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Meet the Counselors

Brenda Sanford, MSW, LISW-S

Program Director and Counselor

Brenda is a full time counselor and director of the Center. She is a native of Logan County. She received her undergraduate degree through Miami University and her Master of Social Work degree through Ohio State. She and her husband, Jim, have two married adult daughters, three young granddaughters and a young grandson. She is an active member of the First Christian Church. Brenda is also a licensed lay minister in Ohio for the Disciples of Christ and led the Café Grace Praise and Worship Service at the First Christian Church. Brenda is trained in EMDR, a trauma therapy.

Angelia Parsons, MSW, LISW


Angelia is a part-time counselor for the Center. She is a native of Kentucky but has lived in Logan County for a number of years. She and her husband, John, have two sons. She received an undergraduate degree from Anderson University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky. She is an active member of the First Church of God in Bellefontaine. Angelia is EMDR trained and often works with clients who have eating disorders, codependency issues, or trauma histories.


Trisha Carson, LPCC, Billing Coordinator


Trisha completed her internship at Light the Way and has been with us since 2012.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  Trisha lives in Kenton, OH and attends New Hope Church.  She is married and has a daughter and one spoiled dog.

 Trisha is EMDR trained and has experience working with trauma survivors, mood disorders, adolescents, and adjustment issues.  She is passionate about validating her client's experiences and allowing them a safe place to explore their emotions.


Kristen Lawson, MFT


Kristen is a part-time therapist at Light the Way and a full-time local licensed pastor with the United Methodists. A Colorado native, Kristen obtained her undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and her Masters of Marriage & Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology in California. Kristen often works with survivors of individual & communal trauma, people leaving cults or who have experienced spiritual abuse, families & individuals navigating various cultural dynamics & expectations, and with spiritual leaders. Kristen is trained in narrative, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy.  

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