Mary Marcantonio, Founder
As the founder of Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center, Mary believes in defining success—who and what you want to be in this world—and then going after it with all your heart. In her case, she set her sights on creating therapeutic solutions in an innovative, comprehensive and compassionate way for youth and families experiencing complex challenges. Mary has dedicated her work with Equinox to developing a therapeutic learning environment in which youth and families no longer have to move from one treatment setting to the next in order to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary assembled what would soon become the Equinox leadership and treatment teams. These professionals have come together to challenge the status quo and re-invent how community counseling is delivered to Colorado families.
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 28 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families with special or unique needs. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (specifically Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism) and troubled teens who are experiencing significant difficulty across a broad spectrum. Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment programs as well as wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented similar intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. With engaging venues for treatment interventions, youth are taught skills that are generalized from environment to environment, relationship to relationship, and, very importantly, are sustainable over the long haul.
Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include: sexual safety for children; developing competent, confident children; how to raise responsible teens; and rewards and consequences and the dangers of using these 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.
Eileen Courtney Scheibe, MA, LMFT
As managing partner and clinical administrator, Eileen is committed to providing the highest standards in clinical care while operating from an evidence- and strength-based treatment framework. She believes that each person and family has their own story to tell, and individual strengths and unique challenges, and deserves a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. Eileen helps clients generalize the learning from therapy and community-based activities into their day-to-day relationships, home environment, and community experiences. The unique Equinox approach stands true in each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision—Evidence-based, Innovative, Nurturing, and Individualized.
Eileen received her bachelor’s degree in child development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and her master’s degree in clinical psychology, with a 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 24 years. In addition to providing excellent leadership with ongoing training and supervision to our team, she continues to provide direct clinical care—and will always find this part of her profession extremely rewarding and valuable.
Tim Burke, BA
Director of Wilderness and Adventure Programs
Tim is a managing partner and our director of Wilderness and Adventure Therapeutic Interventions. With 18 years experience leading action-learning experiences for individuals, families, at-risk youth, corporate groups and teams of all kinds, his greatest skill is helping clients transfer their learning from the wilderness to relevant areas of their lives.
Tim holds a bachelor of arts in social sciences from Niagara University as well as the following certifications: American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Climbing Instructor; Professional Climbing Guides Institute–Certified Climbing Guide; Professional Climbing Instructors Association–Certified Instructor; Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II; American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Level I; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder. Tim has designed and run both community-based and wilderness action learning programs, and maintains a perfect safety record. Physical and emotional safety is paramount with Tim, and client choice is at the foundation of every experience with his team. As an adventurer, he knows the inherent value of being in nature and the importance of a clinically founded and thoughtfully guided experience to safely help clients develop new insights and practical tools for healthy living.