Welcome To CareNet Counseling’s Piedmont Triad Region

Our region is comprised of four key service areas which include: the Winston-Salem area, Mount Airy area, Kernersville area, and Davie County area. To see the centers within each of our service areas, select ‘locations’ on the menu to the right or scroll to the bottom of the page.

We are a compassionate, spiritually-integrated and community-based care organization affiliated with Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. As one of six regions in the CareNet Counseling family, we are committed to improving the mental health of our region and the counties we serve.

We are supported in our mission by highly-engaged boards in each of our three key service areas above, made up of religious, business and professional leaders with one driving goal – making sure everyone has access to our counseling services and educational programs regardless of their ability to pay.

Our Team


Jeremy Fox, LCMHC, NCC
Regional Clinical Manager

Jeremy Fox joined CareNet Counseling as a clinical resident in 2016. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Jeremy’s education includes a master’s in counseling and an Education Specialist degree in couples and family counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Campbell University. Prior to joining CareNet, Jeremy has served as a minister in a local church, a counselor in an opiate treatment program and a private practice counselor. Jeremy’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, men’s concerns, anger management, life transitions, stress management and spirituality.


Juliana Blanton, MA, LCMHC, NCC

Juliana Blanton is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She joined CareNet Counseling as a clinical resident in 2018. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Appalachian State University, along with certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from UNC Chapel Hill. Juliana has experience working with child, adolescent, and adult clients. Her clinical interests include life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity formation, relationship issues, spirituality, and grief/loss. She is passionate about trauma-informed care and holistic approaches to healing in counseling.

Aquita Burrus, LCSW

Aquita Burrus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined CareNet Counseling as a clinical resident in 2016. She holds a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Aging from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a B.S./B.A. from Salem College, and a master’s in social work from Boston University School of Social Work. Aquita works with clients to improve their relationships, health and overall quality of life. She has experience in specific therapies for depression, bipolar, anxiety, Post-Tramautic Stress Disorder and trauma. She helps clients draw from their own strengths while building new skills through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practice. She believes everyone has the strength within themselves to cope when they are educated about their condition, given treatment options and equipped with practical skills. She enhances personal awareness by acting as a mirror to reveal strengths and areas for growth. Her clinical interests include: aging parent/caregiver issues, mood disorders, trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or lack of fulfillment, and integration of mind, body, and spirituality into therapeutic practice.

Samantha Fields, MA, LCMHC

Samantha Fields is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who joined CareNet Counseling as a clinical resident in 2018.  She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University.  Samantha has experience working with adults in individual and group settings, as well as couples and families.  Her clinical interests include adult ADD/ADHD, relationships, anxiety, mood disorders, grief and loss, caregiver concerns, stress management, life transitions, career exploration, self-esteem, and finding meaning and life purpose.



Morgan Brame Goforth, MA, LCMHC

Morgan Goforth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who joined CareNet Counseling as a clinical resident in 2016. She earned a Master of Arts in mental health counseling and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Campbell University. Morgan completed a two-year residency program and a one-year fellowship program in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy through CareNet and Wake Forest Baptist Health. She provides counseling to adolescents, adults, couples and families in individual and group settings. Morgan’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, family conflict, identity and self-esteem issues, spirituality, stress management, life transitions and marital counseling. Morgan is also trained to treat trauma with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy.

Leslie Gura, LCMHC, NCC

Leslie “Les” Gura is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor (NCC). He joined CareNet Counseling as a clinical resident in 2019 after earning his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. Les is a lifelong writer and editor who was an award-winning journalist prior to becoming a counselor. He utilizes narrative in his work as a counselor, adapting his listening and storytelling skills to the counseling profession. This work includes helping clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, stress and other issues. He assists clients to identify preferred narratives in their lives and understand the strengths they have and can use to move toward those narratives.


Amber S. Holton, MA, LCMHC, NCC

Amber Holton is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor who joined CareNet in 2019. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill in 2004. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 2007. She has experience working in pediatric clinics providing therapy for children, young adults and their families. Amber has additional training in the areas of grief and loss and specializes in working with children and adolescents who maybe experiencing stressors related to home or school environments. Amber’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, attention issues, parenting and life transitions.


Claire Morison, LCMHCA, MT-BC

Claire Morison is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate who joined CareNet in 2023 as a clinical resident. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Music Therapy from Appalachian State University, and is additionally a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Claire has worked as a music therapist to address needs related to grief, persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and neurologic conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Claire’s counseling experience includes addressing needs related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and stress for individuals of all ages. Claire is committed to a culturally responsive approach to counseling, and bases her theoretical orientation in client-centered, trauma-informed, and expressive arts practices.


Adrienne Reich, LCMHC, LCAS

Adrienne Reich joined CareNet Counseling in November 2011. She has her Master of Arts in community counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She has 10 years of experience working with individuals, families and couples. Her areas of interest include: marital counseling, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, parenting, stress management, anxiety, work-life balance, infertility and postpartum depression.


Jeanne T. Reynolds, DMin, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Jeanne Thiele Reynolds joined the CareNet clinical staff in January 2023, having moved from the NE Georgia/NW Carolina area where she had been in private practice since 2007. Jeanne trained for 4 years as a Resident of The Georgia Association for Pastoral Care & Counseling (GAPC), now The Care & Counseling Center of Georgia (CCCG). Jeanne is an ordained minister (PC/USA), a certified Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapist (ACPE, The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education), and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (NC: 2017 & Georgia: 1999). Jeanne obtained her Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, 1994 and her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Psychotherapy, 2001. Jeanne has years of experience working with individuals, couples, adolescents, families, and group therapy. Jeanne is also an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Wiley Smith, LCMHCA

Wiley Smith (he/him) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate. He joined CareNet in 2022 as a clinical resident after completing Master’s programs in music therapy and counseling at Appalachian State University. He is also a Board Certified Music Therapist and has been practicing music therapy since completing training in 2015 at Cleveland State University. Wiley’s music therapy clinical experience includes working with patients in medical and hospice settings, children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, and children and adults with disabilities. Wiley’s counseling work incorporates music therapy and other arts-based approaches to address a variety of clinical needs including grief/loss, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, persistent mental illness, addictions, and life transitions. His theoretical orientation is grounded in a client-centered philosophy but also draws on cognitive-behavioral and Gestalt approaches.


Stacey Steck, MDiv, LMFT

Stacey Steck is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as being a Presbyterian pastor. Stacey holds an MA from Pfeiffer University and has served churches in Salisbury, NC, San José, Costa Rica and Saint Cloud, MN. He is a 1996 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The American University in Washington, D.C. (1990). Incorporating insights from the field of family therapy into his pastoral work, Stacey has published a book for couples contemplating marriage called From Newlywed to Foreverwed.

Stacey takes a pragmatic but compassionate approach to helping individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. Whether the need is to solve a specific problem or grow in knowledge of self and faith, Stacey brings more than twenty years of pastoral experience, as well as a broad understanding of how families function. For Stacey, hope, grace, and love are not simply words in the vocabulary of faith, but an essential part of the experience of therapy.

Stacey offers therapy in English and/or Spanish.

Stacey Steck es un Terapeuta con licencia de Pareja y Familia además de ser un pastor presbiteriano. Stacey recibió su maestría de artes del Pfeiffer University y has servido iglesias en Salisbury, NC, San José, Costa Rica, y Saint Cloud de Minnesota. Se graduó en 1996 del Seminario Teológico de Pittsburgh con una Maestría en Divinidad y de The American University de Washington, D.C. en 1990 con una Licenciatura en Comunicaciones. Integrando las enseñanzas de la terapia familiar con su formación teológica, Stacey ha publicado un libro para parejas que se van a casar, que se titula De la Luna de Miel hasta el Matrimonio Eterno.

Stacey utiliza un planteamiento pragmático pero compasivo para ayudar a los individuos, las parejas, las familias y los adolescentes. Si la necesidad es resolver problemas específicos o simplemente crecer en autoconocimiento o de la fe, Stacey trae más que 20 años de experiencia pastoral y sabiduría sobre cómo funcionan las familias. Para Stacey, la esperanza, la gracia, y el amor no son simplemente palabras en el vocabulario de la fe, sino una parte esencial de la experiencia terapéutica.

Stacey ofrece la terapia en inglés y/o en español.



Ron Wachs, LCMHCS

Ron Wachs is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor. He is an ordained United Methodist minister with over 15 years of service in parish ministry. After completing his clinical training in 1992, he worked as a part-time therapist at Baptist Hospital until becoming full-time in 2001. Having previously earned an M.A. from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught History at Atlantic Christian College, now Barton, from 1968 to 1983. His areas of clinical interest include depression, grief and loss, life stage transitions, issues of aging and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).



Linda M. Gatchel, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Linda M. Gatchel received her Master of Social Work in clinical social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979. She was licensed in Virginia in 1983 and later in North Carolina in 1994. She brings with her 30 years of community mental health and private practice experience. Linda is experienced in consultation and education services for individual, couples and group therapy. Her preferred age groups are older teens, adults and geriatrics, and her areas of special interest include: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, adjustment and phase-of-life issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, dialectical behavioral skills, loss and grief, as well as relationship issues.


David Sylvester, MA, LCMHC

David Sylvester is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who joined CareNet in 2010. Prior to that he was a CareNet clinical resident from 1999 until 2002 and President of Counseling Solutions, Inc. in Wilmington, N.C. from 2002 until 2010. He earned his Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy and counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1999 and his Bachelor of Arts in social work and criminal justice from University of North Carolina at Winston-Salem in 1978. David has previous career experience as a crisis intervention specialist, outdoor adventure counseling trainer and school student services director. He is certified in Prepare/Enrich for premarital and marital enrichment and DISC personality profiles. His approach emphasizes the interconnectedness of spiritual, psychological and relational health. He works with couples, families and individuals (middle school age and older), with a variety of issues including: premarital, marital, parenting, intimacy, depression, anxiety, trauma, spirituality, sexual compulsions, ADHD, and school and workplace issues.



Elizabeth Brooks, MS, EdS, LCMHC, NCC

Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Before joining CareNet as a clinical resident in 2020, Elizabeth served as a mental health consultant for Head Start and an outpatient therapist with a private agency. She has since worked in a pediatric clinic, and is currently working in both integrative and outpatient capacities. Elizabeth received a Master of Science in Couple and Family Counseling and an Education Specialist dual degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Psychology from Guilford College. Elizabeth has additional training in Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Circle of Security modalities. Elizabeth provides existential-humanistic counseling to individuals, couples and families across the lifespan, utilizing multimodal strategies to help support people’s diverse needs of personal and relational growth. She believes in a holistic approach to care, and in the healing potential that is nurtured by a trusting therapeutic relationship, increased self-awareness and inner resourcing. Some of Elizabeth’s counseling experience and interests include working with single parents and blended families, people facing health crises and chronic health conditions, medical trauma, intimate partner and family violence, and concerns of life transitions, identity, grief and loss, addiction, and child and adolescent well-being.


Richard Horn, DMin, LMFT

Dr. Richard Horn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is certified by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors at the Fellow Level. He works with individuals, couples and families. An ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, Dr. Horn received his D.Min. in psychology and clinical studies from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Previously, he was director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of South Florida in Ft. Lauderdale and the Executive Director of the Samaritan Center of North Central Florida in Gainesville.


Carleton Irving, MA, LCMHC

Carleton Irving is a counselor with over 10 years of experience with parenting, teens, children and families. He enjoys helping others with spiritual matters, depression, anxiety, and identity concerns. Trained in CBT and Internal Family Systems, he has also completed a full residency in the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Carleton also works with individual adults, trauma, athletes, men’s issues and marriages. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College in 2000 and later gained a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University in 2010.



Adam Ridenhour, LCMHCA

Adam Ridenhour is a Clinical Resident with CareNet Counseling and the Staff Chaplain at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center. He is a minister affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Adam is a graduate of Catawba College (B.A.), Wake Forest University School of Divinity (M.Div.), and Wake Forest University Graduate School (M.A., Counseling). He holds active licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and is a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Adam has experience in working with adults of all ages in individual and group settings. His clinical areas of interest include grief and loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma and spirituality.


Locations (Winston-Salem Area)


403 South Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: 336-716-0855
Fax: 336-716-0822

Other locations in the area where clients are seen by appointment:

  • Wake Forest Lexington Medical Center
  • Wake Forest Baptist Clemmons Pediatrics
  • Wake Forest Downtown Health Plaza

Locations (Mount Airy Area)

Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling Center
To schedule a first appointment, please call 336.716.0855

131 W. Lebanon St.
Suite C&E
Mt. Airy, NC 27030
Phone: 336.786.1922
Fax: 336.786.1923

Locations (Kernersville Area)

Main Street United Methodist Church
To schedule a first appointment, please call 336.716.0855

306 South Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone: 336.716.0855
Fax: 336.716.0822

Locations (Davie County Area)

Davie Medical Center
To schedule a first appointment, please call 336.716.0855

329 NC Highway 801 North
Bermuda Run, NC 27006

New Client Forms

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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 Piedmont Triad 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 appropriate address below with your check made payable to CareNet Counseling:

CareNet Counseling Center

403 South Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Blue Ridge CareNet Counseling
P.O. Box 6525
Mount Airy, NC 27030

CareNet Counseling of Kernersville
306 S. Main Street
Kernersville, NC 27284

VOLUNTEER – An Invitation to Give Your Time & Talent

We always need volunteers to serve on our volunteer board of directors and committees. If you are interested in volunteering please contact, Center Director, Barbara Saulpaugh at bsaulpau@wakehealth.edu or 336-716-0854.

Our Administrative Staff

Brenda Thiel
Associate Administrative Coordinator

Edna Austin
Support Staff

LaToya Johnson
Billing Specialist

Kathleen Young
Billing Specialist

Our Boards

Winston-Salem Area Board

Melvin Scales – President
Michelle Shanks – Vice President
Scott Walker – Treasurer
Ellen Kesler – Secretary
Katherine Atala
Robert Baker
Tony Hartsoe
Genevra Kelly
Robert Leak III
Chip Mims
William Pryor
Daisy Rodriguez-Besse
Kris Ryan
Stan Scott
Michelle Smith

Mount Airy Area Board

Dr. Dawn Hawks – President
Heather Elliott – Secretary
Rev. Kennette Thomas – Treasurer
Abigail Linville
Rev. Santiago Reales
Jane Rountree

Kernersville Area Board

Pieter Van Iderstine – President
Diana Phillips – Vice President
Tina Crew – Treasurer
Susan Furmage – Secretary
Tammy Caudill
Carol Faltynski-Privette
Betsey Dagenhart
Terry Griffin
Rev. Phil Kuntz
Richard Phillips