Meet Amy C. Bryant, EdS, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC006053), National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and a member of the American Counseling Association, with additional training in violence and abuse prevention, trauma recovery, conflict resolution, nonviolent parenting, positive parenting for parents and teachers, and curriculum development.
Over the past 17 years I've completed additional training in trauma-informed holistic healing modalities, including Clinical Hypnotherapy, Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD, Polyvagal Theory, Insomnia Treatment, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Safe & Sound Protocol, EFT and more. Many of the trainings were led by leaders in fields of neuroscience and nervous system dysregulation, anxiety, sleep science, and more, including Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Dr. Becky Beaton, Dr. Alexia Rothman, Dr. Reid Wilson, and Dr. Ross Greene.
I earned my Masters of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in professional counseling with a focus on children and adolescents. My training included work in an acute residential psychiatric hospital working with adolescent boys on the behaviorally aggressive and sexual offender units. After completing my training in 2004, I 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, conduct disorder, family conflict, school stress, neurodiversity, school refusal, and more.
I write about ways to move out of the reward-punishment parenting paradigm on the Parenting Beyond Punishment blog, and how to connect with kids through play at Play At Home Mom.
I live and play with my partner, daughter, dog and rats in Atlanta, GA.
I believe people of all ages are always doing their best. When challenges arise, I get curious about discovering the underlying experience: trauma, emotions, sensory overwhelm, and more.
I also help parents move out of punishment-based discipline practices and into a connection-centered approach to living with their children. When parents are able to identify and heal their own reactions to themselves and their children, they are able to operate from a place of love and empowerment. Then we work to identify the roots of their children's distress and what they need to do and feel better. And from this place of love and collaborative power, everyone experiences more joy.
Ashley Kagan, Med MECD is the founder and co-owner of Play At Home Mom, LLC, where she writes about connecting with children and supporting their learning through play. She holds a double masters degree in Exceptional Student Education and Early Childhood Development, and has over 24 years of experience working with children and families. Ashley was a teacher for 16 years, 8 years teaching children with autism, and 8 years teaching pre-k in a Reggio-inspired school. Ashley is also a contributor to the Parenting Beyond Punishment blog and provides online parent coaching services.
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