My Journey with Brene´Brown’s Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™

Ever since Brene´Brown gave her first Ted talk, I followed her work and resonated with her message of learning to show up and be seen and to live bravely.   It’s based on years of research Brene´and her team conducted on vulnerability and shame.  When the opportunity arose to become trained by her organization to become a Daring Way™ facilitator, I jumped at the chance.  Brene´’s organization has carefully rolled out Brene’s teachings in order to ensure they were presented by professionals in a competent manner.  I waited patiently for several years for them to re-open training for mental health clinicians.

So you can only imagine my excitement as I drove from Kansas City through the rolling hills of Arkansas to Little Rock on a sunny June day to begin my training with a group of similarly eager counselors.  It was a wonderful experience.  We not only learned how to facilitate the teachings developed from Brene´’s research, and how to facilitate Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ groups, but we also went through the materials as a group, and thus went through the same process that our client’s go through.

Wow!  It was amazing.  It was life changing!  It was needed – and I really did not realize how much I needed this training until I went through it.

I truly believe the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs are the best teachings I’ve seen in the world of psychology to facilitate self-esteem growth and to help people believe, many for the first time in their lives, that they are worthy and valuable human beings.  I emerged from my work with Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ with a new sense of confidence and belief in myself and an increased ease connecting with other people.  Many people I know would react with “Hold on Heather, you already were confident and comfortable around others.” Well, yes and no.  Sure, I’m very confident in most situations.  However, for years, I felt inadequate around other women, as if I was never pretty enough, never said anything cool enough or wore cute enough clothes.   I somehow felt I didn’t measure up around women.  I didn’t feel like I was enough.  I’m sure this insecurity was born in my youth when I was snubbed by the “popular” crowd.  What I learned from the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ is this:


Isn’t that amazing?  Isn’t that freeing?  It was for me.

It was incredible experience.  I feel like it helped me to get to a place of joy that I’d been searching for my entire life.  I choose to live wholeheartedly with authenticity.

If this resonates with you and you have been searching for confidence or you have struggled with self-esteem and self-doubt and have had difficulty truly connecting with others, please contact me.  I use the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ learning’s in both my individual therapy sessions and in structured groups that I run periodically.

I’d love to work with you.  Everyone deserves to feel worthy  Please reach out to me if you are ready to take the next step in your journey to living a fulfilling and wholehearted life.

You can contact me here.