Amy C. Bryant, EdS, LPC is a psychotherapist and parent educator specializing in violence and abuse prevention, conflict resolution, and positive parenting for parents and teachers. She provides local and online parenting classes, psychotherapy to parents and children, support groups and retreats for mothers, classroom visitations, in-home counseling, dating and domestic violence education, professional consultations, and continuing education training for professionals. She founded Parenting Beyond Punishment to help parents understand their child’s emotional, cognitive, social and sensory needs through a neurodevelopmental lens, which helps them build resiliency in both themselves and their child. Amy believes children and parents do well when they can, and that behavioral problems stem from unmet developmental needs. Amy helps parents who want to move out of punishment-based parenting and into a connection-centered approach to living with with their children. She empowers parents with real-life tools and knowledge on how to guide children and set boundaries without resorting to spanking, yelling and other punitive techniques. Amy provides a variety of services for parents, families, educators, and professionals, both online and in Atlanta, GA.
Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC006053), National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), and a member of the American Counseling Association. She has additional training in violence, abuse and trauma, conflict resolution, positive parenting for parents and teachers, and curriculum development.
She earned her Masters of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in professional counseling with a focus on children and adolescents. Her training included work in an acute residential psychiatric hospital working with adolescent boys on the behaviorally aggressive and sexual offender units. After completing her training in 2004, she continued my work with children, adolescents and families facing everyday and acute challenges at home, at school, and in the community, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, family conflict, schools stress, and more. My work also includes parent education, domestic and dating violence education, professional consultations and online webinars for parents, caregivers, and professionals.
Amy writes about parenting on the blog Parenting Beyond Punishment, a community for parents who want to move out of the reward-punishment parenting paradigm and into a more connection-centered approach to working with their children. She also contributes writings on Play At Home Mom, a blog designed to help parents connect with their children through play.
She lives and plays with her partner, daughter, and dog in Atlanta, GA.
Ashley Kagan, Med MECD is the founder and co-owner of Play At Home Mom, LLC. She holds a double masters degree in Exceptional Student Education and Early Childhood Development, and has over 20 years of experience working with children and families. Ashley was a teacher for 11 years, 8 years teaching children with autism and 3 years teaching pre-k in a Reggio-inspired school. Ashley is a contributor to the Parenting Beyond Punishment blog, and provides parent coaching services.
Parenting Beyond Punishment is a subsidiary of Wild Child Counseling, LLC