What does it mean to be WILD? Society says people who are anxious, forgetful, fearful, impulsive, highly sensitive and depressed are "out of control" or wild. I see wild as an adaptive response to stress. And while I am grateful for our ability to adapt, sometimes we get stuck in this stress response and need help. In our sessions together we will identify what you need to live life on your terms, rather than being led by your wild, survival-focused nervous system. I don't want to get rid of your wild side, I want it to serve you better!
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?
Welcome! My name is Amy Bryant, EdS, LPC, and I am a licensed and board certified psychotherapist. My training is rooted in counseling psychology, neuroscience, social science, trauma-informed therapy, and development across the lifespan. I specialize in anxiety, neurodiversity & highly sensitive people, chronic pain, and responsive parenting and explosive behavior in children. I primarily work with moms, parents, emerging adults (age 15+), and women. I am LGBTQ and neurodiversity affirming and inclusive.
If you're struggling with overwhelm, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia or high emotional sensitivity, we will explore your strengths and struggles, identify the supports you need, and listen to the innate wisdom within you to help ease suffering and better enjoy life and relationship to yourself and others.
COVID UPDATE: I am currently only seeing clients via telehealth. And because telehealth tends to be difficult on the nervous systems of my young clients, I am not currently seeing children under the age of 15 for individual therapy.
If you're a parent or caregiver struggling to understand your child's behavior, you've probably already tried punishments and rewards. I offer a group intensive to help you do something altogether different. By viewing children's behavior through the lens of their neurobiological development and autonomic nervous system regulation, we will uncover what your child is trying to communicate through their intense emotions and stress behaviors, and identify the supports you and your child need in order to do and feel better.
NOTE: I only offer this service through group coaching (up to 4 families) and clinical consultations.
I am not for everyone, so if you need a referral for a parent coach, child or adult therapist, or something else, please click HERE.
- Anxiety, Social Anxiety & OCD
- Overwhelm & Depression
- Chronic Pain & Insomnia
- Neurodiversity & Responsive Parenting
- Highly Sensitive People
- LGBTQ & Neurodiversity Affirming & Inclusive
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 forgetful, 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 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.
NOTE: I do not engage in any form of behavior-focused therapy. Instead, I help parents better understand the roots of their children's behaviors, identify the supports their children need in order to display fewer stress behaviors, and I support parents in processing their own feelings of overwhelm and frustration so they can be the parents they want to be, and the parent their children need.
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 AND what you need to best support them.
- If your child has intensely dysregulated emotions and behaviors without a history of trauma, I highly encourage you to get an Occupational Therapy evaluation before you sign your child up for any kind of psychotherapy. Oftentimes very intense children need help integrating their sensory system and/or some of their basic reflexes.
- 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.