Cara Duchene, ACMHC

“I approach therapy with two main goals in mind for my clients: 1) creating a completely judgment-free, validating space where clients can be free to comfortably and completely be themselves, and 2) working collaboratively with clients to ensure that sessions are customized and structured in a way that is always in line with their goals and preferred style of learning and healing.”


  • Individual Therapy 

  • Group Therapy


  • Body image/body neutrality

  • Chronic health conditions

  • Neurodiversity/ASD

  • Attachment/relationships
  • Academic and professional concerns

  • LGBTQ-affirmative


  • MEd: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, in progress at University of Utah

  • Certified Mediator in State of Utah

  • JD/inactive member of Utah State Bar

About Cara Duchene

I believe that empowering clients starts with empowering them in the therapeutic relationship, and believe in working on both short-term and long-term strategies to meet your goals through participating in a healing therapeutic environment and applying new skills and patterns outside of session. I work primarily from DBT, ACT, and short-term psychodynamic therapies, with special training and emphases in interpersonal process, feminist multicultural therapy, and trauma-informed therapies.

I have worked in the mental health field since 2011, beginning with supervising visitation and conducting interviews with children, with significant research experience in the areas of family therapy and intersections of religious identity and sexuality/gender identity. After completing my BS in Psychology in 2014, I attended law school with emphases in alternative dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, and constitutional law and published a manuscript on Title IX and gender/sexual orientation discrimination at religious universities. After graduation in 2017, I worked for the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC in their Education Government Relations office, where I decided to return to my true passion of counseling and providing psychotherapy and moved to Salt Lake to complete my MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah.

I’m from Scottsdale, AZ, and spend my time reading, doing yoga, streaming Netflix, taking photos, or playing fetch with my dog, Sunny.