Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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Journey Through Living is a venture started by Lisa Borchardt in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in her 24th year of practice. She is a Grief Counselor, and a Full Professor of Social Work at NWU.


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Lisa Borchardt facilitates small group conversations, individual counseling, and workshops focusing on grief, loss, death, and healing. She delivers presentations at professional conferences and for various organizations.



 "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," Lao-Tzu

View video clips from a few of Lisa's presentations, and review contact information.

Contact Lisa to discuss potential opportunities for: speaking engagements, workshops, individual counseling, group facilitation, or as a keynote speaker.

Twitter: @lisaborchardtNE

Thank you for visiting my website. I look forward to hearing from you, and wish you the best on your journey!





“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

"I met Lisa when she directed a First Plymouth Grief Club. Lisa helped me.  She arranged the group setting to help us share how we were coping with our losses, yet not to compare or 'one up' experiences.  Lisa gently encouraged us to tell our stories. We safely laughed and cried together.  Her guidance to 'go through the grief' helped me to not shun sadness and to try to be insightful about it.  Our discussions were about the individual nature of our healing, the many 'right' ways to do it. I made some friends in these groups. We continue to quote Lisa and refer to her techniques and summaries.
Lisa helped me. I'm stronger, more durable."
~Phyllis Arth, Lincoln, Nebraska

"I approached Lisa and asked her to speak to a Nebraska Wesleyan group of women who have supported our students with scholarships for the past 120 years. The group’s meeting theme was “leaving a legacy.” In addition to talking about their monetary legacy in a different session, Lisa’s talk was about their bigger legacy of who they are and what they want to be remembered for. It opened many eyes and I think will change how we all speak to grieving friends. Lisa brought comfort to the room by using and embracing the word death. Lisa is a caring and compassionate person. Her words are heartfelt and they demonstrate the passion she has for her field. She draws you in when she speaks and has the audience hanging on her every word. I have walked away inspired and enlightened every time I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Lisa speak. Lisa is making the world a better place! Lisa’s love for her topic is something to be cherished and I know the women present shared her passion…because it is contagious!"
~ Susy Miller, Gift Officer

Nebraska Wesleyan University

“Someone once observed that the longest journey a person will undertake in life is the distance between the head and the heart. Lisa Borchardt has clearly made the round trip. Her work is the beautiful expression of a searching intellect and an emotional adept. She illumines the human experience – with its glories and struggles – while providing practical and inspirational ways for the person to soar. She is a gifted speaker who knows how to delight and challenge an audience. Laughter and tears abound when Lisa takes you on life’s journey.”
~ Dr. Rev. Jim Keck, Senior Pastor
First Plymouth United Congregational Church

“Lisa Borchardt’s presentation on compassion fatigue was both uplifting and insightful for the hospice team. So much of the work done in hospice care requires a pouring out of self, and oftentimes staff becomes weary and run down. Lisa’s presentation to the hospice team gave an encouraging perspective on self-care for one of the most spiritually and emotionally draining fields in the medical care industry. Her self-assessment tools were helpful for staff to step back and observe how the very important work we do impacts our beings. Lisa’s information and presence gave our team a sense of renewal.”
~ Caitlin Mason, Bereavement Coordinator
Tabitha Health Care

“Lisa led our staff in an exercise to recognize unsafe ways that people deal with grief and how to help them out of unhealthy coping mechanisms. She spoke about healthy healing and what coping with grief in a healthy way should look like. Lisa is a presenter who is positive and entertaining, but wise and knowledgeable at the same time. She engaged our entire staff by being energetic, authentic, and humorous. Lisa presented to our group with poise and a deep knowledge on the topic of loss and grief. I would highly recommend Lisa Borchardt for trainings related to loss and grieving.”
~ Melissa Rogers, Human Resources Coordinator

Friendship Home

“On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter, I would like to thank you for presenting at our 2009 Annual Conference. Your presentation contributed greatly to the great attendance this year. Thank you for joining us in this important work of celebrating social work.”
~ Terry Werner, Executive Director
National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter