All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
Equinox RTC is excited to announce the addition of Todd Merrill, B.A. Outdoor Education and Psychology, to the Equinox family. Todd is a seasoned program professional who brings with him over 15 years of experience working with adolescents, building programs and leading adventure experiences. He joined the Equinox team on February 20th.
Todd's journey into the profession of therapeutic work began in 2000 upon graduating from Appalachian State University. At ASU, Todd completed studies in Outdoor Experiential Education and Psychology, and has been learning and growing within the industry ever since. Todd has worked in some of the most dramatic landscapes across the country leading excursions, facilitating therapeutic recreation and implementing adventure best practices.
For years, Todd has worked on combining experiential education and adventure to facilitate healing experiences. This idea and passion lives in both his personal and professional approach to healthy living. Todd’s experience and education fits perfectly with our recreation and adventure-based approach to changing the lives of young men. At Equinox, experiential therapy is a significant modality of change for our boys because it leads to quicker integration of skills and concepts and more fundamentally speaks to the dominant learning style of boys. At Equinox, experiential therapy is used to integrate skills, practice regulating the brain and body, trigger new ways to connect, and thus help our boys heal. As Executive Director Dr. Kyle Gillett noted “Todd’s experience designing, leading and facilitating experiential therapeutics is exactly what Equinox has been looking for to complete our clinical and leadership teams,” adding, “Todd helps our boys make the critical connection that pushing oneself out of your comfort zone leads to internalization of positive values, coping skills, and self-confidence.”
Dan Hadley, Masters level LMFT and Clinical Director, emphasized that “Adventure and Experiential Therapeutics are two different things. What’s so powerful about the addition of Todd is that he brings expertise at designing and implementing both.” At Equinox, our model applies Adventure Therapy as a companion to Experiential Therapy, with adventure being specifically utilized for identity development through a healthy connection with the outdoors, the development of various new and old passions and increased self-confidence through skill mastery.
Todd shares Equinox’s belief that play is at the foundation of how the brain organizes information and experience, as well as where we learn to form healthy relationships. Play, experience and adventure are all integrated into our model to create healing through the rewiring of healthier neural pathways. Todd’s understanding and experience of the male brain’s need for play and motion to be healthy is already providing a positive impact on Equinox’s young men.
Equinox RTCEquinox, located in North Carolina, is a leading residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Trauma, Loss and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for young men struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ASD, learning disabilities and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a one-of-a-kind combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole child approach including adventure therapy, integrated Cross-Fit program and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited academy, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment. For more information about Equinox RTC located in Asheville, NC or schedule a tour please contact Bryan Tomes at 877-279-8925.