Emma Bucher, Psy.D.

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Emma received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Regent University where she studied about the intersections of gender, sexuality, and faith identities as the Research Assistant of Dr. Mark Yarhouse.  Emma currently owns a small private practice, Genesis Counseling LLC, and hopes to someday operate a sexual and gender identity clinic for those navigating conflict between sexual/gender minority experiences with their Christian moral framework. 
Emma also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and makes pro-life art and signage found on social media as “Signs for Life.”  She is on the board of a non-profit organization, Grounds of Grace, which offers housing, trauma care, and other resources to those impacted by human trafficking in central Illinois.  
Emma was raised in the Apostolic Christian Church, an Anabaptist, fundamentalist offshoot, and was taught to view Catholicism with deep wariness and even repulsion. Slowly (and begrudgingly!) she fell irrevocably in love with Catholic teaching during her graduate training and was eventually confirmed on July 23rd, 2017.  
Emma lives in her hometown with her husband, two children, and two boxer dogs.  She enjoys attending daily mass as often as she can and is excited to use Soul Desire to reflect on her main areas of interest: psychology, gender, sexuality, human trafficking, art, and the unfathomable beauty of the Catholic faith.

Latest Posts

There's No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute

By Emma Bucher
February 21, 2022

One of the first things to bear in mind when learning about the perverse world of human trafficking and child sex slavery is that...Read more

Maslow's Needs and Poverty's Catch 22

By Emma Bucher
October 26, 2021

A New Home for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Peoria

I am super enthusiastic to announce that I’m part of an organization...Read more

Catholic Mindfulness: A Blogpost for Beginners

By Emma Bucher
August 8, 2021

A few months ago, I was doing mindfulness exercises in K-8 classrooms at a local Catholic school. My favorite part was doing deep breathing...Read more

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