Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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.

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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.

Liz Lucarelli, LCMHC, NCC, NMS

Primary Therapist for Seasons (students ages 10-14)

Liz’s goals as a therapist are to help her clients discover that they have the internal resources, power, and capability to manage life hardships and challenges. This in turn builds a sense of competency, resiliency, and empowerment. Liz assists her young clients in developing personal and relational awareness, responsibility, and emotional regulation. Liz enjoys working with pre-teens who struggle with peer and family relationships, anxiety, depression, oppositional behaviors, emotional regulation, ADHD, negligent self-care, and students who have experienced a developmental trauma such a death of a parent/loved one, divorce, adoption, birth of a sibling, and/or neglect.

Liz has extensive experience working with preteens and adolescents in their families in wilderness and residential settings. Her journey began as a Senior Field Instructor at Second Nature, Blue Ridge in 2005. After leaving Second Nature to further her education and experience, she set a personal goal to work specifically with pre-teens and served as a primary therapist at Lake House Academy and Greenbrier Academy. She has also led international adventure travel trips and worked as both a program director and lead instructor for an all-girls wilderness leadership program. Prior to joining the SUWS team, Liz was a primary therapist at Footsteps at Second Nature, Blue Ridge.  Liz earned her Master’s degree from Western Carolina University in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College. Liz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She is certified in Brainspotting, NLP, and is a Wilderness First Responder. She is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist through the Association of Play Therapy.

Liz is capable of building strong relationships with students and families. This is due to her honest, yet compassionate, kind, and easygoing nature. Liz also possesses a wonderful sense of humor, an adventurous spirit, and a true love for being in the wilderness. Liz utilizes a variety of experiential and play based treatment modalities such as games, initiatives, artwork, and sand tray to create a richer and more in-depth therapeutic process. Liz understands that a play-based approach is crucial because pre-adolescents lack the insight, self-control, and verbal capabilities to express and manage what is troubling them. A strong relational and experiential foundation has allowed Liz to build a clinical approach that emphasizes the client-counselor relationship, which creates a safe space for healing and personal transformation.

The most poignant Life experience for Liz has been her 17+ year involvement with a traditional all girls’ summer camp located in central New Hampshire. It was there, Liz learned first-hand the value and necessity of strong role models, community support and adversity  within a young child’s life. She also experienced the power of the wilderness as she participated in numerous canoeing and backpacking adventures in the northern woods of Maine and New Hampshire.

Liz is passionate about challenging herself both mentally and physically, especially when it comes to long distance trail running. She will complete her third 100 mile trail race in the spring of 2017. When Liz is not playing outside, she can be found baking a variety of sweet treats, reading, teaching water fitness at the local YMCA, learning how to ride a unicycle, traveling, or planning her next adventure with her husband. She is a native of New England but currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.

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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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