The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.
The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational
leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. 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.
The Daring Way™ method is 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, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.
Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers; Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be
Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010).
She is also the author of 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 14 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED
conference, where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.
I completed the Daring Way™ national training in Febuary 2014 and I am a Certified Daring Way Facilitator
(CDWF). To ensure the quality and consistency of this work, and to maintain the fidelity of research by
Brené Brown Ph.D. LMSW, only Certified Daring Way Facilitators and Candidates are authorized to facilitate
The Daring Way™.
Brené Brown and her work has spoken to me from the moment that I first watched her Ted Talk on The Power
of Vulnerability. I think she is able to put words and also a paradigm around what so many of us experience
and feel in a way that truly resonates. As I have explored her work and then attended the national training,
I am even more convinced that her work can really influence many in an extremely positive way.
Daring Way™ Groups
My colleague Bella McCarthy-May and I co-facilitated a Daring Way™ group in the Spring of 2014, and we
plan to facilitate more groups in the future. Please contact me for information on upcoming sessions.
Here is what some of our participants had to say about the group:
“The Daring Way™ course creates a safe place to explore and share your personal story. More than
life-affirming group therapy, Daring Way’s thoughtful lessons remind you how, and encourage you to
practice, being your true self. Through a series of conversations and creative exercises, you will
be guided to rediscover how satisfying wholeheartedness feels, and to harness the power of your inner
strength.” — Colleen B.
“The program taught me to listen to myself, slow down and think about the changes I feel in my body
and thoughts I am having. When stopping and taking the time to identify my feelings of shame, fear,
and exhaustion, or ‘take inventory,’ I was able to lessen or stop the negative feelings I was
fighting.” — Jennifer W.
“My experience was more powerful and more emotional than I thought it would be! I loved having the
tools that provided me to go these emotional places. I loved the vibe of the facilitators: low key,
kind, empathetic, gentle guides who made me feel safe. This group helped me recognize qualities and
patterns in my life that I would not normally be able to identify in my ordinary life. It helped me
organize my feelings about my past and made gently aided me in recognizing what I want for myself in
the future.” — Melanie S.
“I loved this group and appreciated your willingness to share what you learned with us. For me, this
came at the perfect time of wanting to make some changes in my life and trying decide what that would
look like. This group helped me to define what those changes might be, but also provided some tools
and a different way to approach life to help make those changes happen. It also provided a weekly
time to dedicate to thinking about these personal areas and a supportive space to share some of the
challenges I was facing.” — Rachael T.
“Authenticity is a collection of choices
that we have to make every day.
It’s about the choice to show up and be real.
The choice to be honest.
The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
― Brené Brown