Equinox RTC Welcomes Clinical Director Dr. Mike Feeney
Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for teen boys ages 14-18, is excited to welcome Clinical Director Dr. Mike Feeney.
Dr. Mike Feeney, PhD. is a Licensed Psychologist with a passion for working with young people and their families, especially those affected by challenging behaviors, adverse events, or trauma. He values the level of treatment residential services can provide, and a genuine appreciation of the trust families give when seeking support.
Mike earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from East Tennessee State University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, part of VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. He started working with young people in out-of-home placements ten years ago as a field guide in a wilderness program, learning the value of new experiences to support change. Since then, his clinical training and work spans acute, residential, and outpatient care, juvenile justice, and medical settings. He has provided clinical supervision and training, and administrative management of services, and has been fortunate enough to work alongside numerous specialists as a part of integrated treatment teams. He has a solid foundation in psychological testing, developing treatment plans, assessing risk factors, determining appropriate levels of care, and supporting school recommendations for young people. He has also conducted research examining how relationships influence self-identity in teens and young adults.
“We are thrilled to have Mike leading our clinical team,” says Executive Director John Moore. “We did an extensive search to find the best fit for Equinox and we believe we found that in Mike. His relational approach to trauma work with students to create meaningful change is exactly what we need in a Clinical Director. I look forward to working with him!”
Through a developmental lens and trauma-informed approach, Mike works to help young men create meaningful change and feel joy and acceptance in their relationships with others and themselves. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Therapy are a few of the evidence-based interventions he draws from. Mike works well with young men who get “stuck,” whether that be in a pattern of behavior, an unhelpful mindset, or with big emotions. He approaches clients with validation and curiosity, finding positive intentions, and always working to connect, then correct. With an emphasis on experiential and holistic programming, and evidence-based treatment, Mike supports the team at Equinox to ensure that each young man and family receives quality care.
In his personal time, Mike enjoys cooking for his wife and loved ones, running, mountain biking, learning to play the guitar, and looking for new fishing holes.
About Equinox RTC
Equinox RTC is a leading residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Relational Trauma, which includes grief, loss, and attachment. Trauma, Loss, and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for boys struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use and abuse, learning disabilities, and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole-person approach including adventure therapy, a health and fitness program, and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited school, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment.