We had the good fortune of connecting with Keynia Hardley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keynia, how do you think about risk?

When I conceptualize risks I simultaneously hear and see the word faith. Faith at its most basic form is doing, saying, or believing something can work for your benefit if you just do it. Risk is a faith-driven step in that there typically is something on the other side of it that one is willing to take a leap of faith to manifest. One day during the last four years of my teaching career I became frustrated with sensing the ceilings of potential that were all around me due to the limited framework those around me saw me through and the limitations established that do not allow teachers to play both roles as teacher to the parents’ child and credible source of guidance in the personal affairs of the parents. Daily I would be faced with that limitation when trying to provide instruction, often times discipline and structure to the children in my classroom. There were countless times I knew I could help the children even more if I could just help support the emotional and mental well-being of the parents. Help the parent, help the child (something kind of like my friend Carla Hull says all the time). So one day I cried out in frustration, “I’m tired of this!” and heard God say clearly, “So what do you want to do?” I responded out loud, “I want to help marriages and families!” He directed, “Google it,” LOL! So I did and the first Google result that returned was a master’s program for Marriage and Family Therapy. I consulted with my husband then my pastor–Archbishop Ruth W. Smith, and took the first risk of my new career and enrolled in school!

I’ve since taken many risks to include a risk to leave my secured consistent steadily rising paycheck of 15 years to live a life of risk in finances not knowing naturally if the money to help support my family would be there when needed. I took a risk to seek out a 10-room office suite and building for not only myself but all the other therapists I would one day be working with when at that time I was still the only one. I took a risk to add more staff to answer the calls of all the potential clients that began to ring the phone. I took a risk to place an offer on the building we occupy and have rented to now become the owner.
Risk is the only way to live, because it’s a constant demonstration of the faith I live by!

What should our readers know about your business?

My business is called ATK Marriage and Family Coaching LLC. People often ask what ATK stands for and I always provide two answers: Advancing the Kingdom as the first, and A Terence & Keynia Marriage and Family Coaching…as the second. We are a therapy group practice specializing in therapy for individuals, couples, children and families. Each of the therapists in the practice love what they do everyday: healing our communities, one person, one family at a time. One of the reasons I was born was to help couples resolve issues that prevent them from having healthy interactions with each other. To see a broken couple enter our office one way but leave with a necessary sense of hope is one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.

Because there are a number of good therapists around we have found that one of our secrets to success continues to be very simple: we answer the phone lol, that’s it! In order to accomplish our goal of healing our communities, we have to respond when they call– literally! Another secret is serving an underserved population: all children including those with disabilities. We offer play therapy and other modalities to support this group in ways that reaches them and helps their families function better.

As a result we have experienced unprecedented success in the community and are often hailed as the go-to office to call according to those cited from our referrals. We’ve been able to cultivate relationships with our local chamber, county banks, local and nearby school systems, medical personnel, insurance providers, employee assistance programs and many others.

As we continue to leave our mark we want the world to know that faith is the key to unlocking the doors. And we really have a genuine heart to help our communities heal and families work through the barriers that prevent them from having healthy relationships.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If friends were visiting we would hit Another Broken Egg for that fire breakfast in Midtown. Then for lunch we’d stay close and hit The Reserve Kitchen in Conyers. For dinner the choices are endless but depending on the taste, Kampai in Snellville for sushi and hibachi or Umi in Stockbridge! A great cool, eclectic and trendy area I enjoy is city of Decatur…lots to do. For dessert, simply Cold Stone Creamery for that perfect ice cream mix. Now my taste is simple and there’s so much to explore in the city. I still have yet to see Illuminarium and many other places. The Black Wall Street located in Stonecrest Mall is an empowering sight to behold with its focus on providing ethnic businesses with a place to establish themselves and flourish..

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my awesome husband, Terence G. Hardley, each of our 6 children, my parents, my spiritual leaders, and each of the special persons God uses to encourage me on this journey!

Website: https://atkmarriageandfamilycoaching.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atkmarriageandfamilycoaching/

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCNPlVmBAHDG9xlljgMBgIuw

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