Counseling for Parents, Kids & Moms

Do you have a wild child?
Is your child emotionally intense?
Are they sensitive to feedback?
Are they sensitive to their environment?
Does your kid lash out for no reason?

Are you feeling like a wild child yourself?
Are you struggling with your role as a parent?
Do you find yourself lashing out or bursting into tears?
Are you sad, restlessness or discontent?
Is it hard to connect with and enjoy your children?

What if you were given permission to embrace your wild child, even the wild child in you? As parents we may worry that our children's behaviors won't serve them as adults. Oftentimes, however, these very behaviors that make us crazy now will serve our children well at certain times when they are teenagers and adults. Likewise, finding ways to support the wild child in you can help free you from self-doubt, sadness, and discontent, and help you move toward a life of more freedom and enjoyment.

Together we will work to understand behavior and emotions, identify innate strengths, and discover ways to transform the wild child inside (and out) into a lifetime of support:

  • identify individual needs and skills
  • learn about developmentally appropriate behaviors
  • understand the role of emotions
  • discover areas that may need healing.

My work supports each individual and the parent-child relationship as a whole. Our goal is to improve interpersonal and family well-being at home, at school, and in the community.

Specialities

  • Children, Teenagers, Parents, Families
  • Parent Coaching
  • Parent-Child Relationship Sessions
  • Postpartum Depression and Self-Care for Moms
  • Bullying, Tantrums, Aggression, Anxiety and Depression
  • School Refusal & Stress, Attention Challenges, Social Skills
  • Neurodivergence
  • Family Communication
  • LGBTQ Affirming & Inclusive
  • Online TeleMental Health, School, & Home Visits available.
  • Recommended Books
Amy

Individual Counseling

I work with children and adults who are struggling with anger, depression, anxiety, grief, and overwhelm.

Toddlers

Can't get your toddler to listen? Check out these 4 free videos and call to learn how I can help you with your young children.

Family Counseling

Learn how to collaborate with your children and solve problems in ways that benefit everyone in the family.

School Age

Empower your school age kids with tools navigate their life at home, in the classroom and the world successfully.

Self-Care for Moms

Tired and overwhelmed with motherhood? Learn what you need to thrive through individual or group work.

Teenagers

Learn how to create change in your life and how to be heard and understood by your friends, teachers, and family members.

Office Hours

Office Hours Sundays 9a-5p, Thursdays 9a-12p
Office Location Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone  404.954.2334
Email amy@parentingbeyondpunishment.com
Fees $125 + (call for details and sliding scale options)
Services Individual counseling, groups, workshops, home visits, school visits, and online telehealth services.

What to Expect

I view every behavior as a means of communication, whether it's your own or your child's. I do not pathologize behavior, and the goal is never compliance. Instead I work with you and your family right where you are right now.

These are the guidelines I follow:

  • I embrace your child's current development and skills. Behavior is a valid means of communication, and we will work to understand the need being communicated without pathologizing the behavior.
  • 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 other alternative forms of communication, including all forms of AAC and Facilitated Communication.
  • Body autonomy will always be respected. Stop means stop and no means no. Always.
  • Eye contact is neither required nor requested. 
  • I do not use or encourage the use of rewards or punishments. No stickers, toys, food, swats, time outs, grounding, threats, etc.
  • Children and parents have complete freedom of movement. While sitting is an option, we also embrace movement, fidgeting, and laying on the ground.
  • I believe in a client-led approach and respect each individual's development and skills - children and adults alike.
  • You and your child can end the session at any time.
  • Parents are welcome in every therapy session. A child can invite a parent to join the session, or ask the parent to wait in the waiting area.
  • I will follow your 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 "Respectfully Connected" author Court Alice Thatcher. You can read her post about the importance of respectful therapies for neurodivergent children here.