This month, two skilled clinicans join the clinical team to assist SUWS of the Carolinas to further the mission of providing safe, and clinically driven, wilderness therapy programming to the clients and their families.

Melissa Villodas, LPC joins the SUWS team as the Primary Field Supervisor for the adolescent female group. Her group is called group Luna. Luna serves young girls ages 14-17 years of age.

Melissa’s client base may be experiencing issues associated with attachment, trauma, conflicted family relationships, body image, identity, self-harm and relational struggles. Melissa’s experience supporting families and adolescents struggling with a variety of symptoms related to attachment and trauma make her an excellent fit.

Melissa has specialized training in Family Centered Treatment, EMDR and Trauma focused CBT. Melissa uses a family systems approach to support families and girls to create healthy connections. She believes in the power of experiential, “in the moment” intervention which creates self-awareness and understanding through mindfulness and peer connection. She is passionate about empowering young women to discover their inner beauty and reach greatness.




Erica Thiessen House, LPC, becomes a member of the SUWS clinical team the 13th of June. Erica completed her Master’s Degree at Antioch New England University.

She is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina, Georgia and California. Erica will be in the coed Seasons group, ages 10-14. Erica has expansive experience in various roles as a clinical director, community based clinician in public schools and both lead peer group counselor and wilderness therapy counselor.

Erica’s therapeutic specialties are in anxiety, grief, depression, change and transition, identity development, learning difficulties, trauma recovery, issues of adoption, and family systems. Erica also enjoys visiting her group with her therapy dog, Sierra.






About SUWS of the Carolinas

SUWS of the Carolinas is our primary treatment program and is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who are having difficulties with mental illness and substance abuse concerns. SUWS of the Carolinas is a leading wilderness program that puts its entire focus on treating the many issues that children and teens between the ages of 10-17 might be going through, ranging from behavioral issues to substance abuse problems. We understand that sometimes, extra measures need to be taken to help children and teens, which is why we have developed a therapy program geared towards encouraging consistent and effective care for these young individuals. For questions, please contact Director of Business Development Kelly Dunbar: