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 my holistic training is rooted in counseling psychology, neuroscience, social science, trauma research, and development across the lifespan. I love to help moms struggling with overwhelm, anxiety and anger so they can better enjoy their lives and relationships. I also love to work with families who are ready to better understand their children's behavior (and their response to that behavior) through a neurobiological lens, which sees behavior as a form of communication of their needs. Together we will explore what is driving the emotions and behaviors, identify the supports needed in order to feel and do better, and discover the innate wisdom and strength within you.

Emerging adults (15+) and adults looking for telehealth support can learn more about my services below, including clinical hypnotherapy and the Safe Sound Protocol cohort.

COVID UPDATE: Because telehealth has been more difficult on the nervous systems of many of my younger, dysregulated clients, I am not currently seeing children (click here for a referral), but I do provide a remote Safe Sound Protocol (SSP) service to address nervous system dysregulation. I continue to see moms, and I am providing parent-focused counseling to help parents understand and heal emotional triggers experienced in parenting, from anger and overwhelm to resentment and guilt.

If you are at your limits and seeking telehealth support, please reach out and let me know what services resonate most with your needs. 

Specialities

  • Highly Sensitive People
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • Developmentally Informed Parenting
  • LGBTQ Affirming & Inclusive

Services & Tools

Amy C. Bryant

More Information

Email amy@WildChildCounseling.com
Individual Sessions  $150-$200/45-minutes
Group Sessions $75/75-minutes
SUP Sessions (Starting in May!) $250/45-minutes
Location Georgia (currently Telehealth)
Insurance I accept HSA and provide a SuperBill for insurance reimbursement.

Recommended Books

Referrals

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 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.


CHILDREN
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.