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 Goens, MHC, LPCC


Trisha completed her internship at Light the Way and became independently licensed in March 2020.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  She moved to Bellefontaine to be closer to work, but continues to go to New Hope Church in Kenton. Trisha is EMDR trained and has experience working with trauma survivors, mood disorders, adolescents, and adjustment issues.

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Christine Greenwald, MHC, LPCC


Christine has a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband moved to Bellefontaine in 2018 to serve the community with First Christian Church. They recently had their first child, a baby daughter.

Christine enjoys working with children ages 3 and older, adolescents, and adults. She is working on obtaining a Registered Play Therapist certificate. As a new mom, she is interested in helping women in the post-partum and beyond period. Infants are also welcome in session, because childcare is challenging and new parents need support!

 Other clinical areas of interest include: history of trauma, depression, anxiety (generalized, social), ADHD, behavioral concerns, school or family issues, young adults, spiritual concerns, relationship issues, phase of life adjustment. She is an LGBTQ affirming counselor.