About Courageous Girls

Courageous Girls was developed by Terra Mattson with the help of passionate mothers who have spent decades in the fields of teaching. counseling, leadership and ministry. Our goal is simple: To help build and support committed gatherings of young girls and their moms who have intentional & Biblical conversations. We hope that regular discussions in a safe and personal environment will promote authentic and strong relationships between the girls, the moms and most importantly, between mothers and daughters so that we all develop a confident identity in Christ. With this identity firmly rooted, we can better understand our unique beauty as women and develop our desire to live a courageous life. 

This is true for our daughters, as well as for us mamas, who must model this unique lifestyle in a world that suggests we should be fitting in with the status quo. Instead of isolation, we choose community and connection. Instead of worldly input, we seek God’s word in our lives. Instead of competition, comparison and judgment, we strive to grow in gratitude, joy, and acceptance so that we are equipped to love others well and live our lives from a place of wholeness and grace. It is not a meager task; it is one that requires sacrifice, strength, character, and commitment. It is also a process constantly evolving, especially in our ever-changing, technologically-infused lives. As our daughters grow and change, we, too, must adapt the way we connect with them as well as the way we demonstrate love. May you be inspired and encouraged to become a Courageous Girl! 

Meet Our Leadership Team

Meet Terra A. Mattson, M.A. LMFT, LPC

Terra is a daughter, wife, mom to two girls (whom she adores deeply and believes mightily for), a marriage & family therapist, author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Birthed from her own heart for her two daughters and the wisdom she has gained with her clients in her professional counseling office, she started Courageous Girls in 2011 alongside seven other moms and daughters. Over the years, Courageous Girls groups started popping up throughout the nation. Currently leading two CG groups of her own, one with each of her daughters, Terra has found an incredible source of love, strength, and friendship among the groups. She never imagined that what she prayed for over her little baby girls would turn into a movement!

In addition to developing Courageous Girls and writing the curriculum, Terra wears many other hats. Married to her best friend, Jeff, for 18 years, she attempts to garden and care for her little flock of chickens. Together, Jeff and Terra founded Living Wholehearted, LLC, a professional counseling and organizational consulting firm outside of Portland, OR, where she is currently the Clinical Director. With fifteen years as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, she speaks, writes, and leads retreats for leaders, women, couples, and families throughout the nation. She published her first book, Courageous: Being Daughters Rooted In Grace and is launching the InCourage Gathering in 2020. You will find Jeff and Terra already working on their next book.

Through all of this, Terra tries to remain open and honest about her personal journey as a woman. She stumbled on her destiny at a young age, as she helps people integrate Biblical truth with clinical wisdom in every day human relationships through the lens of grace. She longs to see people find redemption in the messiest places and believes deeply in the healing power of Christ’s love. Terra is praying for a generation of moms and daughters (and their families). She believes there is a movement of profound courage rising up and rooted IN the power of Jesus. In a world desperate for hope, the time is now!

To learn more about Terra’s work as an author, podcaster, and keynote speaker, please visit TerraMattson.com.

A Fun Fact about Terra

If Terra had a tattoo, it would say, “A beautiful mess and loved.” If there was room, she would add, “Now all glory to God, who IS ABLE, through HIS mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we could ask or imagine. Glory to Him.” Ephesians, 3:20

But that would hurt…and she’s not THAT courageous! 

Meet Janelle O’Connell

Janelle, a wife and mother to two kiddos (one girl and one boy), is on the Living Wholehearted Administration team. Janelle said “yes” to joining the very first Courageous Girls Group with Terra years ago and has enjoyed the journey of being a Courageous Mama along the way. As a friend and part of the CG leadership team, Janelle has contributed to the growth of CG in countless ways from brainstorming, encouraging, dreaming, believing, researching, and praying. She has a passion for helping people in practical ways, especially children. She wants to see children become strong, courageous, and have authentic relationships with Jesus and others! 

Janelle loves adventures of any kind. So jumping in the deep waters with Terra and Aimee to help Courageous Girls become available to all is right in her wheelhouse. With a variety of skill-sets from marketing and business to finance, administration, and organization, Janelle’s heart to serve wherever she can has become vital to growing CG.



A Fun Fact about Janelle

Janelle grew up in a rural town in Eastern Washington with a population of only 800 and not one stoplight. Even though she grew up in a small town, Janelle loves being courageous and trying new adventures! One of her bucket list goals is to travel to all 50 states and all seven continents!

Meet beth kershner

Beth is moved to support women in the turbulent and animated life of raising daughters. As our baby girls shift into young women, parenting doesn’t need to turn to panic or resignation! God provides hope in these beautiful relationships and she is excited to walk alongside moms as they walk alongside their girls, in truth and in love.

She holds a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, served 5 years as a lifestyle coach for hundreds of individuals and currently runs the family farm in a small community outside of Portland, Oregon. Beth has been married to her funny man, Jeff, for 18 years and they are raising their 2 daughters and son. She is most at home in a flannel shirt, ponytail and farm boots.

A Fun Fact about Beth

Beth worked on a county road crew in high school, where she got to drive big trucks, dig holes and make street signs. She was given the nickname “Crash” for no reason at all…

Meet stephanie n. west, m.a. counseling

Stephanie, a mom of three precious kiddos (2 girls and one boy) and wife to her wonderful husband Nick, is part of the Courageous Girls Leadership Development Team.  With a Master’s in Counseling and currently finishing her Certificate in Transformational Coaching at Western Seminary, Stephanie’s heart has always been drawn to mentoring and championing women as they navigate life’s changes and transitions.  She values being part of these sacred moments of holding a woman’s story. With a diversified background in HR, Marketing, Employee Relations, and Employee Advocacy, perhaps Stephanie’s favorite title the past decade has been “mom.” 

Stephanie has valued the different seasons of working in and outside the home and her greatest freedom in the Lord has been knowing she is “enough” just as she is. Stephanie values helping other women understand their unique giftings and to courageously follow the Lord’s promptings in their life. After successfully beating Thyroid Cancer in the summer of 2018, the Lord renewed Stephanie’s thirst for living with intention and purpose for herself and family. She courageously said yes to co-leading her older daughter’s Courageous Girls group last year and became a member of another CG group with her younger daughter.  Stephanie values the platform Courageous Girls provides for faith to take root and grow deeper, for moms/daughters to experience intentional conversations, for relationships with moms/daughters to flourish, and for all daughters to know they are loved without conditions by their Maker. 

Stephanie is honored to be part of the Courageous Girl Leadership Development Team and walk alongside leaders, group members, and mom/daughter duos.  In Stephanie’s free time she loves to run, take her family on spontaneous road trips, and breathe in fresh air at the coast while concurrently
exploring tide pools.



A Fun Fact about Stephanie

Stephanie loved getting to merge two of her passions (travel & running) by participating in the London Marathon.

Be Loved, Love Well