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Erica Thiessen-House, LCMHC, NCC

Clinical Director

Erica comes to SUWS with a wealth of experience in working with families in therapeutic settings. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Washington. The natural beauty surrounding her school afforded her opportunities to experience the healing power of nature as she set her sights on becoming a licensed professional counselor. Erica continued her education at Antioch New England University, earning a MA in Counseling. Her work experience has included community based counseling in public schools, lead peer group counselor, wilderness counselor, and clinical director. Erica has also earned a license as a professional counselor in the states of California, Georgia, and North Carolina. Her therapeutic specialties are in anxiety, grief, depression, change and transition, identity development, learning difficulties, trauma recovery, issues of adoption, and family systems.

Erica is thrilled to be a part of the clinical team at SUWS, and enjoys the idyllic natural beauty of the Pisgah National Forest to continue her life’s work. When she’s not at work you may find Erica hiking with her husband, Tyler, and therapy dog, Sierra.

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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.
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • Cognia
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Forest Service Department of Agriculture
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • Safe Zone
  • Sky's The Limit Fund
  • The Jason Foundation

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