“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, coach, 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. 

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


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


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 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 

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