Trails Carolina Staff Bio

Shalene Pierce

Clinical Team


Shalene Pierce, MSW, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Shalene received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from The University of Texas, Austin. She is trained in EMDR and specializes in Wilderness Therapy and working with Survivors of Trauma.

Trauma | Adoption | Anger Management | Oppositional Defiance | Identity Issues| Depression | Anxiety | PTSD| Emotional Dysregulation | Substance Misuse

Shalene grew up in Texas and has lent her experience and expertise over the last fifteen years to starting up multiple wilderness therapeutic programs for struggling youth. Shalene has also worked and trained at a rape crisis center and functioned as a clinical director in the wilderness. She believes in the power and opportunity for change that wilderness provides to both the girls in her group and their families. When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs—Biscuit and Porter.


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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022


Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022


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