Our Mission:

To wholeheartedly guide others through lifes ashes enabling them to build beautiful, creative, faith and hope filled healing.


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Art Therapy

Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. (AATA)


Traditional Talk Therapy

 Talk therapy (also known as psychotherapy) can be an important part of treatment for anxiety, depression, chronic illness, grief or other uncomfortable mental health experiences. A psychotherapist can help you cope with feelings, problem solve and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your symptoms. 


Group Therapy Workshops & Retreats

Involving a mental health professional and two or more people, groups address a specific mental health concern and helps people feel supported. Whether your goal is growth, improving social skills, or something else, group therapy could help you achieve it. We also hold workshops and retreats that utilize The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ methodologies based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD.

an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making...


Art therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change (AATA).

Play Therapy is the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development (APA)


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Utilizing talk therapy to eliminate or control troubling symptoms and/or behaviors to help our clients increase well-being and healing.


Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness or loss, like the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders, like depression or anxiety. There are several different types of psychotherapy and some types may work better with certain problems or issues. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies (APA).


Faith-Based Psychotherapy is holistic in nature.

While some therapies focus solely on physical health, others on emotions, and still others on the interplay of body / mind / emotions (referred to as a bio-psycho-social approach), few approaches to counseling or psychotherapy are truly holistic and treat the whole person – mind body and soul.

Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, we are undeniably physical, emotional, thinking, and spiritual beings.  When one or more components of our person-hood is ignored in restoring health after trauma, complete healing is impossible.

Faith-based psychotherapy seeks to be holistic by incorporating the vital element of spirituality or faith to more traditional psychotherapy that includes awareness of the interplay of body, mind, and emotions.

Beauty for Ashes Counseling's approach incorporates spirituality to meet you where you are at in your own spiritual / faith journey and help you to create harmony between your beliefs, experiences, thoughts, emotions, and actions. While our personal beliefs are Bible-based Christianity, all are welcome and it is our hope that you will be comfortable regardless of religious tradition.





Cheryl Childers is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF). She applies this work to individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders, in clinical, educational, and professional settings.


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 facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them 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.Further information is available at www.thedaringway.com.


The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

Here’s how Brené describes the progression of her work: The Gifts of Imperfection–Be you. Daring Greatly–Be all in. Rising Strong–Fall. Getup. Try again.


Dr. Brené 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 TEDtalks in the world with over 35 million views. Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

Preliminary findings suggest that stress reduction in healthcare professionals may occur after as little as 5 minutes of interaction with a therapy dog.


Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. A therapist who brings along a pet may be viewed as being less threatening, increasing the rapport between patient and therapist. Animals used in therapy include domesticated pets, farm animals and marine mammals (such as dolphins). While the research literature presents the relationship between humans and companion animals as generally favorable, methodological concerns about the poor quality of the data have led to calls for improved experimental studies.

Wilson’s (1984) biophilia hypothesis is based on the premise that our attachment to and interest in animals stems from the strong possibility that human survival was partly dependent on signals from animals in the environment indicating safety or threat. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that now, if we see animals at rest or in a peaceful state, this may signal to us safety, security and feelings of well-being which in turn may trigger a state where personal change and healing are possible.

Animals can be used in a variety of settings such as prisons, nursing homes, mental institutions, hospitals and in the home. Assistance dogs can assist people with many different disabilities; they are capable of assisting certain life activities and help the individuals navigate outside of the home.



Propagate effective focus, proficiency, performance and self-actualization.


A sport counselor teaches an athlete to visualize successfully completing a certain action in sporting activity. This will give the athlete confidence to complete the maneuver as well as prepare the athletes body for the actual maneuver. The purpose of this article is to describe the benefits of sport counseling and provide approaches in handling challenging issues in the field as sport people perform their skills. The essence is to provide a relaxed scenario in sporting career to uphold competencies that would propagate effective performance in a competition. A sport counselor provides a model for sport men and women to have a focus in the job they do and build a career for proficiency and self-actualization. Fear of failure, anxiety and lack of confidence was identified as some of the issues athletes face on the field and inconsistency in performance, social withdrawal were strongly recognized as issues that may require the attention of the sport counselor. Be that as it may, cognitive behavioral approaches and psycho-dynamic approaches were seen as strong indicators in handling athletic issues for a better and functional sport team with formidable skills to tackle opponents and win a competition as the coaches and sport managers triumph.
(PDF) Counseling Approaches and Sports Issues.... Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/279529746_Counseling_Approaches_and_Sports_Issues_in_Athletics [accessed Aug 14 2018].