THE DARING WAY™ Workshops and Intensives



8-Week Groups & 1, 2 or 3-Day Intensives

The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ are highly experiential methodologies based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The methods were developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. They can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings and are suitable for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders.  Further information is available at The Daring Way.
During the process, we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent and lead. With nearly 20 years of clinical experience, Cheryl Childers, LISW-CPS, ATR-P, is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate (CDWF-candidate), which includes training in both The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™.
We experience uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure on a daily basis. Otherwise known as vulnerability, it is “our most accurate measure of courage.” By building resilience to shame, fostering self-compassion, and learning key elements to wholehearted living, we are better prepared to show up in the various arenas of our life with courage and to dare greatly!
Identify & move through what’s holding you back
Experience vulnerability as courage
Create healthier boundaries
Develop greater self-compassion
Truly believe that you are enough
Realize that you are not alone in this process
Cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and others
Identify new choices and practices towards authentic living
Own your story and love yourself
Be brave in your life
About Brené Brown The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ methods are based on the research of Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Katie Show, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Brené is the author of Braving the Wilderness (2017), Rising Strong (2015), the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), the New York Times Bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007). Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 11 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage and innovation.

TEEN Courage Builder – Summer 2018

Rising Strong 8-Week Evening Group for Adolescents

June 18th-June 21st

9:30am – 3:30 pm
Registration Fee includes (4) eight 6-hour group sessions, workbook, materials and snacks
$475 if registered by May 18th, 2017
$500 if registered by June 1st, 2017
$525 if registered by June 10th or later
**Group size is limited to 8.
The Daring Way™  8-Week Evening Group for Women
Tuesday, July 3rd – August 21st
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Registration Fee includes (8) eight 2-hour group sessions, workbook and materials
$475 if registered by June 8th, 2017
$500 if registered by June 22nd, 2017
$525 if registered by July 1st or later
**Group size is limited to 8.
Get ready for The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution.
​1, 2 or 3-DAY: The Daring Way™ can be facilitated in clinical, educational and corporate settings and is suitable for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders.  Cheryl Childers, LISW-CPS, ATR-P, CDWF-Candidate is available to offer this experience in a variety of formats to your work or service organization, church, or common purpose groups/clubs. Please contact Beauty for Ashes Counseling to discuss any ideas you may have.
What previous participants are saying about THE DARING WAY™:

“The Daring Way™ group was life changing. I have a renewed hope and energy as I look toward further personal growth.”

“This group helped me make breakthroughs and changes that I have been trying to get to for years.  Brené Brown’s work on shame and authenticity has helped me see things about myself I don’t think I ever could have on my own, and Cheryl Childers is a compassionate and committed steward of the process, which has its rough patches. I highly recommend this group to anyone who feels they are stuck on a problem, or need a jolt out of a rut. It was good hard work, and it was actually really fun at the same time.”

“The Daring Way™ group has given me practical tools to understand where my issues came from and how to handle ongoing difficult situations.  The skills from this group are grounded rather than theoretical, which has made it easier to apply what I have learned to my everyday life.”

“The work in this group has given me a context for understanding why I react the way I do in certain difficult situations, as well as tools and ideas to help me change my responses for the better.”

“I feel more calm and centered since attending the Daring Way™ group. It was really helpful to have time set aside each week for personal growth and reflection, and I enjoyed meeting other group members and connecting with them.”

As a result of attending, one participant stated she was able to better access “Bravery, more self-awareness, tools to handle the tough stuff in life.”

“This was an invaluable experience to me, worth every dime!”

Find the courage to Show Up, Be Seen, Live Brave in your life!
Location for all workshops/intensives (unless otherwise noted): 52 Saint Mark Road, Taylors, SC
REGISTRATION FOR GROUP: If you are interested in attending a Daring Way™ or Rising Strong™ group, please contact us at (864) 501-3633 or by email at  Once we have answered any questions you may have about group, you will be asked to complete a Participant Information Form.  You may submit it to me by fax (864-501-3633), by email.

Grief and Loss Support Group – Evening

Losing someone we love and care for can be very difficult. You may experience a variety of emotions that may seem out of control. Grief can often surprise you and seem to come out of nowhere, or show up years later. Grief may cause you to act out of character, or differently than you typical would. You may feel like you are no longer yourself, or are lost and just floating through life.

When journeying through grief you may feel very alone. One of the best ways to help yourself as you travel this uncharted territory is to create a system of support to help you navigate the deep waters of grief. While family and friends are vital to this system, unless they have experienced a close personal loss, you might feel that they just don’t “get it.” This is where support groups can become a valuable resource for you. In a grief support group, you will meet 8-10 new sojourners also navigating life after loss.

Grief support groups also can provide you with comradery, understanding and grief education from others who have experienced a similar loss, and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with the loss of a loved one brings.

Our culture often avoids talking about grief and loss. A grief support group will give you the opportunity to share your story openly, without judgement, guild or shame. In return, you will hear the stories of other members of the support group. You will learn about daily coping strategies, and will gain support to carry you through those difficult days of your grief journeys.

Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC will begin a new grief and loss support group January 29th, 2018 and will meet Mondays from 6-7:30. The cost is $45/session and will be led by therapist Sandra Adeleye, MEd, EdS, LPCi, NCC

The goal of this Grief and Loss Support Group will provide you with:

  • Emotional and physical support in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
  • Support and understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss.
  • The opportunity to begin the healing process through sharing your own story and hearing the stories of others.
  • Coping skills to help you through the most difficult days of your grief journey.
  • Hope through companionship with people who “get it” and understand first-hand what you’re going through.
  • The opportunity to discover new traditions and ideas to keep loved ones’ present in your hearts and in your memories.
  • Increased understanding of how children and other family members react to loss.
  • Permission to grieve and permission to live a happy productive life.

If you feel you or a loved one would benefit from a grief and loss support group please call Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC at (864) 501-3633 for an intake evaluation for group placement.

The Little Angel Gets A Big Job

Little Angel Gets a Big Job

Press Release

**For Immediate Release**


Deb Haggerty, Publisher

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.


The Little Angel gets a big job. He is to be in charge of pets, large and small.

Plymouth, MA. June 11, 2017—Elk Lake Publishing is pleased to announce the release in hardcover of The Little Angel Gets a Big Job written by Michelle Medlock Adams, Bedford, IN and illustrated by Cheryl Lynn Childers, Greenville, SC.

The Little Angel gets a big job. He is to be in charge of pets, large and small. Half of the proceeds from this book are going to the White River Humane Society in Lawrence County, Indiana, where Michelle Medlock Adams serves on the board. It’s her hope that you will be inspired to share the love and purchase this book for all of the animal lovers in your life, and that you’ll be prompted to be an angel in the lives of the animals at your local animal shelter.

The Little Angel Gets a Big Job (ISBN-10: 194663817X, ISBN-13: 978-1946638175, Hardcover, 26 pages. Price, $14.99. from Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., is available on Amazon, hardcover.

About the Author:

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books, Michelle’s latest release, Love & Care For The One and Only You (Worthy) was recently featured on the “Praise The Lord” program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,000 articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; served as a blogger for Guideposts for two years; and successfully run her own freelance writing business for 16 years.

About the Illustrator:

Cheryl Lynn Childers, MSW, LISW-CP is a psychotherapist, graphic artist, illustrator, author and public speaker. Cheryl has been an artist all of her life, beginning formal art training in elementary school. Cheryl’s work has appeared in several national magazine publications and published books. Cheryl was honored to illustrate The Little Angel Gets a Big Job as her debut picture book.

Despite 30+ years of enduring debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, Cheryl enjoys writing, illustrating, painting, photography and hiking. She and her husband Jeff along with their amazing kids, Job, Gabriella, and Elijah-Luke live in Greenville, SC.

About the Publisher:

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. is a traditional Christian publishing company based in Plymouth, MA. Elk Lake publishes a variety of fiction of all genres as well as nonfiction with a twist including Bible Studies, Christian life. For more information, visit


Art Based Support Groups

What are Art Therapy Support Groups and will they help me?

Therapy Groups allow clients to create sacred spaces as they work together and support one another. The group environment is a place where everyone learns to equally share and listen, provide and find safety, security, and validation, while building and supporting one another’s coping skills. Groups also provide time away from the distractions of life allowing clients the freedom to share vulnerable aspects of their lives. Groups are a place to nourish and be nourished, to grow and watch others grow. Support groups are a time-tested method of help for people struggling with all sorts of difficulties.

Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC., incorporates traditional talk therapy with creative therapy allowing for a more right-brained – non-logical – creative approach to many different difficulties we face in life.

But I’m not an artist! You do not have to be an artist to participate or benefit from art-based support groups. Groups at Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC., are not art classes. Though we do give art instruction and guidance to our participants, art therapy is not about the final product – but the process of artmaking. We utilize art in a way that incorporates the brain’s natural creative flow to gain symptom reduction, insight, validation and growth.

This is my BRAVE

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