Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at SUWS of the Carolinas to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Meet Our Clinical Staff

We remain open and are continuing to accept new admissions.

SUWS of the Carolinas remains committed to providing clinically superior services within a safe and supportive environment while taking all appropriate precautions to protect the well-being of our students and staff.

For admissions information, or to learn more about the heightened preventive measures we have put in place, please click the link at the top of this page or call us at (828) 489-3198.

Josh Gorelick, MS, LCMHCA, LCAS-A, NCC

Primary Therapist for Bravo (adolescent boys)

Josh began working with adolescents when he started at SUWS as a field instructor in the spring of 2014. In his two-plus years working with SUWS students, Josh rose through the ranks to become a master field instructor, all the while developing a passion for the therapeutic benefits of wilderness therapy. Josh learned that through the power of nature, empowerment, and healthy communication skills, wilderness clients grew immensely and were able to make lasting changes to many of their maladaptive behaviors.

Josh became so passionate about working with this population that he decided to leave SUWS to pursue a master’s degree in clinical mental health and counseling from Western North Carolina University. During this time, Josh fostered another passion of his by working as a fly-fishing guide on the rivers of western North Carolina. Through this sport, Josh is able to find peace, tranquility, and mindfulness while fishing in some of the most beautiful aquatic ecosystems around. Josh believes that there are intrinsic therapeutic benefits to fly-fishing and wants to pass these on to the clients he works with. While in school, Josh also worked at a sober living and intensive outpatient facility for young men, as well as a substance abuse treatment program at a veteran’s hospital. In addition, Josh developed and ran a fatherhood group for disadvantaged young men in a residential job training program.

Currently, Josh is a therapist for the Bravo group at SUWS of the Carolinas, bringing his expertise in working with at-risk adolescent boys and their families with issues relating to anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and defiant behaviors. His clinical interests also include family systems, grief, masculinity issues, fatherhood issues, and developing healthy coping skills. Josh’s therapeutic approach involves empowerment, cognitive behavioral therapies, choice therapy, and existential therapy. He believes that through empowerment, hope, and relational communication skills, adolescent boys can foster growth and change to become healthy and well-adapted young men.

Josh lives in Asheville with his partner, Emily, and their Australian cattle dog, Jasper. He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and watching superhero movies.

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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.