Our Team

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Janie Taylor, Ph.D., LMFT

Regional Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor


Janie Taylor is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is a graduate of East Carolina University (PhD, Medical Family Therapy; MS, Marriage and Family Therapy) and Liberty University (MA, Counseling).

Grounded in systems theory, Ms. Taylor addresses issues from a relational systemic perspective through incorporation of a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach, often by means of an experiential “technique.” She works with all populations, but specializes in providing couple and family therapy, premarital counseling (trained in PREPARE/ENRICH), family of origin issues, as well as psychotherapy with families experiencing a medical illness, trauma, or disability; she also feels great passion for those involved in ministry and caregiving. She has worked extensively with youth and young adult groups in a variety of settings (churches, camps, residential group homes, university classrooms, and national presentations) and is skilled in collaborative work with larger systems.

Ms. Taylor has presented nationally on stress, family of origin issues, grief and loss, as well as innovative therapeutic techniques, and opportunities for therapists in medical education. She has done research in the areas of spirituality and parental coping with loss (of an adult child), as well as various aspects of spiritual care provision within medical settings. Her areas of interest include spirituality, wholeness and balance, forgiveness, cultural competence, stress and caregiving (especially among those in ministry). She strives to bring healing to that which is broken. She enjoys life, delights in laughter, and seeks to radiate joy wherever she is.


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Esther You-Kyung Metzger, M.Ed., D. Min., LPC, NCC, MAC, SAP

Licensed Professional Counselor

(Greenville & Rocky Mount)

A graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.Ed., 2004), Chicago Theological Seminary (D.Min., 1998), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1996), and Purdue University (B.A., 1993), and ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Esther is a licensed professional counselor and pastoral counselor. She completed her pastoral counseling residency at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, Georgia and served as a pediatric hospital chaplain at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Drawing upon an array of theoretical approaches (person-centered; existential; cognitive-behavioral), she enables individuals to address issues from a holistic perspective, incorporating physiological, spiritual, cultural, and family of origin issues. Offering counseling to adults, adolescents, couples, and families, she specializes in treating mood disorders, substance abuse issues, individuals struggling with identity, grief and loss, self-care, and women’s issues. During the past twelve years, Esther has also worked extensively with adults dealing with substance abuse, and is certified as a Master’s Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors, (NBCC).  She is also certified as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).  And, as a pastoral counselor, she seeks to integrate values and models of reality informed by faith into the growth and healing process.


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Ellen Walston, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Ellen Walston, MSW, ACSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker that provides counseling services to adults, children, individuals, couples, and families at CareNet East in Greenville. She specializes in grief, caregiver stress, end of life care, geriatrics, critical incident stress debriefing, coping with chronic illnesses, family stressors, stress management, substance abuse, and effective parenting. Ellen is a knowledgeable group facilitator and international presenter. She was an oncology social worker for the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center at Pitt County Memorial Hospital for 14 years. Ellen has been an active member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers and has served as Past-President of the North Carolina Oncology Social Work Group. She is currently the child safety coordinator for the Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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Meredith B. Southwell, LCSW

(Greenville & Rocky Mount)

Meredith Southwell, LCSW, holds a Masters of Social Work from the Joint Masters of Social Work Program at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington in 2009. She completed a three-year post graduate residency in spiritually integrated psychotherapy from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Meredith works with adults, emerging adults, adolescents, children, and families. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma and stressor related issues, grief, ADHD, stage of life transitions, and relationship issues. She has training and experience in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), a specialized therapy for the treatment of trauma related issues. In her practice, Meredith integrates relational, mindfulness (the “here and now”), expressive, cognitive-behavioral, and spiritually-integrated approaches. Meredith serves clients in our Greenville and Rocky Mount locations.

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R. David Morrow, M.Div/PC, LMFT, CCH, Ct.BH, CTCTS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

(Greenville & Kinston)

David is a Pastoral Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a graduate of Campbell University (1990) with a Bachelors of Arts in Religion, and Southern Seminary (1997) with a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling. His internships were at St. Matthews Pastoral Counseling Center (Louisville KY), and at Parkview Psychiatric Services (Jeffersonville IN). He was Ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 1997, and has served as Minister of Music and Worship Arts as well as Adult Ministries Pastor. David provides a total of twenty-three years of experience in the mental health field including twelve years working on inpatient psychiatric units, seven years working with children, teens, and their families in a group home setting, and five years of experience in private practice. Additionally, David is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (ICBCH). He also has a certification in bariatric hypnotherapy, which is hypnosis for weight loss, and is a certified tobacco cessation treatment specialist.

Offering counseling to individuals ages 6 and up, David asserts that the therapeutic process is one that hopefully includes collaborative effort by all involved parties. He works with an individual, couple, or family to set specific, measurable, and time sensitive goals so that progress can be clearly measured. David uses a cognitive behavioral therapy model that is strongly influenced by the structural family therapy process. He enjoys working with individuals who have difficulties with mood, anxiety, adjustment to life changes, partner relational problems, parent-child relational problems, and spiritual issues. To relax, David enjoys playing music, playing golf, and spending time with his family.


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Louise Hudak, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Louise Hudak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She trained in the behavioral health unit at Vidant Medical Center – Beaufort County as well as the Lenoir County Migrant Education Program.  Louise has worked with youth and their families through intensive in-home therapy and multi-systemic therapy. Her most recent experience includes more than two years providing hospice support to patients and their families facing terminal illnesses. Her eclectic style incorporates relational and narrative theories, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, to work towards healing through positive change with the individual and the larger context of social environment. She provides counseling related to aging, end-of-life issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, marriage and family, trauma and life adjustments. Louise also provides consultation and assessment to older adults and their families on long-term care planning, community resources and coordination. Louise attained her BS and MSW from East Carolina University.  She is active in the National Association of Social Workers and the End-of-Life Care Coalition in Greenville.


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Anita Harrison, BSN, RN, LMFTA

Clinical Resident


Anita graduated from East Carolina University in 1983 with a BSN and worked for 31 years as an RN at Vidant Medical Center.  She retired in December, 2015 and graduate from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at East Carolina University in May 2016.  She is currently a resident in the spiritually integrated psychotherapy program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and works with clients at CareNet Counseling East.  Her work as an inpatient pediatric nurse and later as a nurse case manager with the Medicaid population created an interest in the systemic nature of families.  She views individuals and families through a bio-psychosocial spiritual lens.  She attempts to incorporate all areas of a person’s being into the therapeutic process.  She works with individuals, couples, and families.  


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Yarima Chukwu, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Yarima is a bilingual (Spanish & English) and a bicultural Family Therapist.  She graduated from East Carolina University with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a practicing clinician since 2008.

 Yarima strives to be an instrument of hope and healing. She highly values, believes, and promotes the strengths of each individual and admires their ability to use their internal and external resources to change, grow, create, hope, and heal. In her work she incorporates strength-based, emotional attachment, CBT, and biopsychosocial-spiritual approaches. She has experience and enjoys working with individuals, couples, children, and families of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, and belief systems.

 Her clinical experience include helping in areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, self-harm, stress management, self-care, spirituality, healthy weight loss/living. She has additional experience in areas of chronic-pain, end of life issues, caregiver and leadership stress, grief/loss (including miscarriages and still births), divorce, and blended families.

 Yarima’s areas of special interest:

1-Hispanic community: Helping with various challenges such as; cultural transitions, self-identity, cultural gaps, intergenerational and bicultural challenges, issues of discrimination, isolation, depression, anxiety, domestic and substance abuse, limited resources, language barriers, economic hardships, separation from family, spirituality, and the painful effects of deportation on the family system.

 2-Women’s wellbeing: Promoting healthy relationships with self and others by enhancing self-esteem, acceptance, love, and compassion. Also, assisting in healing of sexual wounds, beliefs, fears, habits, or addictions that may stem from a history of sexual and emotional abuse experienced earlier in life.

Yarima es una Terapeuta Familiar bilingüe y bicultural. Ella se graduó de la Universidad de Carolina del Este con su Maestría en Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar y ha estado practicando desde el 2008.

 Yarima se esfuerza para ser un instrumento de esperanza y restauración. Ella valora, cree, y promueve la fortaleza de cada persona y admira su habilidad de usar sus recursos internos y externos para cambiar, crecer, crear, creer, y sanar. En su trabajo ella incorpora varias estrategias de terapia como el uso de la fuerza interior, apego emocional, CBT (Terapia Cognitiva Conductual), y el modelo bio-psicosocial y espiritual. Ella tiene experiencia y disfruta trabajar con individuos, parejas, niños, y familias de todas las edades, culturas, estados económicos y creencias.

 Su experiencia clínica incluye áreas de depresión, ansiedad trauma, baja autoestima, auto-lastimar, manejo del estrés, cuidado a sí mismo, espiritualidad, y saludable pérdida de peso/vida saludable. También tiene experiencia en áreas de dolor crónico, cuidados de fin de vida, estrés de cuidadores y líderes, duelo/pérdida (incluyendo aborto natural y muerte fetal), divorcio, y familias políticas.

 Áreas de interés especial:

 1-Comunidad Hispana: Ayuda de varios retos y dificultades como las transiciones culturales, conflictos de identidad, diferencias culturales, dificultades intergeneracionales y biculturales, discriminación, aislamiento, depresión, ansiedad, abuso domestico, abuso de sustancias, recursos limitados, barrera idiomática, dificultades económicas, espiritualidad, separación familiar, y los efectos dolorosos al sistema familiar por hechos de deportación.

 2-Bienestar de la mujer: Promoviendo relaciones saludables con sí misma y con otros por medio de autoestima saludable, amor, compasión, y aceptación propia. También asistiendo a sanar heridas sexuales, creencias, miedos, hábitos o adicciones que pueden provenir de una historia de abuso sexual y emocional.

Steve Cherry, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor


Steve is licensed in Professional Counseling and is a graduate of Liberty University (MA, 2013) where he studied after completing his undergraduate studies in Psychology at East Carolina University (BA, 1985).  He comes into practice with a broad background in human services, management, and ministry.  He has been involved in both behavioral health and servant ministry for over 30 years prior to coming to CareNet Counseling East.  Throughout his personal and professional career, Steve has developed a patient demeanor in interacting with others and believes that counseling should be conveyed in that same manner.  His clinical journey has afforded him valuable experiences in counseling individuals facing a variety of behavioral, emotional, and substance-use issues.  While he has a genuine concern to support others through some of life’s basic and everyday challenges, particular areas of interest are helping with stress management, pre-marital, marital, anxiety, depression, and men’s issues.

Steve is committed to values that begin with a healthy sense of self and a commitment to faith and family.  He believes that changed lives, longings, and discoveries come within the context of a trusting and supportive working relationship.  As such, his counseling approach is based upon Re-decision Theory, Solution-Focused Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a biblical worldview.  Steve’s conviction is that life is meant to be more than just nominal; rather, it should be seen as unique and special, and lived by such design.

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Adrianne Hardy

Office Manager