Meet Our Clinical Staff

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.