Daring Way and Rising Strong
During the Daring Way™ 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.
Daring Way groups offer the participants the opportunity to:
If The Gifts of Imperfection is about “being you,” and Daring Greatly is about “being all in,” then Rising Strong™ is about “falling, getting up, learning, and doing it all again” (Brené Brown). During the Rising Strong practice, we explore a 3-part process that includes: (1) the Reckoning, (2) the Rumble, and (3) the Revolution. Rising Strong groups offer the participants the opportunity to:
About Brené Brown
About Carol S Miller and her facilitation of the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ groups:
The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ methods are based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW. Dr. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.
She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. Her new book, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., is scheduled for publication in October 2018.
Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.
Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.
As a CDWF, I work with small groups in a weekly format. Each session is approximately two and a half hours in length. The work during our sessions together will include discussion, video, written exercises and creative projects. We explore topics which include vulnerability, courage, shame, worthiness and values through the lens of mindfulness, self-compassion and non-judgment. The ultimate goal is to challenge and support you in finding ways to show up with greater courage in your work and everyday life.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path
— Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
Mind-Body Skills Groups
Studies show that between 60% to 90% of all physician visits are due to stress-related complaints. We live in a fast-paced society where stress comes at us from a number of different directions including chronic illness, jobs, or family. We cannot eliminate stress, but we can take an active role in managing how we respond to it. Mind-body skills are scientifically-validated techniques that can teach you stress management techniques, improve personal coping skills, and enhance a person's capacity for relaxation, self-care and self-awareness. Techniques include meditation, guided imagery, mindful eating, biofeedback, autogenic training and the use of drawings, journals and movement to express thoughts and feelings.
Groups are intentionally small, usually 8 to 10 participants, to encourage a safe, supportive and intimate atmosphere where participants can focus on personal development. They are also educational and fun! Groups are usually two hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks and they are based on the model designed and taught internationally through Dr. James S. Gordon's Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Formation of groups is ongoing.
Groups are designed to help you:
Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and spiritual factors can directly affect health.
— James Gordon, M.D.
Grief, Loss and Transition
Creative Grief Support
Loss has many faces – death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a divorce or the breakup of a relationship, illness/injury/loss of health, move to a new home, graduation from school, change in financial status, retirement, imprisonment, a child leaving home, a change in living conditions, loss of trust/safety/approval – just to name a few. The grief that we experience after a death or loss is normal and natural and within each of us exists a natural resilience that can help us to make the journey through grief. Grief and loss can impact us in many ways – physically, emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally, socially and spiritually – and the journey for each of us will be unique. Oppressive myths and stories about how we “should” grieve, shame and guilt may get in the way of healthy integration and transformation. Yet we all have the capacity to learn, grow and transform through this process and to bring new meaning to our lives. Certification in Creative Grief Support is a rigorous, creative and fun 4-month training program, and through this program, Carol has become a Certified Creative Grief Support Practitioner who would love to share some of the ideas and tools she has learned about the transformational potential of the grief process and moving into wholeheartedness after loss and grief
To find out more about The Creative Grief Studio, click here.
“Grief defines us. The daily, hourly, losses, revisions, reversals. What we do with it can be cathartic, healthy, artistic, murderous, but we have to do something with it. I find most people run away from it; redefine it; shove it, like dust, into a corner. Go mad with grief if you must, but dance with it; make a friend of it. Grief will be the companion by your side all your life. Life is the dealing with it.” —Harold Pinter/Interview with James Grissom/1997
Compassionate Bereavement Care
Carol has been trained and certified as a Compassionate Bereavement Care® Provider through the MISS Foundation in conjunction with The Kubler-Ross Family Trust and The Center for Loss and Trauma. Certified providers working within this type of care follow guiding principles including:
To find out more about Compassionate Bereavement Care, click here.
When a traumatic death occurs, such as the death of a child, not just any counselor, physician, nurse, clergy, or therapist will understand the complexities and challenges of grieving family members. It is critical to find a provider who specializes in traumatic grief. An effective provider will walk with you, help you connect with your feelings, and help you discover ways to cope with the overwhelming sense of loss.
— Dr. Joanne Cacciatore
Founder and Chairman of the MISS Foundation
Founder and Chairman of the MISS Foundation
At this time, Carol is not accepting new clients for individual or couples counseling.