Biography

Cheryl Rich is a Producer, author, public speaker and founder of Self-Acceptance Academy and The Family Forward Foundation. These organizations work in unison to strengthen families. For over a decade, she has volunteered her time with several non-profit and community based organizations as a Founder and a Board Member, two of them being, AIM4theHeart Organization and the Pico Youth & Family Center Organization. 

Cheryl is an “Oprah-like” psychologist for those in desperate situations.  Because pain does not discriminate whether she is conducting therapy for at-risk youth or white-collar housewives, Cheryl has the uncanny ability to provide much-needed hope to the hopeless.    

She was pregnant at 11 years old. Her only child, Eric, was killed in a car accident two months before his 19th birthday. It left her weakened, and heart crushed….Devastated. After a treacherous journey through drug addiction, incarceration, and a "self-made" hell, Cheryl rose from the ashes with brutal courage and fierce determination, breaking through some of life's most "mind-shattering" tragedies. 

After many years of self-exploration, Cheryl completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She is a certified Intervention Specialist and Licensed Victims Assistant Mediator, a phenomenal speaker, and has developed…or…shall I say, "invented" the "meet people where they are" therapeutic technique, which she conducts on a daily basis within the "trenches." Today, she relentlessly guides others through their journey from incarceration to liberation, assisting people with breaking out of the crippling prison within their "Mind" and going from self-hatred to self-love. 

A Cheryl quote: "A meal will make you happy…aka…'Happy Meal,' but happiness is fleeting. It’s Joy that’s Eternal." That thought sparked the flame that birthed the “Self-Acceptance” curriculum, which teaches the importance of understanding that true joy can only be found within. Her unique therapeutic technique provides clients with simple but powerful cognitive tools which liberates a person from anxiety and takes them from depression and dysfunction to a passionate, purposeful self-connection. 

She has conducted her empowering, unconventional style of individual, and group therapy sessions within churches, foster homes, drug rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls, and prisons. The quote which Cheryl Rich lives by:

"I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand.  Therefore, I will apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all.  And I will STRAIN…my potential until it CRIES…for Mercy." - Og Mandino