About Emma Donovan, MA, LPC, PLPC

About Emma Donovan, MA, LPC, PLPC

“Emma is an incredible therapist and person. She is highly intuitive, empathetic, and is able to hold the space for you as you process your emotions and situations in your life. She is able to sort through different experiences and help you find clarity in the chaos. I highly recommend Emma as a therapist, especially using the Internal Family Systems model.”

-Therapy Client Testimonial

About Emma Donovan, MA, LPC, PLPC

Hi, I’m Emma. I could be your next therapist, mentor, or teacher! Before you commit, you may want to learn a little about the person you’re about to spend a lot of time with. (That’s okay, I would, too!) 

I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum. From a young age, I asked deep questions and was profoundly curious about myself and the world around me. I was a creative, bookish, and sensitive kid who had a heart for the suffering of others. 

As an adult, I’ve spent time studying philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. I have traveled to far corners of Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, learning about myself, the world, and the people in it. I’ve taken a deep dive into theories, methods, and perspectives on healing, both western and eastern. I’m deeply committed to my own growth and self-knowledge, and even lived at a mindfulness center in Thailand for almost 2 years!

In Japan, the word “Ikigai” refers to the work that sits at the intersection of what you love, are good at, can be paid for, and what the world needs. The work I do is my Ikigai. Being a therapist is more than a job for me, it’s a calling, and I consider it an honor to work with each and every one of my clients.

My work is informed by my decade of working in the wellness industry, 6 years of being an advanced yoga instructor, my master’s degree in counseling, thousands of sessions with clients, advanced training in IFS, and almost 2 years living and working in a remote mindfulness-based mental health community in Thailand where I was a therapist and personal growth educator. 

I like to bridge the gap between eastern and western, right brain and left brain, mind and body, and psychology and spirituality to bring all parts of my clients into inner harmony. I enjoy helping people learn to love themselves and heal their darkest parts with their own inner light. I’m not afraid to “go deep” and sit in the heartache and heartbreak of life with my clients, but I also like to bring a spirit of playfulness and curiosity into sessions. 

My favorite teachers include Richard Schwartz, Josh Korda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Glennon Doyle, Brene Brown, Rob Bell, Krista Tippett, the Dalai Lama, Seth Godin, Mary Oliver, Sarah Kay, Andrea Gibson, Joanna Macy, Parker Palmer, Paolo Coehlo, Jeffrey Kottler, Gabor Mate, Kristin Neff, Dan Siegel, Richard Rohr, Jedadiah Jenkins, Steven Porges, and Pema Chodron.

If you feel like you need to feel me out a little more, I get it. I encourage you to check out my meditations on Youtube and Insight Timer to get more of a sense of me. I look forward to meeting you!

“After working with Emma, I feel I don’t ‘have to’ anymore, but can live, love and work from my place of flow. I know my inner world and its parts way better and I’m able to heal myself, check-in with myself, give myself what I need, and the best part: I can be there for others in a way that is more loving and healthier for myself.”

-P.O., Graduate Student and Past Coaching Client

Qualifications and Credentials

Education

  • M.A. in Professional Counseling – Lindenwood University
  • B.A. in Religious Studies – Missouri State University
  • B.A. in Global Studies – Missouri State University

Publications

Emma’s work has been featured on Bustle, Best Line Online, A Sweat Life, Thrive Global, Hello Giggles, and Medium. She is also a meditation teacher on Insight Timer, and was recently featured as one of Insight Timer’s “Staff Picks.”

Training & Certifications

  • PLPC in the state of Missouri
  • LPC in the state of Illinois
  • Internal Family Systems Level 1, 2, & 3 Training
  • IFS-Inspired Coaching Course
  • Certified TRE Provider (Tension/Trauma-Releasing Exercises)
  • Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – Rishikesh, India
  • Yoga Teacher Training – Ostional, Nicaragua

 

“Emma is one of the most dedicated & innovative therapists I know. Emma is compassionate, holistic, and non-pathologizing in her approach. She is highly skilled at holding space for clients to access their own inner wisdom. I feel 100% confident referring clients to Emma.”

-Julie Wrocklage, MC, LPC, NCC, Colleague and Therapist for HSPs at www.juliewrocklage.com 

About The Unalome Symbol

You may have seen the above symbol on my website and wondered what it means. It is called a “unalome,” and is an ancient symbol thought to be of Buddhist or Vedic origin. It is designed to symbolize our personal and spiritual path from suffering to enlightenment, because the path of growth and healing is never linear, straight, or perfect. 

The unalome begins at the center of a spiral to indicate the origin of life and the “programming” we receive from our upbringing. Then, it shows the twists and turns of life, which symbolize our wandering, missteps, unlearning, and new learning as we create our own lives by gaining awareness and deciding who we want to be.

Eventually, the path begins to straighten out from the loops, showing how we get closer and closer to the self-actualized people we are called to be, until we reach the dot, which symbolizes enlightenment, the end of life, or the completion of the journey.

This symbol is the perfect depiction of what I hope to offer others with my work. To me, the paths of healing, personal growth, and spirituality are one and the same. I believe the world is a school. Everything is meant for our learning (or unlearning). And the obstacle is the way. By working through our unhealed wounds, burdens, patterns of behavior, layers of protection, and unhelpful ways of being and transforming them, we are walking the path. 

This is a radical departure from how we typically see personal issues as diseases or illnesses. We can instead look at our relationship issues, career confusion, anxiety, depression, and other sufferings not as diseases to be eradicated, but as guideposts pointing us to what we need to heal in order to grow into our highest selves. This is the journey I love helping people walk.

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