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

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

How to Stave Off a Panic Attack

By Emma Bucher
May 9, 2021

Congratulations. You’ve made it another day in what I affectionately call “The Age of Anxiety.”

Anxiety…that crippling feeling that the worst thing possible...Read more

A COVID Baby Story

By Emma Bucher
March 8, 2021

I have now given birth to a “COVID baby,” as they say. His name is George Calhoun after his ancestors. He looks like a...Read more

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