Hi, I'm Emma. I help curious, introspective, and holistically-minded young people in their 20s and 30s to heal past wounds and grow into their best selves with an alternative approach to therapy.
Issues I Specialize In
Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem
Stress and Burnout
Emotional overwhelm and inner conflict
Career, Life Purpose, and Spiritual Path
At Alternative Therapy STL, I help you love yourself more deeply, become more conscious and self-aware, and heal the wounds underlying the symptoms that are bringing you to therapy.
As a therapist, I empower you to...
Access your inner wisdom and take charge of your own healing
Become your truest, most authentic self
Use the pain and suffering you encounter in life as an opportunity for inner transformation
Gain self-awareness and learn to love yourself fully, deeply, and unconditionally
Live a more conscious and present life
Become the best version of you, so you can become a force for good in the world
Meet Emma Donovan, MA, LPC
Hi, I’m Emma. I believe in doing therapy differently. I aim to bridge the gap between mind and body, left and right brain, and eastern wisdom and western science to help you grow and heal.
I have been all over the world (30 countries to be exact) studying psychology, culture, philosophy, and spirituality.
Ask me about the 18 months I spent working at a mindfulness center in Thailand, becoming an advanced yoga instructor in India, or completing IFS therapy training in Spain!
I enjoy offering mindfulness-based, somatic, and experiential psychotherapy that brings together the best of eastern and western wisdom. Oh, and I plant a tree for every single therapy session I do!
After traveling around the world and learning both eastern and western methods for healing, I founded Alternative Therapy STL to bring cutting-edge and evidence-based therapy to the midwest.
“With Emma, you can go on a lovely trip inwards if you want to heal your inner world in a professional, safe, and personal setting and place.
I think she’s a lovely person, she’s so supportive, creative and grounded, a great listener, knows what she’s doing and willing to help you the best she can.”
- P.O., Past Client
“The best thing about Emma is that she SAW me. I felt seen and accepted immediately. It’s Emma's ability to turn your perceived weaknesses into strengths that was so different from any other help I’ve received. For someone that is super critical of everything I do, this was the real game-changer- to see my patterns, accept them, and then use them to my advantage.
- Riss W., Past Client
“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.”