Welcome To CareNet Counseling's Northwest Region

We are a spiritually-integrated mental health and community care organization affiliated with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. As one of the six CareNet regions spanning North Carolina, we provide counseling services for adults, children, families and couples in Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Iredell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

We are supported in our mission by a highly-engaged board of prominent religious, business and professional leaders with one driving goal – making sure everyone in our community has access to our counseling services and educational programs regardless of their ability to pay.

And, throughout the year we host, and co-host, a variety of highly informative presentations and talks on timely topics in mental health.

Our Team

Robert Willis, LMFT
Regional Manager

Robert Willis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, clinical fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, graduate of CareNet’s residency in psychotherapy and spirituality, and director of CareNet Northwest Region. Robert works with adolescents, adults, families and couples focusing in areas of trauma and relationships.


Ashley Allman, LCMHCA

Ashley is a native of South Carolina and has called North Carolina home since 2005. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. She earned her Master of Science degree in 2021 from North Carolina A&T University. Ashley is currently in her second year of the CareNet’s residency program in psychotherapy and spirituality. She believes in a holistic approach to healing, valuing physical, spiritual, emotional and social health. She works with children, adolescents and adults, with an emphasis on trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. When she is not working, Ashley enjoys spending time with friends, going to see live music, going to sporting events (especially football) and spending time with her dog.

Esmé Bieberly, LCMHC

Esmé grew up in South Dakota and has been living in northwest North Carolina since 2009. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, received her master of arts in counseling from Grace College in May 2020, and completed CareNet’s residency program in psychotherapy and spirituality in August 2022. Esmé believes in the healing nature of a genuine therapeutic relationship and values creating a safe, judgement-free space where clients feel seen and heard. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families, with a focus on trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, identity/meaning, and other concerns. Outside of work, Esmé loves spending time with her family, friends and pets—and enjoys being outdoors, getting lost in a good book, creativity, all kinds of music and watching British detective shows.


Jessica Call, LCMHC

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has served with CareNet since graduating with her Master of Arts in agency counseling from Lenoir Rhyne College in May of 2008. Jessica also graduated from CareNet’s residency program in psychotherapy and spirituality in August of 2010. She is especially passionate about spirituality and the role it plays in the healing process. Jessica enjoys serving women seeking to overcome past trauma(s) and/or present life stressors, and also working with children, teens and their families to restore healthy and positive relationships.


John Garner, LCMHC

John Garner, a North Carolina native, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who, with his family, relocated to Wilkesboro to pursue a passion for spiritually integrated therapy and holistic living. Formerly a NASCAR engineer, John received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006 and his master of arts in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2019. He serves children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.


Jessica Gilley, MA, LCMHCA

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and a clinical resident in CareNet’s residency program in psychotherapy and spirituality. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African American Studies from UNC-Greensboro in 2003 and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in May 2023. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, and spirituality. Jessica believes in a holistic approach to counseling, focusing on the mind, body, and spirit and is passionate about creating a space for clients to find hope, peace, and healing.


David Holden, M. Th., M.A., MPH., LCMHC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

W. David Holden is a native of Brevard and now lives in Boone. Mr. Holden studied Biblical languages at Duke University. After college, Mr. Holden attended seminary at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. When he returned to North Carolina he served as pastor of United Methodist churches in Asheville, Fallston, and King. Mr. Holden earned a counseling degree at Appalachian State University in 1995. Since then he has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings. In 2017 Mr. Holden completed a degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His master’s paper was on policies to support healthcare providers working with trauma survivors. Mr. Holden has particular expertise with men’s issues and kids who have survived abuse and neglect. He is married and has four adult children (and two grandchildren so far).


Rose Pawlyszyn, LCSWA

Rose earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2015 and Master of Social Work in 2017, both from Appalachian State University. Rose completed an internship with CareNet in the spring of 2017, and most recently was accepted to CareNet’s residency in psychotherapy and spirituality in the fall of 2017. Rose’s clinical focus is on utilizing a solution-focused, systems-based approach in therapy. Understanding that spirituality can be a major influence in clients’ lives, she helps clients explore their unique spiritual relationships, as applicable. By attending classes in expressive arts, she has attained a desire to help clients explore their concerns in an artistic way. Also, as an adoptee herself, Rose has a passion for working with adoptive families and adoptees. She enjoys working with people of all ages.


Licia Rogers, MS, LPA

Licia Williams Rogers graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University in 1995, and she became a Licensed Psychological Associate in NC in 1996. She focused on children and adolescents by providing psychological evaluations and cognitive behavioral therapy, though her work also includes adults, couples, and families. As Mrs. Rogers gained experience over the years, the value of including spirituality as part of the therapy process became evident. Her hope is to facilitate others embracing their spirituality as part of their healing process, and to incorporate that into the cognitive behavioral therapy provided. Mrs. Rogers and her husband relocated to Wilkes County to enjoy the beauty of the foothills after residing in Wilmington, NC, Mrs. Rogers’ hometown. She looks forward to continuing to assist people of all ages through psychological evaluation, psychoeducation, and therapy.

Licia Rogers


North Wilkesboro

204 Jefferson Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Phone: 336-838-1644

Elkin First United Methodist Church

340 Hawthorne Road
Elkin, NC 28621
Phone: 336-838-1644

New Client Forms

New Client Forms – DOWNLOAD & PRINT

(Click on the form below to download, print and fill out)

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 variety of educational opportunities and are willing to create/modify seminars to meet the needs of organizations, businesses and groups. Below is a sample list of our offerings:

  • Marital Enrichment
  • Parenting Via Love and Logic
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Understanding Effects of Trauma
  • Reducing Mental Health Stigma
  • Cultivating Work-Life Balance
  • Self-Care for Caregivers
  • Adoption Competency
  • Mental Health First Aid


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 Northwest 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.




Please mail your donation to the address below with your check made payable to:

CareNet Counseling Northwest
PO Box 1656
North Wilkesboro NC 28659

VOLUNTEER – An Invitation to Give Your Time & Talent

We always need volunteers to serve on our board and committees, as well as help at our center and at events. If you are interested in volunteering please contact, Center Director, Robert Willis a rawillis@wakehealth.edu or 336-838-1644.

Our Board

We are supported by an advisory board of prominent faith, business and professional leaders. Our board of directors are listed below.

Rev. Bert Young- Chair
Mrs. Glenda Adams
Mr. Larry Farthing
Dr. Joe Pinkerton
Rev. Patricia Turner
Mr. Tom Furr
Rev. Graylin Carlton
Rev. Roger Hull
Mrs. Mary Lou Eldridge