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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.

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Qionna Tinney, MD


Dr. Tinney is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a specialized fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Tinney has expertise and conducts research in Autism, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. She has advanced training in the management of children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Dr. Tinney is actively engaged in the Triangle Community as a Medical Director in addition to being Adjunct faculty in the UNC Department of Psychiatry. Her mission is to provide evidence-based culturally competent care while improving awareness of mental health in the community. Her treatment approach uses a variety of interventions in medication and stress management, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dynamic therapy, individual psychotherapy, play psychotherapy, family therapy, cognitive testing, and psycho education.

Dr. Tinney is a ‘medication minimalist’ which means that she only provides medications when absolutely necessary, while supporting evidence-based alternative interventions. She believes in providing total person care. She supports and encourages close collaboration with Primary Care and therapy providers; creating a comprehensive treatment approach highlighting the multiple facets of an individual’s emotional, spiritual, and educational needs.

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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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