counselor

Will travel to Cache Valley, Davis County-Weber,  Salt Lake Valley, and Utah Valley

Lu Duke
699 South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT  84102

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