Amy is known for her ability to be present, nurturing, and challenging at the same time. She is patient, creative and innovative when working with complex family dynamics, and finds that a coach approach is most effective to inspire positive change for businesses, families, organizations and all areas of life.
Amy first developed her coaching skills as a parent coach in 2005 through Parent Coach International. Since then, Amy embraced the International Coach Federation standards and competencies through coach certification with the George Mason Leadership Coaching Program for Organizational Well-being. Inspired by these rigorous coach training experiences, Amy has not only launched The Center for Coach Development, but also expanded the field of coaching into the social service arena. She has introduced coaching as a supportive dispute resolution process in a Central Ohio domestic relations court, and also offers private coaching services to parents struggling to co-parent after separation or divorce.
In 2015, Amy founded The Center for Family Resolution, LLC, in Columbus, Ohio, to reach hundreds of families as they struggle with everyday challenges as well as major life and relationship transitions. The Center for Family Resolution offers not only coaching, but also classes, mediation, and parenting coordination to help keep families out of court. In 2020, The Center for Family Resolution received the community leadership award for work with parents at the Gladden Community House in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus.
As a coach to hundreds of parents, family businesses, and individuals, Amy inspires self-awareness, skillful communication and solutions aligned with the key values identified in the coaching process. Amy empowers parents to recognize their innate ability to create sustainable positive change. Parents discover ways to expand their own perspective and choose new habits to guide children’s behavior, create a secure environment, and uplift children out of difficult behavior, sadness or anxiety. Co-parenting becomes less challenging even in the midst of relationship turmoil. Clients discover how to put their best intentions into action to keep children out of the middle of conflict, and reduce tension for everyone involved.
As she observes the family, Amy finds a way to bring attention to the family dynamic. Once the “elephant in the room” is tamed, parents get a new perspective and learn how their interactions and habits impact the entire family. Amy offers a “behind closed doors” service to stay with a family in their home for 2-4 days to observe and name the habits in Real-Time. She affectionately calls it the Healing Home Invasion. Whether the problems relate to schedules, discipline, routines, technology use, or homework (anything!) Real-Time means two things – addressing the patterns and habits as they are unfolding in the moment, and having real, authentic and honest conversations, maybe even for the first time.
Working closely with colleagues, Amy is an active Board member and past president of the Ohio Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She, collaborates with other professionals to create progressive interventions for court-involved families. Additionally, Amy is a past president of the Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce professionals – a professional organization that supports out-of-court settlement for divorce. Amy also serves as a clinician with the Overcoming Barriers Family Programs for high-conflict families where a child resists contact with a parent. Using the Overcoming Barriers model, she leads family intensive weekends and creatively addresses on-going parental conflict.
Amy’s first book is a parent guide – Real-Time Parenting: Choose Your Action Steps for the Present Moment, available in March, 2021.