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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 Gunalda

Admissions Director

Josh Gunalda received a BS in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies from Montreat College. He is very passionate about teaching and facilitating experiential activities with a wide range of audiences. He began his career working with a wilderness program serving adjudicated youth. He then went on to facilitate backcountry expeditions with fathers and sons who wanted a meaningful, bonding experience, and he has instructed leadership courses with high school graduates in preparation for college enrollment.

In 2003, Josh joined SUWS of the Carolinas, where he spent the next several years as a field instructor working with students and families. He was recognized by Aspen Educational Group and brought in to help build and launch a young adult wilderness treatment program in North Carolina. While serving as the Base Director for the newly formed Four Circles Recovery Center, Josh had the great privilege of presenting on wilderness treatment at a number of professional conferences around the country.

Josh enjoys working with families and is eager to educate and work hard for parents and loved ones so they receive all of the support they need during their challenging experience.

Josh resides in Asheville and is the proud father of two active young boys.

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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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