How would your life change if you could embrace the wild and sensitive part of yourself?
How would your life change if you were given permission to embrace your wild and sensitive child?
My name is Amy Bryant, EdS, LPC, and my holistic training is rooted in neuroscience, social science, trauma research, and development across the lifespan. I utilize mindfulness-based psychotherapy and healing modalities to help women, teens, kids and parents transform worries and struggles into emotional resilience and strengths. And I operate on the belief that when we deepen our relationship with ourselves, we can then create a life with more freedom and personal meaning.
COVID UPDATE: While telehealth is a wonderful resource for many people, I've found it to be difficult on the nervous system for many of my "wild child" clients. So I've decided to limit my work with children to working with the adults in their lives. I will help you better understand what is going on for them, what they need from you, and how to bring more peace and fun into your relationship and home through therapeutic and relationship-focused play and communication. Parent-focused counseling centers around healing relational triggers that get in the way of long-term parenting goals. Parent coaching focuses on helping you identify your long-term goals as a way to guide and support you in parenting your unique child. Let's talk about what you and your family need.
I welcome clients who are ready to explore a more authentic, alive and integrated place within themselves, and those wanting support as they navigate their lives.
- Highly Sensitive People
- Emotionally Intense People
- Parent-focused counseling
- Parent coaching
- Depression & Anxiety
- Phobias & OCD
- Peer & Family Relationships
- LGBTQ Affirming & Inclusive
Individual Sessions $150/50-minutes
Group Sessions $65/90-minutes
Location Georgia (currently Telehealth)
Insurance While I do not accept insurance, I do accept HSA, provide a SuperBill for insurance reimbursement, and offer a sliding scale.
Do you have a wild and/or sensitive child?
Is your child emotionally intense?
Is your child sensitive to the emotional environment?
Does your child seek physically intense interactions?
Is your child sensitive to the physical environment?
Does your kid lash out for no apparent reason?
Are you feeling wild and sensitive yourself?
Are you struggling physically?
Are you sensitive to noise, large groups, or clutter?
Do you lash out or burst into tears unexpectedly?
Are you sad, restlessness or discontent?
Is it hard to connect with and enjoy your life?
What to Expect
Our first session is a 2-way interview for us to get to know each other, assess our "goodness of fit," and identify your goals. Then we will work together to support you in reaching your goals, whether you are seeking support, trying to heal, building skills around anxiety or OCD, or learning about yourself and your relationship with others.
I view therapeutic work as an opportunity to better understand yourself, others and your relationships. My goal is never to seek compliance with rules, and instead to focus on strengths and skill building. Together we will work towards your goals starting right where you are now.
These are the guidelines I follow with clients of every age:
- Our relationship is one of equals. I will seek your permission and permission from your child in every interaction and activity.
- All forms of communication are accepted. We are not limited to verbal communication. We can also use art, play, song, dance, and more, including all forms of AAC and Facilitated Communication.
- All clients have complete freedom of movement. While sitting is an option, we also embrace movement, fidgeting, and laying on the ground.
- I believe in a relationship-centered approach to therapy and respect individual client's development and skills.
- Clients can end the session at any time.
- Body autonomy will always be respected. Stop means stop and no means no. Always.
- Eye contact is neither required nor requested.
What one person sees as a wild or out-of-control child, I see as a child with misunderstood and unmet needs. Children speak to us in various ways that are not always understood by others or even themselves. Together we work to understand what they need.
- I encourage parent-child relationship therapy for most families.
- I embrace current development and skills.
- Behavior is a valid means of communication. Rather than focusing on changing behavior, I work with clients to understand the need being communicated without pathologizing the behavior.
- I do not use or encourage the use of rewards or punishments. No stickers, toys, food, swats, time outs, grounding, threats, etc. Rewards and punishments are behavior-focused. We focus on building relationships, meeting needs, and building skills.
- I embrace pro-neurodivergent goals, including self-advocacy, self-determination, perspective taking (self and others), figurative language, interoception, and buildling upon strengths.
- I will follow the child's lead in the therapy process. Children know what they need, and I will help and support them while following their lead in the therapy sessions.
These guidelines are inspired by two resources: "Respectfully Connected" author Court Alice Thatcher and SLP Neurodiversity Collective.