Welcome To CareNet Counseling's Coastal Region

CareNet Counseling Coastal Region, also known as Wilmington CareNet, is a non-profit community-based counseling ministry offering pastoral care and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples and families in Southeastern North Carolina. An affiliate of CareNet, Inc. and Wake Forest Baptist Health, our clinics are located in Wilmington, Jacksonville, Shallotte and Bolivia.

Our mission, “To renew lives by promoting psychological, emotional and spiritual health through compassionate, professional, spiritually-integrated counseling,” is supported by community, faith and business leaders within our area. Our commitment is to enhance access to counseling services for all within our communities, including those with limited capacity to pay for professional care.

Our Team

Terry Tackett, MSW, LCSW
Regional Manager

Terry Tackett has worked with individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. His areas of counseling include working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, stress management, relational and marital issues, divorce, pornography, phase-of-life transitions, grief and loss, anger issues and spiritual issues. Terry earned his MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to joining CareNet, Terry served clients in private practice at Fredericksburg Christian Counseling Center in Virginia for over 30 years.

Terry’s schedule allows for daytime and early evening appointments Monday through Thursday at the Wilmington College Road clinic.

Ed Barron, MA, LCMHCA

My primary approach to counseling is relational. I believe that understanding relationships are a vital component in the therapeutic process. I use an integrated approach (a combination of person centered cognitive behavioral, positive psychology/strength based, and traditional psychodynamic theories). My goal is to create a safe space for clients to be respected, heard, and understood.

I provide counseling to adults, couples, children, adolescents, families & groups. I especially enjoy working with couples in separation/divorce situations, children of divorce situations, children of divorce and blended families, as well as addiction/recovery. I work with those experiencing a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, individuals in crisis, as well as those struggling with chronic issues.

I believe clients have a role in the therapeutic process and should be active in setting goals and evaluating what is or is not working in the process. The client’s input is essential in assessing the risk and benefit of change, the time commitment involved, and establishing treatment goals.


Ijeoma Bennin, MA, LCMHCA

Ijeoma Bennin has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. She is a resident at CareNet’s residency program in Psychotherapy and Spirituality.  She works with adults and has interests that include depression, anxiety, stress, motherhood, individuals diagnosed with cancer, and spirituality. She incorporates person centered, cognitive behavioral and spiritually integrated approaches into the counseling process and is passionate about helping individuals recognize their own strengths within their life journey.  She wants to support people in having faith during their seasons in life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children along with exercising, reading, and taking walks outside.  Daytime appointments can be scheduled with her Monday through Friday at the Wilmington office location. 

Ed Cochard, LPA

Ed Cochard is a Licensed Psychological Associate who has been providing mental health services since 1995.  He has practiced in outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings. He has also worked in community mental health and private practice outpatient clinics. He has experience treating both mental health and substance abuse issues in adults. His areas of clinical focus include treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, anger management, compulsive behavioral disorders and substance use disorders. Ed utilizes a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing in his treatment approach. He earned a BS in Psychology and Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University in 1991. He continued on at Old Dominion University to earn his Master’s degree in Psychology in 1993. Ed is in the Wilmington office Tuesday – Thursday and in the Bolivia office on Mondays.

Paula Briedis, MA, LCMHC

Ms. Briedis has her Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina and works with individuals, couples and families. Previously she has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health agency, and community outreach. With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Briedis is devoted to assisting people grow and change. Her goal is to help equip, encourage, and engage clients as they journey through difficulties they face in their lives. Bringing faith into the counseling office adds a fullness to the process of change. Her expertise covers a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, life transitions, grief, relational problems, or those simply wanting to live life more fully. She also works with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Ms. Briedis’ schedule allows for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Jacksonville clinic.

Caryn Coons, Ph.D., MA, LCMHC

Caryn Coons supports children, adolescents and adults of any age. Her treatment specialties are trauma (with emphasis on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), ADHD and neurofeedback training. Ms. Coons earned a Ph.D. in Psychology, an MA in counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Diplomate in Clinical Counseling through both the American Psychotherapy Association and the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy. She has also served on the Editorial Board for the Annals of Psychotherapy, a journal published by the American Psychotherapy Association. In addition, she served as an Adjunct Professor in Webster University’s graduate counseling program.

Ms. Coons’ schedule allows for daytime and early evening appointments Monday through Thursday. She is in the main Wilmington center on College Road on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Harbor United Methodist center on Thursdays.

Ann Gilchrist as LCMHC-A

Ann Gilchrist holds a Masters in Counseling with Liberty University and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. Her focus is on individuals, 18 years old and up in the areas of anxiety, stress management, depression, & grief. Ann’s strengths lie in her personal qualities of compassion and empathy for others. She genuinely cares for people and strives to offer effective tools to overcome their struggles and maintain wellness goals. Daytime appointments can be scheduled with her Monday through Friday at the Wilmington office location.

Kimberly Steed MA, LCMHC

Kimberly Steed has established Wilmington CareNet’s first co-located counseling practice within Brunswick Family Medical Center in Shallotte, N.C. She specializes in family therapy but also works with individuals ranging in age from three through senior adulthood, who are struggling with anxiety, depression and phase-of-life issues. Ms. Steed earned an MA in agency counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has previous experience as an Intensive Family Preservation Social Worker and Director of Transition Services with Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. She has also worked as a therapist with Evergreen Health Services, Family Alternatives, Inc. and Modern Wellness, all in Whiteville, N.C.

Ms. Steed’s schedule allows for appointments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the Brunswick Family Medical Center clinic in Shallotte.

D. Jan Storey, MEd, MA, LCMHC

Jan Storey’s clinical work focuses on strengthening relationships (pre-marital, marital, parent-child, etc.), depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment, phase-of-life, and personal faith. He utilizes a cognitive approach to therapy in order to explore the relationships between thought patterns, emotions and behavioral choices. Client-centered and narrative therapy components are utilized as well. Emphasis is placed on the development of conceptual frameworks as tools for the management of thought processes, and subsequently for the management of emotional and behavioral responses. Mr. Storey earned both an MEd in administration and an MA in Christian counseling. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and is ordained by the American Evangelistic Association. He has worked with individuals and families for over 35 years, including 14 years with Lower Cape Fear Juvenile Services. He is the former Director of Pitt Regional Juvenile Services in Greenville, N.C.

Mr. Storey sees clients primarily by telehealth.

Bonnie Prevatte
Office Administrator

Bonnie Prevatte joined Wilmington CareNet Counseling in February of 2015. With over 30 years in customer relations and office procedures/management, she brings an extensive background in insurance, claims processing, information and records management. Bonnie is also experienced in computer graphics and design, and is knowledgeable in various computer software programs.

Susan Campbell
Administrative Assistant

Susan Campbell began her employment with CareNet in April of 2021. Her cheerful personality along with her organizational skills and customer service background enable her to efficiently serve our Wilmington area offices administratively. Susan assists new and existing patients with the initial intake process, scheduling, insurance verification and documentation.


Wilmington – Main Office

610 S College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-799-1071

Shallotte Center

Brunswick Family Medical
712 Village Road SW, Suite 104
Shallotte, NC 28470
Phone: 910-799-1071

Wilmington – Satellite Office

Harbor United Methodist Church
4853 Masonboro Loop Road
Wilmington, NC 28409
Phone: 910.799.1071

Bolivia Center

Brunswick Baptist Resource Center
1041 Old Ocean Highway
Bolivia, NC 28472 ‎
Phone: 910.799.1071

Jacksonville Center

New River Baptist Association
2734 Commerce Road
Jacksonville, NC 28546
Phone: 910.799.1071

New Client Forms

New Client Forms – DOWNLOAD & PRINT

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Consent to Treat and Center Information | download PDF

Consentimiento para dar tratamiento e Información del Centro | download PDF

Client Rights and Responsibilities | download PDF

Client Information Form | download PDF

Notice of Privacy Practices | download PDF

Anuncio de Prácticas de Privacidad | download PDF

Privacy Practices Acknowledgment | download PDF

Programs & Workshops

We offer a wide variety of presentations & workshops on various topics for faith communities, civic organizations and businesses. Please contact us to learn more or request a workshop tailored to your needs.



At CareNet we know everyone should be able to get the mental health care they need that’s why we’re inviting you to support our mission and help make it happen.

Remember, it’s because of donations from organizations, service clubs, corporations, foundations and individuals like you, that we’re able to provide these critical counseling services for the communities we serve here in the Coastal Region.

Please join us by giving the gift of mental health and help us help the children, teens and adults who need us most. Every gift makes a difference.

VOLUNTEER – An Invitation to Give Your Time & Talent

We always need volunteers to serve on our board and committees, as well as help at the center and at events. If you are interested in volunteering please contact, Regional Director, Terry Tackett:  ttackett@wakehealth.edu or (910) 799-1071.



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CareNet Counseling Center
610 S. College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403

Our Board

Board Officers
Jerry Cannon, President
Sam Rose, Treasurer
Leslie Godbold, Secretary

Board of Directors
Brooke Batts
Carl Jahrstorfer
Michael Tuczynski