All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
SUWS is excited to announce that Jenny Stulck, LPC, will be joining the Seasons team full-time. Jenny has been a seasonal therapist with SUWS for several years and brings a full backpack of experiences that make her a great addition to the team. Jenny started in the wilderness field in 2005 as a field guide. Around that same time, she also taught middle school Spanish and directed middle school plays. Jenny continued working in the field and decided to pursue a clinical license. Over the years, Jenny came to truly enjoy the insightfulness and playfulness of middle schoolers.
At SUWS, she takes full advantage of the Seasons students’ strengths by incorporating her knowledge of theatre, games, music and different cultures. Jenny describes her style as playful, but firm – often dancing that edge. Like any skilled wilderness therapist, she uses experiential activities to engage with clients in a way that doesn’t typically happen in an office setting. One of her favorite activities is incorporating a tea ceremony into her session with a student. Like the traditional Japanese ceremony, the emphasis is on carefully preparing and tasting the tea. There are steps to follow in the process, providing a perfect opportunity to fully engage with your senses as you drink the tea.
Jenny finds that when she’s engaging a student in a performance or ceremony, they are using focus, mindfulness, and feelings statements – often not realizing the therapeutic elements of the experience until they have an “aha moment.” For Jenny, it’s enjoyable to weave these creative approaches with traditional use of CBT, Choice Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to create a powerful treatment experience.
The remainder of the Seasons team includes Liz Lucarelli, primary therapist for Seasons and Colin Walsh, support specialist for the Seasons groups. Erica Thiessen, Clinical Director, supports the Seasons program by offering family therapy calls throughout their child’s stay. Together they harness their vast experiences to offer top-notch clinical services for kids age 10-13 and their families.
About SUWS of the Carolinas
SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest outside of Asheville, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence.