Stronghold Counseling Services, Inc.


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Our Mission

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. – Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)

Stronghold started as a vision of founding partners J.C. Chambers, Ed.D., and Marlene Ruff, M.A., as a place where those who are hurting could experience both clinical excellence AND God’s grace. There are certainly many fine treatment centers specializing in traditional clinical care along with several outstanding Christian based counseling services. However, we find the combination of these two healing approaches to be unique.

The mission of Stronghold is to dispense God’s grace in reaching those outside the church door while providing services that are clinically astute, sound, and at the highest level of excellence. Stronghold IS NOT in the business of preaching, judging, or proselytizing. Stronghold is about healing. The kind of deep healing that happens when therapy resides on the spiritual level, addressing all the elements that make up the whole person.

Stronghold Counseling
Clinically Excellent… Biblically Sound.

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Dr. JC Chambers of Stronghold Counseling is an LSCI trainer (LifeSpace Crisis Intervention) and is available to train in schools or other organizations. 

Lifespace Crisis Intervention is designed specifically to help teachers, assistant principals, ea’s, etc. deal with the conflicts and emotional explosions that typically happen in a classroom setting. It is an evidence based model that has 5 different studies written about it. The one most pertinent to our system would be the one written by Carol Dawson in New York City proper District 63, the largest special ed district in the city of New York. She determined that LSCI is more effective than most other interventions being used in their school system in terms of reducing degree of expulsiveness and preempting conflict in the classroom. 

This training is approved for 30 NBCC clock / 30 SD NASW contact hours.

If you have any questions or need more information or wish to sign up a group, call Gena at 605.334.7713.


About Stronghold:

Hope Without Hype - Guidance Without Judgement

Stronghold Counseling was founded on a philosophy of non-judgmental counseling. Before healing can happen, open communication must take place in a safe environment free of judgment. Stronghold provides a "judgment-free" zone where individuals and families can honestly open up, often for the first time without any fear of repercussions.