Meet Our Clinical Staff

Erica Thiessen, LCMHC, NCC

Clinical Director

Erica comes to SUWS Carolinas with a wealth of experience working with families in therapeutic settings and believes that nature, community, and play are powerful players in the process of growth and healing.  A native of Northern California, she credits her competitive swimming career, experiences as a Rotary Exchange student, and time in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps to being equally foundational to her clinical development as her academic path.

Erica earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Washington, and spent several years working on the front lines of homelessness and domestic violence in Philadelphia and Seattle. Erica continued her education at Antioch New England University, earning a MA in Counseling with a focus in mindfulness, body oriented, and trauma informed approaches.

Erica’s experiences working in a therapeutic boarding school opened her to the power of milieu therapy, where the power of community, nature, and holistic approaches blended with clinical strength and curiosity.  While she has worked in community mental health as well as more traditional academic environments, Erica finds herself most at home working in the wilderness and therapeutic milieu, and especially with the latency and middle school aged population.

Erica has earned a license as a professional counselor in the states of California and North Carolina. Her therapeutic specialties are grounded in a blend of somatic, cognitive behavioral, and relational approaches, specifically with CBT, Trauma Informed, ACT, and Sensorimotor Psychology modalities.

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The wilderness therapy offered at SUWS was the dynamic solution needed to help my son with his behavioral issues. When my son left SUWS, he was completely changed for the better and also created new bonds and unforgettable memories! I can't recommend SUWS enough for anyone in a similar situation!

– Britney A.