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A Treatment Team Focused On Your Child

More than 200 Years of Combined Clinical and Therapeutic Expertise 

Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center has held true to something very important—the team that serves your child and family. Intensive outpatient work is not just for anyone; it takes a special kind of commitment combined with finely tuned clinical skills. Because of this, we have assembled the very best mental health treatment staff for you and your child—a team that is the foundation of our unparalleled treatment program. Treatment teams are comprised of licensed therapists, master level therapeutic care specialists, wilderness therapy specialists, parent coaches, and a clinical administrator. Teams work collaboratively with your child’s psychiatrist and school support team.

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown
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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey
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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go.

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

Nathan, who has 20 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from start-up level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, healthcare and early childhood education. His experience has provided him immense perspective and leadership skills which allow him to refine operational capabilities and create high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new and creative ways to make the world a better place, and his passion for business and self-growth is a great addition to the Equinox family.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Financial Management from Boston University.  

Nathan, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, spent the majority of his youth camping and teaching at summer camps where he gained a passion for the outdoors.  He combines his love of wilderness and spending time outside, with his professional and personal experiences to advance the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center does for youth, young adults, their families and their communities.

Nathan has lived in Colorado since 2007 and enjoys all that it has to offer.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and four children, finding new craft brews, and training for triathlons.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?
Seeing families grow and overcome the obstacles in their relationships.  When you can see the relief in a parents eyes when their kid has been transformed, there is nothing like that.

What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being part of a team that changes the course of a family for the better.  
 
Advice for kids.
Be open with your parents and the other kids in the program. You are not alone.
 
Advice for parents.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust and the process, we have seen the success of many families, and they started were where you are now.  It is possible.
  
Personal Quote 
  Enjoy the moment, do not worry about the future or the past.  If you focus on what’s in front of you, the future will take care of itself.
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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

Jennifer has been with Equinox since it was founded in 2009.  She began working in a part-time capacity in accounts receivable and as the company grew, took on more and more responsibilities to include all of HR,  AR and AP.  Jennifer takes great pride in caring for our staff, and minding the “business of the business” so that our outstanding treatment teams can focus on providing excellent care to our families. She believes supporting the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center provides for youth, young adults, and their families is truly an honor.

Prior to coming to Equinox, Jennifer worked in brain injury rehabilitation and coached softball at the private, high school, and collegiate levels. Jennifer continues to coach part-time giving private pitching lessons to Denver area girls ages 9-22.  Her mission to build confidence is always at the heart of her work.

When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, working on projects around the house, playing guitar and singing, and relaxing in the Colorado mountains or anywhere there is a beach.


What do you love about working at Equinox? 
Walking into our milieu and seeing kids laughing, connecting, learning and changing. Knowing that most of our patients have struggled to find and keep friends makes Equinox's milieu such a desperately needed place for these kiddos.  
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?  
When I hear the stories of life changing success families experience at Equinox, when they have found no results anywhere else, I know I am where I need to be.  Knowing that I support our staff to do this important work is extremely fulfilling.
 
Advice for kids. I know entering treatment can be scary or anxiety provoking, please know you are not doing this alone.  You and your parents will have hard work to do and you have the best team of helpers to lead the way. 
 
Advice for parents. 
There is hope for your child and your family here at Equinox. Your treatment team is exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate.  They will guide, support, and yes, push you to make progress the likes of which you have not experienced before. 
 
Personal Quote- "You always pass failure on your way to success." - Micky Rooney
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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Kristy is the Clinical Director at Equinox and has been a valuable team member for over 5 years. Previously, she has held positions within Equinox including, Therapeutic Care Specialist, Clinician, Assistant Clinical Director, and Program Director. This experience gives Kristy unique perspective, exceptional knowledge, and clinical skill to lead our team working within the Equinox system of care. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and love of the outdoors, with a variety of experiences in community mental health and residential treatment. Kristy holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and also brings five years of experience with rock climbing, yoga, somatic experiences, and facilitation of experience-based therapy. 

Having experienced the power of rock climbing for her own personal growth, Kristy continues to seek opportunities to share this therapy with youth and families at Equinox. Kristy brings her passion of rock climbing into the Strong Confident Girls Group which focuses on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a local Denver indoor rock-climbing gym. Through this program, Kristy has seen rock climbing transform and guide teen girls in managing their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and working together with peers in the group to set and accomplish goals. 

Kristy and her husband can be found in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and camping in their pop-up camper on the weekends. Together they also enjoy kayaking in lakes and rivers in the summer seasons. Kristy is a work-out enthusiast and practices her own daily and weekly routines of exercise and yoga. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Fast paced & challenging work, getting off the couch and getting outside.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Client growth and the "ah" moments. Sustainable family change, team approach and always having support and ability to use one another.
 
Advice for kids?
Vulnerability will help you get to where you want to be. Trusting the people and process will give you more than you can imagine.
 
Advice for parents?
Sometimes it is just about listening and reflecting the experience of your child.
 
Personal quote:

"I've loved where I've been, but is my heart's where I'm going."- Anberlin

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Director of Admissions & Business Development

Eve Boyd

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Director of Admissions & Business Development

Eve Boyd

Eve’s variety of experience ranges from working for Tony Robbins in San Diego to managing marketing initiatives for Elements Massage and OrangeTheory Fitness. Eve is grateful and passionate about bringing awareness to Equinox’s family-level of care and healing to the community. She especially loves Equinox’s model of incorporating adventure, wilderness, and art and experiential therapy into programming. Experiential and art therapy played an integral part in her own personal healing process, and her main goal is to be a psychodrama therapist helping people through past traumas with expressive art therapy.

Having lost 150 pounds and maintaining her journey for more than 10 years, she has been featured in Shape magazine, Huffington Post, Huffpost Live, PETA, Mind Body Green and was on the show The Doctors. She has been published in three books including “Organized Obstacles: A Collection of Weight Loss Stories From Those Who Laughed In Impossible’s Face.” Her biggest passion revolves around mental health and the emotional resilience it takes to transform your life. Eve is currently finishing her undergrad at MSU Denver studying Psychology and Theatre. 

When Eve is not studying or reading a textbook, she loves to work out, sing, write, dress up in costumes, and paddleboard with her fiancé Chris. When they are not on the water, you can find them playing “Top Chef” in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or relaxing with their beloved dog, Chef. (Yes, he has his own Instagram page.)


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The fact that I work for a company that found a gap in the continuum of care and created the solution.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Supporting those towards mental wellness can truly change the world and we do that every day.
 
Advice for kids?
Remember that the journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.
 
Advice for parents?
This part of your journey doesn't have to be walked alone any longer.
 
Personal quote:

"All change is hard at first, messy in the middles, and gorgeous at the end."-Robin Sharma

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Program Director, MA

Martha Allen

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Program Director, MA

Martha Allen

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An East Coast native, Martha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Old Dominion University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. She has experience working in psychiatric in-patient hospitals, private practice, and summer programs for neurodiverse youth. 

As a mental health professional, Martha has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a background integrating art, music, and nature into a therapeutic setting. Martha deeply believes that every person deserves to know, tell, and understand their story, and believes that this can best happen in a holistic treatment environment like the one at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center. 

When not working, Martha, her husband, and their goldendoodle puppy enjoy all that Colorado has to offer by way of camping, hiking, playing tennis, and rock climbing. 

 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The variety of activities we do every day! Workouts, outside experientials, nature, etc.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Seeing clients succeed and learning new skills. Also, watching the clients form friendships in the program.
 
Advice for kids?
If you can fully open yourself up to the process. Your progress will be unstoppable.
 
Advice for parents?
Take some deep breaths, Equinox is here to help and support your family like no other!
 
Personal quote:

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."- Mary Oliver

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Experiential & Adventure Programming Coordinator, MA

Alexander Traugott

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Alexander Traugott

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Alexander brings a unique combination of outdoor adventure experiences and an education in Holistic Counseling Psychology.  His primary focus and passion are the healing and learning available—and inherent—in experiential wilderness immersions.  Alexander holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, combining all of the foundations of traditional psychology, with authentic transformative spiritual practice, mindfulness, Jungian depth psychology, indigenous wilderness vision-quests, trauma-focused psychotherapy, and somatic practices.  

Alexander’s attraction to Equinox’s overarching mission, is its underlying focus on experiential adventures in natural wilderness settings.  His primary avenues for wellness and healing is a culmination of over 25 years of skiing, eight years of traditional rock climbing, 20 years of mountain biking, and a lifetime of swimming, camping, and hiking in the natural settings including: New England, the Swiss Alps, the Sierra Nevada, and now in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  Alexander recently completed the American Mountain Guide Association’s Single Pitch Instructor Course in Colorado’s South Platte wilderness and continues to be an amateur student of fitness, physical therapy, and yogic practices.

Outside of wilderness adventures and his clinical work, Alexander can be found attending jazz, funk, and world music concerts with his fiancée, enjoying stand-up comedy, and practicing improvisational electric guitar at home with his two cats.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Mentorship, team culture, variety, adventure outings, client relationships, career development, mountain therapy.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being impactful with clients success and struggles, support of teammates and mentors.
 
Advice for kids?
This is your path, join us in helping you own and author your journey.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process, let go of the outcomes, set clear expectations, invite & encourage.
 
Personal quote:

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."- Joseph Campbell

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Human Resource Assistant

Alessandra Clarke

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Human Resource Assistant

Alessandra Clarke

Alessandra first visited Colorado in 2017 then later made the decision to permanently reside in Colorado after completing undergraduate studies in 2018. She holds a BS in Finance and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Colorado, Denver. Alessandra has several years of administrative experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, accounting, and property management.

In her free time, Alessandra primarily enjoys reading, creative writing and binge-watching historical dramas. Alessandra has a passion for travel and a loaded vision board of places to visit. She believes experiences gained from traveling are invaluable and enjoys a good solo travel trip when the opportunity arises. Alessandra grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and it will probably always be her favorite place to travel to.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I appreciate working in an environment where everyone holds a similar value system where holistic health and wellness are concerned.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The opportunity to leave a mark whether directly or indirectly on someone’s day.

Advice for kids:

Learning and growth are lifelong processes. Just keep trying to be a better you than you were the day before.

Advice for parents:

Foster an environment of open and honest communication. Listen to your children. Their future selves will thank you for the transparency.

Personal Quote:

“Be intentional. Live with purpose.”

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Therapeutic Care Specialist & Neurofeedback Technician

Isabelle Linkous

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Therapeutic Care Specialist & Neurofeedback Technician

Isabelle Linkous

Belle began her career in mental health as a recovery coach in an adolescent residential eating disorder facility. Working in a milieu environment learning the benefits of a multifaceted therapeutic environment. Most recently she has a behavioral therapist with children who have different developmental delays. Belle is excited to continue her journey in mental health as a neurofeedback technician and therapeutic care specialist at Equinox.

Belle was raised in Washington before moving to Oregon for school where she graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in sociology.

In her free time, she can be found watching the Portland Trailblazers play basketball, painting, playing board and card games, and listening to live music. Belle also enjoys spending time with her kitten and her bearded dragon.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

What I love most about working at Equinox is the sense of community and collaboration. It is an honor to be a part of a team that is so dedicated to helping our clients grow.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect is seeing the connections the clients make with each other. Watching them use these connections to engage more deeply with their peers and their therapeutic activities makes my work deeply meaningful.

Advice for kids?

Give things time and trust the process. We are all here to support you on your personal journeys.

Advice for parents?

Take a deep breath. You are doing what you can to support your child right now and that is enough.

Personal quote

When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.- Patrick Stump

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Marketing Manager

Alana Yeager

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Marketing Manager

Alana Yeager

With a background in tourism and hospitality, Alana brings years of diverse marketing experience to the Equinox team. Alana passionately stands behind our values and mission here at Equinox. With our focus on family-level healing, she finds our program's progress and achievable success incredibly encouraging and inspirational.

Alana received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Art History and History from the University of Colorado. With a deep passion for arts & culture, she is fascinated by holism in anthropology and the creative, expressive ways individuals work through external factors' impact on their lives and communities. Furthermore, as a seasoned Colorado resident of 25+ years, she's passionate about aligning herself with local institutions - like the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Dis­trict (SCFD) organizations, that actively seek to improve the lives of their communities, patrons, and team members.

 

Outside of work, Alana finds inspiration by spending time at any one of Denver's phenomenal cultural hubs - including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Museum of Nature and Science, or the Botanic Gardens, to name a few! When in need of recharging or a refreshed perspective, you'll find her out in nature, enjoying Colorado's extensive year-round offerings of outdoor adventure to be had. In addition to her deep love for nature and exploring our majestic mountains, Alana is an avid gardener with years spent cultivating both cutting (flower) and vegetable gardens.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

What I love most about working at Equinox is the shared passion and dedication of our talented EQ team members. This - paired with the truly unique, specialized Equinox program, creates a palpable feeling of optimism around our center.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect is seeing the sense of hope and community we provide for children and their families in need. Witnessing the powerful growth and improvement our families experience with Equinox after years of struggling and exhaustive efforts. 

Advice for kids?

Know that you are never alone.
Learn to celebrate your differences and never stop exploring what makes you happy!  

Personal quote

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

-    Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Bobby Williams

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Bobby Williams

Bobby comes to Equinox with several years of experience working with people in the human services industry. He has spent several years working with diverse populations whose difficulties range from behavioral struggles, mental health challenges, developmental disorders, and most recently traumatic brain injuries. No matter the setting, he meets these populations with empathy and compassion, and recognizes the importance of how genuine human interaction can positively affect the lives around him.

 

Bobby is from Illinois and attended the University of Iowa for his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a Minor in Human Relations. Currently, he is enrolled in Regis University as he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Counseling. Through his life experience and studies, Bobby firmly believes that the right kind of support can be what people need to experience meaningful change, and he intends to be that person.

 

In his free time, Bobby loves listening to music, drawing mandalas or other creative images, and watching Basketball. He played the drums when he was younger and incorporates drumming into his life still to this day. He has a cat named Mr. Big who means the world to him and is a lover of all animals. Getting outside for walks in nature rejuvenates him, and he does his best to balance work, school, and personal time.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I find it heartwarming to see people form stronger connections with themselves and others. Seeing positive growth in such a fun environment makes working at Equinox feel both meaningful and enjoyable.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The support of the team and the dedication everyone has to help make a positive impact on all the clients we work with. Experiencing these clients’ lives and making a change for the better is all I need to remind me I am working at the right place.

 

Advice for kids?

You do not have to be alone in the difficulties you go through, and you never are. Support is out there if you look for it.

 

Advice for parents?

Meet your child with empathy and understanding. Listen to them and recognize the power of language and how what is said may impact your child’s perception of themselves and others.

 

Personal quote

"You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success—none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here." -Ram Dass

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

De’ja Broyles

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

De’ja Broyles

De’ja has experience working with a variety of clients, from youth and adolescents with mild to severe behavioral, developmental, and mental health conditions to youth and collegiate athletes and performers working to achieve performance excellence and personal development. She believes that it is important to meet the clients where they are and guide them to where they want to be through equity-centered holistic interventions, programming, and treatment plans. De’ja has a passion to create spaces that are calm and supportive to encourage and facilitate the opportunity for growth and learning.

 

De’ja is an Arkansas native and graduated from Oklahoma State University with her BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Immediately after completing her BS, she moved to Denver and received her Master’s in Sport and Performance Psychology. Later she hopes to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology specializing in Black Youth depression and anxiety.

 

Outside of work, De’ja loves traveling with family and friends, watching collegiate and professional sports, and trying new restaurants around Colorado.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

 

Working collaboratively with all members of the Equinox treatment team, it offers diverse perspectives to produce individualized care for each client.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

 

Building a strong relationship with my client that they feel valued and psychologically safe.

Advice for kids?

 

Change and development has no finish line, you must learn to enjoy the process.

Advice for parents?

 

Be flexible, relentlessly taking in new understandings and experiences to help your child achieve their full potential.

 

Personal Quote

"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are." -Brene Brown

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Aidan Lindstrom

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Aidan Lindstrom

Aidan comes to Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center with a background of group management experience, specifically working with youth, corporate, and athletic groups through various teambuilding exercises, high and low ropes courses, and reflective debriefs.

 

As a Colorado native, Aidan is pursuing a BA in Music Technology from the University of Colorado Boulder and looks forward to bringing his musical knowledge into the milieu. He plans on attaining his master’s in counseling psychology.

 

Outside of work, Aidan loves to play and compose music at the piano, go on outdoor adventures with friends, and play basketball.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love the sense of community that has been built here. When you walk into EQ you can tell that staff are excited to be here and are passionate about the work we do.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Helping clients support each other and build friendships within the milieu and seeing them learn to manage their emotions in healthy ways.

 

Advice for kids?

Keep an open mind, and trust that we are here to support you in every way that we can.

 

 

Advice for parents?

Manage your expectations. Healthy, sustainable change takes time but will happen through consistent application of all there is to learn at Equinox.

 

Personal Quote

“It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”

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Houston Center Administrative Assistant

Baylee Foerster

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Houston Center Administrative Assistant

Baylee Foerster

Baylee comes to Equinox with a strong passion for the Mental Health Industry and the desire to help and serve others all while helping to change the lives of families.

 

Prior to Equinox, Baylee spent the last eight years working in the Healthcare field with a strong background in Nursing. She currently holds an Associates of Applied Science. Baylee comes with experience in diverse healthcare settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient surgery and the neuro intensive care unit. The last three years Baylee has transitioned into Healthcare Administration as an Administrative Assistant and found the best of both worlds, being able to help and support her team while still making an impact on patients’ lives.

 

As a native Houstonian, in her spare time Baylee loves exploring what Houston has to offer. You can find her where the water is, whether that be The Beach or the Pool. But most importantly, you can always find her spending quality time with family and friends.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being able to witness the growth and obstacles that families overcome together. I also love the multidisciplinary approach that we take here at Equinox in making a difference in the lives of our patients, while prioritizing family healing.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

I’m passionate about helping and serving others and being part of a team that gets to make a deep and heartfelt difference in the lives of our patients and their families is the most rewarding part of the journey.

 

Advice for kids?

Stay true to who you are and remember that you are always good enough. Sometimes life will knock you down and it will hurt, but what matters the most is how many times you get back up.

 

Advice for parents?

Sometimes it’s the growth throughout the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. Let go of the expectations, focus on the outcome and trust the process. We are here with you every step of the way.

 

Personal Quote

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”.

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Clinician, MA, LPCC

Kelly DiPietro

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Clinician, MA, LPCC

Kelly DiPietro

Kelly is a clinician with extensive experience in crisis intervention, wilderness therapy, and eating disorder care. She has years of experience working with clients across all ages mainly focusing on adolescents to early adults. She brings a calm and effective approach to navigating the complexities of therapy by utilizing the lens of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and experiential techniques. Kelly has worked in a multitude of treatment settings including partial hospitalization, residential, and traditional wilderness and has found Equinox to be a blend of the strengths of each modality.

 

Equipped with dual bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado, Kelly possesses a comprehensive understanding of human experiences and diverse cultural perspectives. Complementing this foundation, Kelly earned a Master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, reflecting a commitment to optimizing human potential and a nuanced approach to addressing challenges.

 

In her time away from the office Kelly finds joy in outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing and hiking. You can regularly find her at a local climbing gym or enjoying a yoga class. Kelly also enjoys balancing her adventurous spirit with the cozy ambiance of local game and book stores.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love that clients can immediately apply the tools and growth that they achieve at EQ into their family and community relationships when they go home in the evening.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect of my work is watching clients perspectives shift on what they are capable of and viewing themselves as deserving of support and care.

 

Advice for kids?

You are allowed to be gentle with yourself.

 

Advice for parents?

In much the same intuitive and optimistic way we approach other aspects of life, with parenting, you learn on the job, as you go. We are here to make the going a little less tough.

 

Personal Quote

“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing, we may only go in circles.” - Jon Kabat Zinn

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Chief Growth Officer, MA

Jill Hutcheson

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Chief Growth Officer, MA

Jill Hutcheson

Jill comes to Equinox with expansive and diverse experiences, most recently as the National Clinical Outreach Director at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. Jill’s role there included cultivating relationships nationwide and abroad with professionals in the behavioral health industry.

 

Other roles positions Jill has held include Regional Vice President for an international health and wellness company, running her own executive coaching business, assisting in creating two charter schools, designing and directing educational and counseling programs for youth, and being a high school teacher and guidance counselor. Additionally, Jill has authored two college-level manuals, "Bridging the Gap for Continued Success" and "Life Skills".

 

Through these various experiences, Jill has consistently exhibited her love for inspiring people and organizations to define and accomplish their goals. With unwavering alignment with Equinox’s mission and core values, Jill looks forward to sharing her ability to spot needs and gaps, innovate and strategically identify and creatively pursue new growth opportunities for Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center, while expanding on current strategies.

 

With a BA in Education, an MA in Counseling and as a certified executive coach, Jill has concentrated her personal and professional passions in the areas of leadership, coaching, counseling, education, and business development.

 

When not working on a creative endeavor, Jill spends her free time enjoying the beautiful landscape of Colorado via hiking, biking, and paddle boarding, as well as socializing with friends in Colorado and across the country.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Having the opportunity to collaboratively work with a group of highly dedicated, thoughtful, creative, caring, and forward-thinking professionals in offering a unique, necessary, and compassionate approach to family-level healing.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

As part of the team, knowing we are making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of the families we serve.

 

Advice for kids?

Be open to the process as that is where the magic of healing begins. Embrace struggle and see it as an opportunity to grow and remember mistakes are not failures, they are learning opportunities.

 

Advice for parents?

You are not alone on this journey. We will be right here with you, helping and supporting your growth every step of the way.

 

Personal Quote

Tell me, what will you do with this one wild and precious life?   -Mary Oliver

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Denver Center Administrator

Johnathon Norman

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Denver Center Administrator

Johnathon Norman

Johnathon, who has 30 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from Military level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail. His wide and vast experience has provided him immense leadership skills which allow him to develop operational capabilities and lead high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new ways to help his Associates and Clients grow, his positive attitude and passion to help others makes him a great addition to the Equinox family,

Johnathon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal justice from Upper Iowa University as well as Masters of “Public Administration and Policy from Ashford University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Education from Grand Canyon University.

Johnathon has lived in Colorado since 2013 and enjoys all that it has to offer, prior to retiring in Colorado he has previously spent time in the North Pac West, Washington State, California and Florida while serving in the United states Navy.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children, coaching sports and spending quality time together.


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Denver Center Clinical Director

Brooke Hecht

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Denver Center Clinical Director

Brooke Hecht

As the Clinical Director at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center-Denver, Brooke provides skilled oversight of the Clinical Department and works in close coordination with other center leadership members to ensure seamless integration of program and clinical services. She is committed to the operation, execution, and integration of the highest standards of clinical care and evidence-based practice at Equinox. She is dedicated to keeping families together and providing a treatment journey focused on family level healing and the outcomes parents expect and kids/young adults deserve.  

 

Prior to joining Equinox, Brooke worked in partnership with an education consultant to support parents with children in residential environments, including wilderness and therapeutic boarding schools.  In this role, she brought her expertise as a consultant in trauma informed care and as an expert in the treatment of borderline personality disorder.  Brooke has spent years as a Clinical Therapist and Assistant Clinical Director treating complex psychiatric and behavioral issues related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

 

Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Denver. She then received her Master of Social Work degree, with a focus in children, adolescent, and family work, also from the University of Denver. Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Colorado and West Virginia and has spent 25 years working with adolescents and their families both in private practice and in residential settings. She thrives in planning, creating and implementing both group and individual experiential modalities focused on generalization, integration, and sustainable outcomes.   Most importantly she understands the necessity to treat the entire family system and does so with the highest standards of clinical care and human compassion.  

 

When Brooke is not working, she enjoys traveling, anything interior design related, cooking and gardening. On the weekends Brooke can be found thrifting for treasures or at one of Denver’s local art house movie theatres.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love working with a team committed to keeping children in their home setting while providing the best imaginable clinical care.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Watching families heal and become themselves.

 

Advice for kids?

Be open and honest and let Equinox help you on your treatment journey to become the best version of yourself.

 

Advice for parents?

Breathe and focus.  Equinox will hold you and your family as you have never experienced before.  Things can and will get better.

 

Personal Quote

“Do not prepare the road for the child, prepare the child for the road.” - Unknown

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THERAPEUTIC CARE SPECIALIST

Alina Syed

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Alina Syed

Alina comes to Equinox with a background with youth leadership, working in the mental health field, and teaching children. She has a huge soft spot for people and loves creating spaces in which people feel that they are part of a community. Alina believes that showing people that there is just one person in the world who cares about them can be enough to positively transform their lives; she aims to be that person. 

 

Alina spent a majority of her childhood in Ohio and has lived in Houston for the past decade. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Houston with a minor in Business Administration. She is currently earning her master’s degree in social work, with the goal of becoming an LCSW. She aims to spend her time treating adolescents and young adults. 

 

Alina spends her free time crocheting, painting, binging shows, volunteering at her local masjid, and trying new restaurants in Houston. She also loves traveling to cold areas because she loves any place where she can play in the snow, ski, and drink hot chocolate. 


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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

Benjamin joins Equinox with 16 years of dedicated experience to the fields of youth development, family support, and education. He previously worked for Equinox as a Therapeutic Care Specialist which he credits for his philosophy and approach to working in the mental health field with youth. Benjamin's background in therapeutic recreation allows him to blend creativity, play, and purpose. Whether organizing outdoor activities or designing engaging programs, he thrives on promoting holistic well-being.

Benjamin obtained his bachelor’s degree in recreation professions from Metro State University of Denver and his master’s degree in human development and family sciences, from the University of Colorado Denver. Benjamin understands the intricacies of human behavior, growth, and learning. He firmly believes in education’s power to create positive change.

Beyond his professional life, Benjamin is an avid reader. Quality time with loved ones is cherished, and he stays active through outdoor adventures. His favorite travel destinations include the enchanting coastal towns of Portugal and the serene landscapes of Spain and Morocco.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

 I know I will love creating community and supporting families and youth grow through new experiences and healthy relationships. 
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being present for people and listening and learning from others. 
 
Advice for kids?
Try your best. Give love to yourself and to others daily. 
 
Advice for parents?
In spite of their difficulties, show your child that you love them unconditionally. Sometimes, a hug or just saying, "I'm here for you," can go a long way.  
 
Personal quote:

"One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things" - Charlie Mackesy (The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse)

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Francesca Ortega

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Francesca Ortega

Francesca joins Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center with a comprehensive background in behavioral therapy, educational consulting, and program management. Originally from Miami, FL, Francesca holds a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and is bilingual in Spanish and English.


With extensive experience as a Behavioral Technician at Autism Behavioral and Educational Consulting and The Joshua School, Francesca has supported clients, families, caregivers, and service providers to empower individuals in achieving optimal independence. Her expertise in applying behavior analysis principles has been instrumental in enhancing clients' quality of life within their homes and communities.


Francesca coordinates and expands tennis programs through ACEing Autism connecting Autistic individuals, overseeing diverse extracurricular activities, and enhancing program delivery. Francesca has led volunteer recruitment and training, and developed strong relationships with schools and community programs.


At Equinox, Francesca is dedicated to creating a therapeutic environment that promotes safety, inclusion, and a fun environment to learn and grow. Outside of work, Francesca enjoys rollerblading, skiing, hiking, exploring the mountains, and Latin music.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I value being part of a team that prioritizes creativity and personal growth. The collaborative team approach fosters growth and learning, ensuring that we can deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect of my work is seeing the growth and progress in our clients as they develop social skills, coping mechanisms, and achieve their treatment goals. Knowing that I've played a part in their journey towards a better quality of life is truly gratifying.

 

Advice for kids?

Embrace every challenge as an opportunity for growth. Believe in yourself, stay curious, and never hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

 

 

Advice for parents?

Communicate openly, support your child emotionally through the ups and downs, and be patient with the progress. Your involvement and encouragement are essential pillars for their journey towards healing and growth.

 

Personal Quote

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” B. F. Skinner

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Mary Marcantonio

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As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Eileen Scheibe

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As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

 

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Tim Burke

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Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


"Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go."

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

Nathan, who has 20 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from start-up level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, healthcare and early childhood education. His experience has provided him immense perspective and leadership skills which allow him to refine operational capabilities and create high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new and creative ways to make the world a better place, and his passion for business and self-growth is a great addition to the Equinox family.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Financial Management from Boston University.  

Nathan, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, spent the majority of his youth camping and teaching at summer camps where he gained a passion for the outdoors.  He combines his love of wilderness and spending time outside, with his professional and personal experiences to advance the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center does for youth, young adults, their families and their communities.

Nathan has lived in Colorado since 2007 and enjoys all that it has to offer.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and four children, finding new craft brews, and training for triathlons.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Seeing families grow and overcome the obstacles in their relationships.  When you can see the relief in a parents eyes when their kid has been transformed, there is nothing like that.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being part of a team that changes the course of a family for the better.  
 
Advice for kids.
Be open with your parents and the other kids in the program. You are not alone.
 
Advice for parents.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust and the process, we have seen the success of many families, and they started were where you are now.  It is possible.
  
Personal Quote 

  Enjoy the moment, do not worry about the future or the past.  If you focus on what’s in front of you, the future will take care of itself.

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

Jennifer has been with Equinox since it was founded in 2009.  She began working in a part-time capacity in accounts receivable and as the company grew, took on more and more responsibilities to include all of HR,  AR and AP.  Jennifer takes great pride in caring for our staff, and minding the “business of the business” so that our outstanding treatment teams can focus on providing excellent care to our families. She believes supporting the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center provides for youth, young adults, and their families is truly an honor.

Prior to coming to Equinox, Jennifer worked in brain injury rehabilitation and coached softball at the private, high school, and collegiate levels. Jennifer continues to coach part-time giving private pitching lessons to Denver area girls ages 9-22.  Her mission to build confidence is always at the heart of her work.

When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, working on projects around the house, playing guitar and singing, and relaxing in the Colorado mountains or anywhere there is a beach.


What do you love about working at Equinox? 

Walking into our milieu and seeing kids laughing, connecting, learning and changing. Knowing that most of our patients have struggled to find and keep friends makes Equinox's milieu such a desperately needed place for these kiddos.  

What is most fulfilling in your work?  
When I hear the stories of life changing success families experience at Equinox, when they have found no results anywhere else, I know I am where I need to be.  Knowing that I support our staff to do this important work is extremely fulfilling.
 
Advice for kids. I know entering treatment can be scary or anxiety provoking, please know you are not doing this alone.  You and your parents will have hard work to do and you have the best team of helpers to lead the way. 
 
Advice for parents. 
There is hope for your child and your family here at Equinox. Your treatment team is exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate.  They will guide, support, and yes, push you to make progress the likes of which you have not experienced before. 
 

Personal Quote- "You always pass failure on your way to success." - Micky Rooney

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Human Resource Assistant

Alessandra Clarke

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Human Resource Assistant

Alessandra Clarke

Alessandra first visited Colorado in 2017 then later made the decision to permanently reside in Colorado after completing undergraduate studies in 2018. She holds a BS in Finance and Economics from the University of the West Indies, Mona and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Colorado, Denver. Alessandra has several years of administrative experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, accounting, and property management.

In her free time, Alessandra primarily enjoys reading, creative writing and binge-watching historical dramas. Alessandra has a passion for travel and a loaded vision board of places to visit. She believes experiences gained from traveling are invaluable and enjoys a good solo travel trip when the opportunity arises. Alessandra grew up in Kingston, Jamaica and it will probably always be her favorite place to travel to.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I appreciate working in an environment where everyone holds a similar value system where holistic health and wellness are concerned.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The opportunity to leave a mark whether directly or indirectly on someone’s day.

Advice for kids:

Learning and growth are lifelong processes. Just keep trying to be a better you than you were the day before.

Advice for parents:

Foster an environment of open and honest communication. Listen to your children. Their future selves will thank you for the transparency.

Personal Quote:

“Be intentional. Live with purpose.”

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Houston Center Administrative Assistant

Baylee Foerster

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Houston Center Administrative Assistant

Baylee Foerster

Baylee comes to Equinox with a strong passion for the Mental Health Industry and the desire to help and serve others all while helping to change the lives of families.

 

Prior to Equinox, Baylee spent the last eight years working in the Healthcare field with a strong background in Nursing. She currently holds an Associates of Applied Science. Baylee comes with experience in diverse healthcare settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient surgery and the neuro intensive care unit. The last three years Baylee has transitioned into Healthcare Administration as an Administrative Assistant and found the best of both worlds, being able to help and support her team while still making an impact on patients’ lives.

 

As a native Houstonian, in her spare time Baylee loves exploring what Houston has to offer. You can find her where the water is, whether that be The Beach or the Pool. But most importantly, you can always find her spending quality time with family and friends.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being able to witness the growth and obstacles that families overcome together. I also love the multidisciplinary approach that we take here at Equinox in making a difference in the lives of our patients, while prioritizing family healing.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

I’m passionate about helping and serving others and being part of a team that gets to make a deep and heartfelt difference in the lives of our patients and their families is the most rewarding part of the journey.

 

Advice for kids?

Stay true to who you are and remember that you are always good enough. Sometimes life will knock you down and it will hurt, but what matters the most is how many times you get back up.

 

Advice for parents?

Sometimes it’s the growth throughout the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. Let go of the expectations, focus on the outcome and trust the process. We are here with you every step of the way.

 

Personal Quote

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”.

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Denver Center Administrator

John Norman

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Denver Center Administrator

John Norman

Johnathon, who has 30 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from Military level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail. His wide and vast experience has provided him immense leadership skills which allow him to develop operational capabilities and lead high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new ways to help his Associates and Clients grow, his positive attitude and passion to help others makes him a great addition to the Equinox family,

Johnathon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal justice from Upper Iowa University as well as Masters of “Public Administration and Policy from Ashford University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Education from Grand Canyon University.

Johnathon has lived in Colorado since 2013 and enjoys all that it has to offer, prior to retiring in Colorado he has previously spent time in the North Pac West, Washington State, California and Florida while serving in the United states Navy.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children, coaching sports and spending quality time together.


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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

Benjamin joins Equinox with 16 years of dedicated experience to the fields of youth development, family support, and education. He previously worked for Equinox as a Therapeutic Care Specialist which he credits for his philosophy and approach to working in the mental health field with youth. Benjamin's background in therapeutic recreation allows him to blend creativity, play, and purpose. Whether organizing outdoor activities or designing engaging programs, he thrives on promoting holistic well-being.

Benjamin obtained his bachelor’s degree in recreation professions from Metro State University of Denver and his master’s degree in human development and family sciences, from the University of Colorado Denver. Benjamin understands the intricacies of human behavior, growth, and learning. He firmly believes in education’s power to create positive change.

Beyond his professional life, Benjamin is an avid reader. Quality time with loved ones is cherished, and he stays active through outdoor adventures. His favorite travel destinations include the enchanting coastal towns of Portugal and the serene landscapes of Spain and Morocco.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

 I know I will love creating community and supporting families and youth grow through new experiences and healthy relationships. 
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being present for people and listening and learning from others. 
 
Advice for kids?
Try your best. Give love to yourself and to others daily. 
 
Advice for parents?
In spite of their difficulties, show your child that you love them unconditionally. Sometimes, a hug or just saying, "I'm here for you," can go a long way.  
 
Personal quote:

"One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things" - Charlie Mackesy (The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse)

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Director of Admissions & Business Development

Eve Boyd

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Eve Boyd

Eve’s variety of experience ranges from working for Tony Robbins in San Diego to managing marketing initiatives for Elements Massage and OrangeTheory Fitness. Eve is grateful and passionate about bringing awareness to Equinox’s family-level of care and healing to the community. She especially loves Equinox’s model of incorporating adventure, wilderness, and art and experiential therapy into programming. Experiential and art therapy played an integral part in her own personal healing process, and her main goal is to be a psychodrama therapist helping people through past traumas with expressive art therapy.

Having lost 150 pounds and maintaining her journey for more than 10 years, she has been featured in Shape magazine, Huffington Post, Huffpost Live, PETA, Mind Body Green and was on the show The Doctors. She has been published in three books including “Organized Obstacles: A Collection of Weight Loss Stories From Those Who Laughed In Impossible’s Face.” Her biggest passion revolves around mental health and the emotional resilience it takes to transform your life. Eve is currently finishing her undergrad at MSU Denver studying Psychology and Theatre. 

When Eve is not studying or reading a textbook, she loves to work out, sing, write, dress up in costumes, and paddleboard with her fiancé Chris. When they are not on the water, you can find them playing “Top Chef” in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or relaxing with their beloved dog, Chef. (Yes, he has his own Instagram page.)


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The fact that I work for a company that found a gap in the continuum of care and created the solution.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Supporting those towards mental wellness can truly change the world and we do that every day.
 
Advice for kids?
Remember that the journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.
 
Advice for parents?
This part of your journey doesn't have to be walked alone any longer.
 
Personal quote:

"All change is hard at first, messy in the middles, and gorgeous at the end."-Robin Sharma

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Mary Marcantonio

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As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments.


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

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Nathan Gabor

Nathan, who has 20 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from start-up level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, healthcare and early childhood education. His experience has provided him immense perspective and leadership skills which allow him to refine operational capabilities and create high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new and creative ways to make the world a better place, and his passion for business and self-growth is a great addition to the Equinox family.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Financial Management from Boston University.  

Nathan, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, spent the majority of his youth camping and teaching at summer camps where he gained a passion for the outdoors.  He combines his love of wilderness and spending time outside, with his professional and personal experiences to advance the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center does for youth, young adults, their families and their communities.

Nathan has lived in Colorado since 2007 and enjoys all that it has to offer.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and four children, finding new craft brews, and training for triathlons.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Seeing families grow and overcome the obstacles in their relationships.  When you can see the relief in a parents eyes when their kid has been transformed, there is nothing like that.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being part of a team that changes the course of a family for the better.  
 
Advice for kids.
Be open with your parents and the other kids in the program. You are not alone.
 
Advice for parents.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust and the process, we have seen the success of many families, and they started were where you are now.  It is possible.
  
Personal Quote 

 Enjoy the moment, do not worry about the future or the past.  If you focus on what’s in front of you, the future will take care of itself.

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Eileen Scheibe

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As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Tim Burke

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Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go.

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

Jennifer has been with Equinox since it was founded in 2009.  She began working in a part-time capacity in accounts receivable and as the company grew, took on more and more responsibilities to include all of HR,  AR and AP.  Jennifer takes great pride in caring for our staff, and minding the “business of the business” so that our outstanding treatment teams can focus on providing excellent care to our families. She believes supporting the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center provides for youth, young adults, and their families is truly an honor.

Prior to coming to Equinox, Jennifer worked in brain injury rehabilitation and coached softball at the private, high school, and collegiate levels. Jennifer continues to coach part-time giving private pitching lessons to Denver area girls ages 9-22.  Her mission to build confidence is always at the heart of her work.

When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, working on projects around the house, playing guitar and singing, and relaxing in the Colorado mountains or anywhere there is a beach.


What do you love about working at Equinox? 

Walking into our milieu and seeing kids laughing, connecting, learning and changing. Knowing that most of our patients have struggled to find and keep friends makes Equinox's milieu such a desperately needed place for these kiddos.  

What is most fulfilling in your work?  
When I hear the stories of life changing success families experience at Equinox, when they have found no results anywhere else, I know I am where I need to be.  Knowing that I support our staff to do this important work is extremely fulfilling.
 
Advice for kids. I know entering treatment can be scary or anxiety provoking, please know you are not doing this alone.  You and your parents will have hard work to do and you have the best team of helpers to lead the way. 
 
Advice for parents. 
There is hope for your child and your family here at Equinox. Your treatment team is exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate.  They will guide, support, and yes, push you to make progress the likes of which you have not experienced before. 
 

Personal Quote- "You always pass failure on your way to success." - Micky Rooney

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Kristy Barr

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Kristy is the Clinical Director at Equinox and has been a valuable team member for over 5 years. Previously, she has held positions within Equinox including, Therapeutic Care Specialist, Clinician, Assistant Clinical Director, and Program Director. This experience gives Kristy unique perspective, exceptional knowledge, and clinical skill to lead our team working within the Equinox system of care. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and love of the outdoors, with a variety of experiences in community mental health and residential treatment. Kristy holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and also brings five years of experience with rock climbing, yoga, somatic experiences, and facilitation of experience-based therapy. 

Having experienced the power of rock climbing for her own personal growth, Kristy continues to seek opportunities to share this therapy with youth and families at Equinox. Kristy brings her passion of rock climbing into the Strong Confident Girls Group which focuses on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a local Denver indoor rock-climbing gym. Through this program, Kristy has seen rock climbing transform and guide teen girls in managing their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and working together with peers in the group to set and accomplish goals. 

Kristy and her husband can be found in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and camping in their pop-up camper on the weekends. Together they also enjoy kayaking in lakes and rivers in the summer seasons. Kristy is a work-out enthusiast and practices her own daily and weekly routines of exercise and yoga. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Fast paced & challenging work, getting off the couch and getting outside.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Client growth and the "ah" moments. Sustainable family change, team approach and always having support and ability to use one another.
 
Advice for kids?
Vulnerability will help you get to where you want to be. Trusting the people and process will give you more than you can imagine.
 
Advice for parents?
Sometimes it is just about listening and reflecting the experience of your child.
 
Personal quote:

"I've loved where I've been, but is my heart's where I'm going."- Anberlin

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Admissions Director

Eve Boyd

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Admissions Director

Eve Boyd

Eve’s variety of experience ranges from working for Tony Robbins in San Diego to managing marketing initiatives for Elements Massage and OrangeTheory Fitness. Eve is grateful and passionate about bringing awareness to Equinox’s family-level of care and healing to the community. She especially loves Equinox’s model of incorporating adventure, wilderness, and art and experiential therapy into programming. Experiential and art therapy played an integral part in her own personal healing process, and her main goal is to be a psychodrama therapist helping people through past traumas with expressive art therapy.

Having lost 150 pounds and maintaining her journey for more than 10 years, she has been featured in Shape magazine, Huffington Post, Huffpost Live, PETA, Mind Body Green and was on the show The Doctors. She has been published in three books including “Organized Obstacles: A Collection of Weight Loss Stories From Those Who Laughed In Impossible’s Face.” Her biggest passion revolves around mental health and the emotional resilience it takes to transform your life. Eve is currently finishing her undergrad at MSU Denver studying Psychology and Theatre. 

When Eve is not studying or reading a textbook, she loves to work out, sing, write, dress up in costumes, and paddleboard with her fiancé Chris. When they are not on the water, you can find them playing “Top Chef” in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or relaxing with their beloved dog, Chef. (Yes, he has his own Instagram page.)


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The fact that I work for a company that found a gap in the continuum of care and created the solution.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Supporting those towards mental wellness can truly change the world and we do that every day.
 
Advice for kids?
Remember that the journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.
 
Advice for parents?
This part of your journey doesn't have to be walked alone any longer.
 
Personal quote:

"All change is hard at first, messy in the middles, and gorgeous at the end."-Robin Sharma

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Program Director, MA

Martha Allen

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Martha Allen

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An East Coast native, Martha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Old Dominion University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. She has experience working in psychiatric in-patient hospitals, private practice, and summer programs for neurodiverse youth. 

As a mental health professional, Martha has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a background integrating art, music, and nature into a therapeutic setting. Martha deeply believes that every person deserves to know, tell, and understand their story, and believes that this can best happen in a holistic treatment environment like the one at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center. 

When not working, Martha, her husband, and their goldendoodle puppy enjoy all that Colorado has to offer by way of camping, hiking, playing tennis, and rock climbing. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The variety of activities we do every day! Workouts, outside experientials, nature, etc.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Seeing clients succeed and learning new skills. Also, watching the clients form friendships in the program.
 
Advice for kids?
If you can fully open yourself up to the process. Your progress will be unstoppable.
 
Advice for parents?
Take some deep breaths, Equinox is here to help and support your family like no other!
 
Personal quote:

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."- Mary Oliver

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Marketing Manger

Alana Yeager

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Marketing Manger

Alana Yeager

With a background in tourism and hospitality, Alana brings years of diverse marketing experience to the Equinox team. Alana passionately stands behind our values and mission here at Equinox. With our focus on family-level healing, she finds our program's progress and achievable success incredibly encouraging and inspirational.
Alana received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Art History and History from the University of Colorado. With a deep passion for arts & culture, she is fascinated by holism in anthropology and the creative, expressive ways individuals work through external factors' impact on their lives and communities. Furthermore, as a seasoned Colorado resident of 25+ years, she's passionate about aligning herself with local institutions - like the Scientific and Cultural Facilities Dis­trict (SCFD) organizations, that actively seek to improve the lives of their communities, patrons, and team members.
 
Outside of work, Alana finds inspiration by spending time at any one of Denver's phenomenal cultural hubs - including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Museum of Nature and Science, or the Botanic Gardens, to name a few! When in need of recharging or a refreshed perspective, you'll find her out in nature, enjoying Colorado's extensive year-round offerings of outdoor adventure to be had. In addition to her deep love for nature and exploring our majestic mountains, Alana is an avid gardener with years spent cultivating both cutting (flower) and vegetable gardens.

What do you love about working at Equinox?

What I love most about working at Equinox is the shared passion and dedication of our talented EQ team members. This - paired with the truly unique, specialized Equinox program, creates a palpable feeling of optimism around our center.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect is seeing the sense of hope and community we provide for children and their families in need. Witnessing the powerful growth and improvement our families experience with Equinox after years of struggling and exhaustive efforts. 

 

Advice for kids?

Know that you are never alone.

Learn to celebrate your differences and never stop exploring what makes you happy! 

 

Personal quote

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

 

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Chief Growth Officer

Jill Hutcheson

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Chief Growth Officer

Jill Hutcheson

Jill comes to Equinox with expansive and diverse experiences, most recently as the National Clinical Outreach Director at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. Jill’s role there included cultivating relationships nationwide and abroad with professionals in the behavioral health industry.

 

Other roles Jill has held include, Regional Vice President for an international health and wellness company, running her own executive coaching business, assisting in creating two charter schools, designing and directing educational and counseling programs for youth, and being a high school teacher and guidance counselor. Additionally, Jill has authored two college-level manuals, Bridging the Gap for Continued Success and Life Skills.

 

Through these various experiences, Jill has consistently exhibited her love for inspiring people and organizations to define and accomplish their goals. With unwavering alignment with Equinox’s mission and core values, Jill looks forward to sharing her ability to spot needs and gaps, innovate and strategically identify and creatively pursue new growth opportunities for Equinox, while expanding on current strategies.

 

With a BA in Education, an MA in Counseling and as a certified executive coach, Jill has concentrated her personal and professional passions in the areas of leadership, coaching, counseling, education, and business development.

 

When not working on a creative endeavor, Jill spends her free time enjoying the beautiful landscape of Colorado via hiking, biking, and paddle boarding, as well as socializing with friends in Colorado and across the country.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

What I love most about working at Equinox is the shared passion and dedication of our talented EQ team members. This - paired with the truly unique, specialized Equinox program, creates a palpable feeling of optimism around our center.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect is seeing the sense of hope and community we provide for children and their families in need. Witnessing the powerful growth and improvement our families experience with Equinox after years of struggling and exhaustive efforts. 

 

Advice for kids?

Know that you are never alone.

Learn to celebrate your differences and never stop exploring what makes you happy! 

 

Personal quote

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

 

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Denver Center Administrator

John Norman

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Denver Center Administrator

John Norman

Johnathon, who has 30 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from Military level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail. His wide and vast experience has provided him immense leadership skills which allow him to develop operational capabilities and lead high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new ways to help his Associates and Clients grow, his positive attitude and passion to help others makes him a great addition to the Equinox family,

Johnathon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal justice from Upper Iowa University as well as Masters of “Public Administration and Policy from Ashford University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Education from Grand Canyon University.

Johnathon has lived in Colorado since 2013 and enjoys all that it has to offer, prior to retiring in Colorado he has previously spent time in the North Pac West, Washington State, California and Florida while serving in the United states Navy.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children, coaching sports and spending quality time together.


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Denver Center Clinical Director

Brooke Hecht

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Denver Center Clinical Director

Brooke Hecht

As the Clinical Director at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center-Denver, Brooke provides skilled oversight of the Clinical Department and works in close coordination with other center leadership members to ensure seamless integration of program and clinical services. She is committed to the operation, execution, and integration of the highest standards of clinical care and evidence-based practice at Equinox. She is dedicated to keeping families together and providing a treatment journey focused on family level healing and the outcomes parents expect and kids/young adults deserve.  

 

Prior to joining Equinox, Brooke worked in partnership with an education consultant to support parents with children in residential environments, including wilderness and therapeutic boarding schools.  In this role, she brought her expertise as a consultant in trauma informed care and as an expert in the treatment of borderline personality disorder.  Brooke has spent years as a Clinical Therapist and Assistant Clinical Director treating complex psychiatric and behavioral issues related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

 

Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Denver. She then received her Master of Social Work degree, with a focus in children, adolescent, and family work, also from the University of Denver. Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Colorado and West Virginia and has spent 25 years working with adolescents and their families both in private practice and in residential settings. She thrives in planning, creating and implementing both group and individual experiential modalities focused on generalization, integration, and sustainable outcomes.   Most importantly she understands the necessity to treat the entire family system and does so with the highest standards of clinical care and human compassion.  

 

When Brooke is not working, she enjoys traveling, anything interior design related, cooking and gardening. On the weekends Brooke can be found thrifting for treasures or at one of Denver’s local art house movie theatres.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love working with a team committed to keeping children in their home setting while providing the best imaginable clinical care.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Watching families heal and become themselves.

 

Advice for kids?

Be open and honest and let Equinox help you on your treatment journey to become the best version of yourself.

 

Advice for parents?

Breathe and focus.  Equinox will hold you and your family as you have never experienced before.  Things can and will get better.

 

Personal Quote

“Do not prepare the road for the child, prepare the child for the road.” - Unknown

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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

Benjamin joins Equinox with 16 years of dedicated experience to the fields of youth development, family support, and education. He previously worked for Equinox as a Therapeutic Care Specialist which he credits for his philosophy and approach to working in the mental health field with youth. Benjamin's background in therapeutic recreation allows him to blend creativity, play, and purpose. Whether organizing outdoor activities or designing engaging programs, he thrives on promoting holistic well-being.

Benjamin obtained his bachelor’s degree in recreation professions from Metro State University of Denver and his master’s degree in human development and family sciences, from the University of Colorado Denver. Benjamin understands the intricacies of human behavior, growth, and learning. He firmly believes in education’s power to create positive change.

Beyond his professional life, Benjamin is an avid reader. Quality time with loved ones is cherished, and he stays active through outdoor adventures. His favorite travel destinations include the enchanting coastal towns of Portugal and the serene landscapes of Spain and Morocco.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

 I know I will love creating community and supporting families and youth grow through new experiences and healthy relationships. 
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being present for people and listening and learning from others. 
 
Advice for kids?
Try your best. Give love to yourself and to others daily. 
 
Advice for parents?
In spite of their difficulties, show your child that you love them unconditionally. Sometimes, a hug or just saying, "I'm here for you," can go a long way.  
 
Personal quote:

"One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things" - Charlie Mackesy (The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse)

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Mary Marcantonio

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As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Eileen Scheibe

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As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Kristy Barr

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Kristy is the Program Director at Equinox and has been a valuable team member with the Equinox Team. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and love of the outdoors, with a variety of experiences in community mental health and residential treatment. Kristy holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and also brings five years of experience with rock climbing, yoga, somatic experiences, and facilitation of experience-based therapy. 

Having experienced the power of rock climbing for her own personal growth, Kristy continues to seek opportunities to share this therapy with youth and families at Equinox. Kristy brings her passion of rock climbing into the Strong Confident Girls Group which focuses on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a local Denver indoor rock-climbing gym. Through this program, Kristy has seen rock climbing transform and guide teen girls in managing their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and working together with peers in the group to set and accomplish goals. 

Kristy and her husband can be found in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and camping in their pop-up camper on the weekends. Together they also enjoy kayaking in lakes and rivers in the summer seasons. Kristy is a work-out enthusiast and practices her own daily and weekly routines of exercise and yoga. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Fast paced & challenging work, getting off the couch and getting outside.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Client growth and the "ah" moments. Sustainable family change, team approach and always having support and ability to use one another.
 
Advice for kids?
Vulnerability will help you get to where you want to be. Trusting the people and process will give you more than you can imagine.
 
Advice for parents?
Sometimes it is just about listening and reflecting the experience of your child.
 
Personal quote:

"I've loved where I've been, but is my heart's where I'm going."- Anberlin

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TCS/Neurofeedback Technician

Isabelle Linkous

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TCS/Neurofeedback Technician

Isabelle Linkous

Belle began her career in mental health as a recovery coach in an adolescent residential eating disorder facility. Working in a milieu environment learning the benefits of a multifaceted therapeutic environment. Most recently she has a behavioral therapist with children who have different developmental delays. Belle is excited to continue her journey in mental health as a neurofeedback technician and therapeutic care specialist at Equinox.

Belle was raised in Washington before moving to Oregon for school where she graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in sociology.

In her free time, she can be found watching the Portland Trailblazers play basketball, painting, playing board and card games, and listening to live music. Belle also enjoys spending time with her kitten and her bearded dragon.

Anna Belle has lived in several states and came to Denver in 2022. She holds a BA in English from Indiana University and a Master of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She enjoys mountain views and trail walks, yoga, and wildlife and nature photography. You can find her on the front range, scoping out spots to encounter and photograph the beautiful flora and fauna of the region.

In 2011, Kayla graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A in Psychology and a B.A. in Communication Studies, then immediately began working directly with adolescents in residential care. She received her Master of Social Work in 2016 at Texas State University. Prior to her move to Colorado, Kayla was licensed in Texas and is thrilled to be a part of a new community in a beautiful place.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

What I love most about working at Equinox is the sense of community and collaboration. It is an honor to be a part of a team that is so dedicated to helping our clients grow.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect is seeing the connections the clients make with each other. Watching them use these connections to engage more deeply with their peers and their therapeutic activities makes my work deeply meaningful.

Advice for kids?

Give things time and trust the process. We are all here to support you on your personal journeys.

Advice for parents?

Take a deep breath. You are doing what you can to support your child right now and that is enough.

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When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.- Patrick Stump

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Clinician, MA, LPCC

Kelly DiPietro

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Kelly DiPietro

Kelly is a clinician with extensive experience in crisis intervention, wilderness therapy, and eating disorder care. She has years of experience working with clients across all ages mainly focusing on adolescents to early adults. She brings a calm and effective approach to navigating the complexities of therapy by utilizing the lens of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and experiential techniques. Kelly has worked in a multitude of treatment settings including partial hospitalization, residential, and traditional wilderness and has found Equinox to be a blend of the strengths of each modality.

 

Equipped with dual bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado, Kelly possesses a comprehensive understanding of human experiences and diverse cultural perspectives. Complementing this foundation, Kelly earned a Master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, reflecting a commitment to optimizing human potential and a nuanced approach to addressing challenges.

 

In her time away from the office Kelly finds joy in outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing and hiking. You can regularly find her at a local climbing gym or enjoying a yoga class. Kelly also enjoys balancing her adventurous spirit with the cozy ambiance of local game and book stores.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love that clients can immediately apply the tools and growth that they achieve at EQ into their family and community relationships when they go home in the evening.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect of my work is watching clients perspectives shift on what they are capable of and viewing themselves as deserving of support and care.

 

Advice for kids?

You are allowed to be gentle with yourself.

 

Advice for parents?

In much the same intuitive and optimistic way we approach other aspects of life, with parenting, you learn on the job, as you go. We are here to make the going a little less tough.

 

Personal Quote

“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing, we may only go in circles.” - Jon Kabat Zinn

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Denver Center Clinical Director

Brooke Hecht

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Denver Center Clinical Director

Brooke Hecht

As the Clinical Director at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center-Denver, Brooke provides skilled oversight of the Clinical Department and works in close coordination with other center leadership members to ensure seamless integration of program and clinical services. She is committed to the operation, execution, and integration of the highest standards of clinical care and evidence-based practice at Equinox. She is dedicated to keeping families together and providing a treatment journey focused on family level healing and the outcomes parents expect and kids/young adults deserve.  

 

Prior to joining Equinox, Brooke worked in partnership with an education consultant to support parents with children in residential environments, including wilderness and therapeutic boarding schools.  In this role, she brought her expertise as a consultant in trauma informed care and as an expert in the treatment of borderline personality disorder.  Brooke has spent years as a Clinical Therapist and Assistant Clinical Director treating complex psychiatric and behavioral issues related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.

 

Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Denver. She then received her Master of Social Work degree, with a focus in children, adolescent, and family work, also from the University of Denver. Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Colorado and West Virginia and has spent 25 years working with adolescents and their families both in private practice and in residential settings. She thrives in planning, creating and implementing both group and individual experiential modalities focused on generalization, integration, and sustainable outcomes.   Most importantly she understands the necessity to treat the entire family system and does so with the highest standards of clinical care and human compassion.  

 

When Brooke is not working, she enjoys traveling, anything interior design related, cooking and gardening. On the weekends Brooke can be found thrifting for treasures or at one of Denver’s local art house movie theatres.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love working with a team committed to keeping children in their home setting while providing the best imaginable clinical care.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Watching families heal and become themselves.

 

Advice for kids?

Be open and honest and let Equinox help you on your treatment journey to become the best version of yourself.

 

Advice for parents?

Breathe and focus.  Equinox will hold you and your family as you have never experienced before.  Things can and will get better.

 

Personal Quote

“Do not prepare the road for the child, prepare the child for the road.” - Unknown

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Mary Marcantonio

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As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

 
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Eileen Scheibe

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Eileen Scheibe

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As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Tim Burke

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Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


"Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go."

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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

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Denver Center Program Manager

Benjamin Armas

Benjamin joins Equinox with 16 years of dedicated experience to the fields of youth development, family support, and education. He previously worked for Equinox as a Therapeutic Care Specialist which he credits for his philosophy and approach to working in the mental health field with youth. Benjamin's background in therapeutic recreation allows him to blend creativity, play, and purpose. Whether organizing outdoor activities or designing engaging programs, he thrives on promoting holistic well-being.

Benjamin obtained his bachelor’s degree in recreation professions from Metro State University of Denver and his master’s degree in human development and family sciences, from the University of Colorado Denver. Benjamin understands the intricacies of human behavior, growth, and learning. He firmly believes in education’s power to create positive change.

Beyond his professional life, Benjamin is an avid reader. Quality time with loved ones is cherished, and he stays active through outdoor adventures. His favorite travel destinations include the enchanting coastal towns of Portugal and the serene landscapes of Spain and Morocco.


What do you love about working at Equinox?
I know I will love creating community and supporting families and youth grow through new experiences and healthy relationships. 
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being present for people and listening and learning from others. 
 
Advice for kids?
Try your best. Give love to yourself and to others daily. 
 
Advice for parents?
In spite of their difficulties, show your child that you love them unconditionally. Sometimes, a hug or just saying, "I'm here for you," can go a long way.  
 
Personal quote:

"One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things" - Charlie Mackesy (The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse)

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Experiential & Adventure Programming Coordinator, MA

Alexander Traugott

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Alexander Traugott

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Alexander brings a unique combination of outdoor adventure experiences and an education in Holistic Counseling Psychology.  His primary focus and passion are the healing and learning available—and inherent—in experiential wilderness immersions.  Alexander holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, combining all of the foundations of traditional psychology, with authentic transformative spiritual practice, mindfulness, Jungian depth psychology, indigenous wilderness vision-quests, trauma-focused psychotherapy, and somatic practices.  

Alexander’s attraction to Equinox’s overarching mission, is its underlying focus on experiential adventures in natural wilderness settings.  His primary avenues for wellness and healing is a culmination of over 25 years of skiing, eight years of traditional rock climbing, 20 years of mountain biking, and a lifetime of swimming, camping, and hiking in the natural settings including: New England, the Swiss Alps, the Sierra Nevada, and now in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  Alexander recently completed the American Mountain Guide Association’s Single Pitch Instructor Course in Colorado’s South Platte wilderness and continues to be an amateur student of fitness, physical therapy, and yogic practices.

Outside of wilderness adventures and his clinical work, Alexander can be found attending jazz, funk, and world music concerts with his fiancée, enjoying stand-up comedy, and practicing improvisational electric guitar at home with his two cats.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Mentorship, team culture, variety, adventure outings, client relationships, career development, mountain therapy.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being impactful with clients success and struggles, support of teammates and mentors.
 
Advice for kids?
This is your path, join us in helping you own and author your journey.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process, let go of the outcomes, set clear expectations, invite & encourage.
 
Personal quote:

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."- Joseph Campbell

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Bobby Williams

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Bobby Williams

Bobby comes to Equinox with several years of experience working with people in the human services industry. He has spent several years working with diverse populations whose difficulties range from behavioral struggles, mental health challenges, developmental disorders, and most recently traumatic brain injuries. No matter the setting, he meets these populations with empathy and compassion, and recognizes the importance of how genuine human interaction can positively affect the lives around him.

 

Bobby is from Illinois and attended the University of Iowa for his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a Minor in Human Relations. Currently, he is enrolled in Regis University as he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Counseling. Through his life experience and studies, Bobby firmly believes that the right kind of support can be what people need to experience meaningful change, and he intends to be that person.

 

In his free time, Bobby loves listening to music, drawing mandalas or other creative images, and watching Basketball. He played the drums when he was younger and incorporates drumming into his life still to this day. He has a cat named Mr. Big who means the world to him and is a lover of all animals. Getting outside for walks in nature rejuvenates him, and he does his best to balance work, school, and personal time.

 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I find it heartwarming to see people form stronger connections with themselves and others. Seeing positive growth in such a fun environment makes working at Equinox feel both meaningful and enjoyable.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The support of the team and the dedication everyone has to help make a positive impact on all the clients we work with. Experiencing these clients’ lives and making a change for the better is all I need to remind me I am working at the right place.

 

Advice for kids?

You do not have to be alone in the difficulties you go through, and you never are. Support is out there if you look for it.

 

Advice for parents?

Meet your child with empathy and understanding. Listen to them and recognize the power of language and how what is said may impact your child’s perception of themselves and others.

 

Personal quote

"You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success—none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here." -Ram Dass

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

De’ja Broyles

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De’ja Broyles

Eve has acquired many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing behavioral and/or mental health challenges, with levels of care ranging from mild to severe; in educational, in-home, clinic, and community-based settings. Eve is passionate about advocating for clients to receive the right treatment to fit their complex individual needs. She believes in meeting people where they're at with empathy and acceptance while encouraging them to be the best version of themselves that they can be by meeting their goals on a personal and family-level.

Eve graduated from Eastern Washington University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is planning to obtain her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


In her free time, Eve enjoys taking her dog on hikes or to the park, yoga, getting crafty with different art projects, skiing, rollerblading, and spending quality time with loved ones. Exploring her new home here in Denver has been a blast and she looks forward to integrating more into the community.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

 

Working collaboratively with all members of the Equinox treatment team, it offers diverse perspectives to produce individualized care for each client.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

 

Building a strong relationship with my client that they feel valued and psychologically safe.

Advice for kids?

 

Change and development has no finish line, you must learn to enjoy the process.

Advice for parents?

 

Be flexible, relentlessly taking in new understandings and experiences to help your child achieve their full potential.

 

Personal Quote

"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are." -Brene Brown

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Aidan Lindstrom

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Aidan Lindstrom

Aidan comes to Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center with a background of group management experience, specifically working with youth, corporate, and athletic groups through various teambuilding exercises, high and low ropes courses, and reflective debriefs.

 

As a Colorado native, Aidan is pursuing a BA in Music Technology from the University of Colorado Boulder and looks forward to bringing his musical knowledge into the milieu. He plans on attaining his master’s in counseling psychology.

 

Outside of work, Aidan loves to play and compose music at the piano, go on outdoor adventures with friends, and play basketball.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love the sense of community that has been built here. When you walk into EQ you can tell that staff are excited to be here and are passionate about the work we do.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Helping clients support each other and build friendships within the milieu and seeing them learn to manage their emotions in healthy ways.

 

Advice for kids?

Keep an open mind, and trust that we are here to support you in every way that we can.

 

 

Advice for parents?

Manage your expectations. Healthy, sustainable change takes time but will happen through consistent application of all there is to learn at Equinox.

 

Personal Quote

“It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Alina Syed

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Alina Syed

Alina comes to Equinox with a background with youth leadership, working in the mental health field, and teaching children. She has a huge soft spot for people and loves creating spaces in which people feel that they are part of a community. Alina believes that showing people that there is just one person in the world who cares about them can be enough to positively transform their lives; she aims to be that person. 

 

Alina spent a majority of her childhood in Ohio and has lived in Houston for the past decade. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Houston with a minor in Business Administration. She is currently earning her master’s degree in social work, with the goal of becoming an LCSW. She aims to spend her time treating adolescents and young adults. 

 

Alina spends her free time crocheting, painting, binging shows, volunteering at her local masjid, and trying new restaurants in Houston. She also loves traveling to cold areas because she loves any place where she can play in the snow, ski, and drink hot chocolate. 


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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Francesca Ortega

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Therapeutic Care Specialist

Francesca Ortega

Francesca joins Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center with a comprehensive background in behavioral therapy, educational consulting, and program management. Originally from Miami, FL, Francesca holds a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and is bilingual in Spanish and English.


With extensive experience as a Behavioral Technician at Autism Behavioral and Educational Consulting and The Joshua School, Francesca has supported clients, families, caregivers, and service providers to empower individuals in achieving optimal independence. Her expertise in applying behavior analysis principles has been instrumental in enhancing clients' quality of life within their homes and communities.


Francesca coordinates and expands tennis programs through ACEing Autism connecting Autistic individuals, overseeing diverse extracurricular activities, and enhancing program delivery. Francesca has led volunteer recruitment and training, and developed strong relationships with schools and community programs.


At Equinox, Francesca is dedicated to creating a therapeutic environment that promotes safety, inclusion, and a fun environment to learn and grow. Outside of work, Francesca enjoys rollerblading, skiing, hiking, exploring the mountains, and Latin music.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I value being part of a team that prioritizes creativity and personal growth. The collaborative team approach fosters growth and learning, ensuring that we can deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?

The most fulfilling aspect of my work is seeing the growth and progress in our clients as they develop social skills, coping mechanisms, and achieve their treatment goals. Knowing that I've played a part in their journey towards a better quality of life is truly gratifying.

 

Advice for kids?

Embrace every challenge as an opportunity for growth. Believe in yourself, stay curious, and never hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

 

 

Advice for parents?

Communicate openly, support your child emotionally through the ups and downs, and be patient with the progress. Your involvement and encouragement are essential pillars for their journey towards healing and growth.

 

Personal Quote

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” B. F. Skinner

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