Supporting People with Special Needs

People with developmental delays have emotional reactions to life stressors just as typically developing people do. Teaching how to manage feelings and to express them in appropriate ways helps to decrease undesired behaviors that can occur when under stress.

We understand first hand the challenges a diagnosis can bring, the stress that it can have on the parents and siblings, and importantly, the emotional support necessary for the person with the developmental delay. Amy's experience in working with children of special needs comes from raising her own son with Down syndrome and from her teaching career when she taught children with special needs. During her educational career she found that helping students navigate typical feelings and experiences through clinical therapy was missing from the menu of provided services. Amy has interacted closely with many children and adults with developmental delays. Knowing how to engage with this community is vital to successful therapy sessions. It takes a specialist who understands how to interact with people with unique needs for therapy to be productive. Amy knows how to work with and connect with people of all abilities.

Support for the Whole Special Family


Individual psychotherapy that utilizes a relationship based approach along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist in clients tuning into their experience, connect, and have quality help in making changes to their thoughts and actions.

  • Improve social skills
  • Assertiveness training
  • Problem-Solving
  • Identify of emotions
  • Cope with emotions
  • Improve communication
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Process challenging situations


For the single parent, co-parents, or intact parents. Address the parent child relationship as well as communication patterns to help lesson conflict and foster a loving relationship. Includes support in navigating the choices in community and school programs.

  • Reduce conflict
  • Gain awareness of parenting style
  • Improve communication
  • Increase knowledge in behavior modification Process diagnosis
  • Set boundaries
  • Increase connection
  • Learn and understand all of the acronyms!


Address the feelings and needs paying special attention to the quality of their relationships within the family.

  • Increase relationship satisfaction
  • Increase understanding of condition
  • Conflict resolution
  • Assertive Communication training
  • Increase connection
  • Gain compassion and empathy