Lisa Rhodes-Strickler, BSW, MA
Growing up as the oldest daughter and the middle child of seven made it impossible not to learn teamwork. My family was very involved with serving others through church and community activity. Mom and Dad’s door was always open to visitors needing a listening ear over a good meal or a simple cup of coffee. Being relational was exemplified and instilled at a young age. I learned how to connect with people and now I carry a passion for caring for others.
I hold a Bachelors of Social Work from James Madison University and a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. I have been providing mental health services for over 20 years gaining experience in helping emotionally distressed children and their families; adults with intellectual disabilities; and adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors; and recently acquired certification in traumatic stress studies from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.
Now that my two children are grown and out of the house (yippee!), my husband of 30+ years and I are often spotted on Saturday mornings buying an Americano and heading out to take a cruise around our beautiful countryside – listening to classic rock, catching up with one another and chatting about the world around us. We are deeply rooted in the local Valley values; and appreciate what the diversity has brought to our area.
Being part of Journey’s team since its inception, I have concentrated my interests in serving individuals wanting professional Biblical counseling, which includes the awareness of Christ in our lives. Our walk is not designed to be easy and life is not designed to go it alone. With this in mind, I walk with people in their common struggles that come up in life; marital strife; emotional and sexual abuse; grief and loss; and trauma. All of which I have personally experienced.
It seems your wanderings have brought you to Journey. I have a hunch you are searching for something. If you are feeling led, please accept my invitation to connect with me, and we’ll see if traveling together is a good fit.