top of page

Barbara L. Parker

I'm Barbara, my specialty is helping people that have been marginalized, those dealing with stress, feeling over-whelmed, trauma, relationship concerns, financial concerns, anxiety, and depression. We develop a plan to move you from feeling stressed and over-whelmed to feeling in control again. We work to improve your relationships with your loved ones and yourself. If you are feeling stuck and do not know where to turn. We will help you lighten the burden. We do not judge you because our goal is to help you accomplish your goals whatever they may be. You'll be able to face new challenges with greater confidence.

IMG_1098 (1)_edited.jpg

Takisha Strowder

Hi, my name is Takisha Strowder and I am an intern at BF Empowerment Center. I’m currently attending The University of Phoenix for my Master’s in Mental Clinical Health in Counseling. I enjoy using my therapeutic skills and techniques to contribute to the need of mental health services in Northeast Ohio.

I believe I can help my clients by being authentic, sincere, empathetic and understanding. I understand that life can be challenging, frustrating and overwhelming at times because I struggled with homelessness, grief and unemployment for many years. I also watched my family struggle with mental health and addiction. I also saw many barriers being removed for myself and my family by being engaged with community support, resources and therapy.

I graduated from Shaw High School in 2008 majoring in Criminal Justice. I also attended Central State University in 2012 and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While attending Central State, I was on the dean's list and I obtained The Psi Chi membership. Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology. I also obtained membership for The National Society of Leadership and Success due to my G.P.A. And academic performance while attending The University of Phoenix. My hobbies are shopping, planning events and playing with my dogs. My overall goal is to remove barriers that people may face due to mental health and to normalize mental health while spreading awareness. 

 I’m excited to be a part of an amazing team here at BF Empowerment Center. 

Professional Pic .jpg

Jessica Lindsey

I'm Jessica, my specialty is helping people that have experienced trauma and focusing on their strength.  I help people that feel overwhelmed by life and have lost hope. I help them to see the light to create solutions using your own skills.  

As a Native American, Mexican, Irish, Italian woman, I understand the challenges that you may face have had to cope with being judged and make sure that stereotypes are not perpetuated. My biggest hope for you is that your grow in an understanding that your skills shine brightly even if it is different than others.  

BFE photo (1)_edited.jpg

Elena Graf

We live in a fast pace environment and constantly changing world. Sometimes it gets overwhelming as we learn to adopt living in it. Sometimes it feels like no one understands. Anxiety, helplessness, depression, anger are feelings that familiar to all of us but managing them doesn't always come easy. 


I'm Elena, I am a first generation immigrant and I have overcome a lot of life transitions and challenges. I have 6 years of clinical experience working with individuals who struggle with a wide range of life issues, from most severe mental illness to situational life adjustment. I believe that every one of us is incredibly strong and capable. I can help you to discover your strengths, process life events, learn new ways to cope with mental illness, and achieve the higher quality of life and relationships.

Richard Professional Photo_edited.png

Richard Gibson

Hi, my name is Richard Gibson, and I serve as a Case Worker and Mental/ Behavioral Specialist with BF Empowerment Center.

I'm a First Generation college graduate within my family, earning a Dual Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Pan- African Studies. I can truly say my academic journey humbled me to discover my life passion and Career which is Mentoring, Counseling and Mental Health within underrepresented and disadvantage communities.

Looking back at my beginnings, I would've never envisioned my life to go the way it did and to be now blessed. Growing up I saw a lack of representation of success, which led me into encountering tremendous struggles to forge my own path.

I grew up in a low-income area and was raised by a single mother. All my life, I saw the amount of effort my mother put in to raising my siblings. And all I witnessed, was the hardship, so I knew that I needed to make a difference.

My goal is to assist youth with self-esteem, emotional support, and ultimately share my life experience to instill a sense of belonging in them. 

pictures new one_edited_edited.jpg

Shannon Sinnett

My greatest passion is to bring healing to individuals. I am dedicated to helping individuals gain wisdom, and knowledge and bringing restoration, healthiness, strength, and unity to relationships. The most significant thing to me is to help others self-evaluate and to find healthy, positive perspectives of themselves. Through recognition and past hurts, individuals can recognize their triggers and life stressors and learn to have better response mechanisms in life. I am loyal, dedicated, compassionate, and persevere through life challenges with my clients. Through education and life experiences, I am dedicated to helping my clients, including children, adults, and families, to achieve and overcome life challenges, and to be restored to completeness, wholeness, and unity. I know through my own life experiences that two are always better than one. My approach allows for comfortability, vulnerability, and trust. I want to help bring the light to depression, fear, addiction, anxiety, and clients by providing my clients with the greatest encouragement, feedback, and, coping skills, which will allow the quickest relief possible. I am driven and dedicated to helping clients find solutions to their problems.

Professional Headshot.jpg

Olivia Candella

As an MFT, understanding family systems allows me to critically examine relationship dynamics.

My goal is to help individuals and families gain and sustain positive mental health and outlook on life by learning how to set realistic and achievable goals that will move them toward reaching their full potential. My ultimate hope is to establish trust and help my clients gain a sense of belonging that allows them to work through a proper treatment plan specific to their needs, implement resources and help build resilience. With this position I aim to cultivate the skills and experiences to better the community.


Tabitha Compton

Hello, my name is Tabitha. I help clients get through the difficult times in life that may include but not limited to mental health (such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders), grief, trauma, relationships, addiction, and transitions. I have worked in the field for over 10 years and have my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Liberty University. It is important to treat the whole person looking at each area of their life. Understanding the person through their past experiences and development, can help plan for the future. In addition, our past experiences can help us understand our strengths and weakness to help overcome the current challenges. It is important to have an open, safe, supportive and non-judgement space to work through the challenges for a healing peace and overall happiness.

bottom of page