Ellery Duke

PhD, MDiv

Licensed Psychologist, Pastoral Counselor

About Me

  • GENDER: Male
  • LANGUAGE: English

I am a licensed psychologist and pastoral counselor. I work with adults who are experiencing stress and/or grief related to loss or other life transitions. I seek to understand the client's current life situation as well as any life experiences that contribute to the current difficulties. I believe that many life challenges and emotional pain result from damaging relationships and that healing can result from an interested, caring and hopeful therapeutic relationship.

Through my experience of being a parish pastor, I discovered an appreciation for the hope offered in a counseling relationship. My further graduate education integrated psychology and spirituality at Northwestern University, as well as allowed me to be licensed as a clinical psychologist in 1981. I joined the staff of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center in 1977, and became the executive director in 1979. Through the years, I witnessed a growth in Center staff, services and clients served. Although retired from my former administrative responsibilities, I have continued my clinical work with individuals, couples and families who seek the Center's services.

Being interested in the life stories of others and joining in a journey toward understanding and healing is the ongoing mission of my career as a psychologist and pastoral counselor. My now-retired clinical social worker wife and I are the parents of an adult daughter and son. We enjoy travelling, spending time with our grands and maintaining hope for "next year" regarding the St. Louis Cardinals. Bicycling hopefully keeps my legs and heart functioning, and reading stimulates my mind.

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  • Counseling
  • Anxiety, Depression, Emotions
  • Chronic or Terminal Illness
  • Family or Team Relationships
  • Grief or Loss
  • Identity Issues
  • Marital & Relationships
  • Couples Counseling
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Spiritual Counseling
Client Focus
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Leaders
  • Older Adults

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