Center for Discovery Addison is an outpatient eating disorder center that treats patients of all genders and all ages. Center for Discovery Addison opened in May 2016 and continues to provide best-in-class care that is highly customized for each patient. Treatment modalities we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities. Discovery’s specialized binge eating disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Humana, HealthNet, Cigna and UNICARE. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Located in Addison, Texas, the center is just off the Dallas North Tollway. Center for Discovery Addison serves the entire metropolitan area of Dallas. Discovery prides itself on its continuing education program, its relationship with community mental healthcare providers and its ability to provide educational resources to patients and alumni alike.
MEET THE TEAM
Katie Chadwick, Ph.D., L.C.D.C.
Dr. Chadwick is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. Throughout her graduate training, Dr. Chadwick’s clinical training focused on a specialization in treating individuals of all ages with traumatic life experiences.
Dr. Chadwick has extensive experience and training in crisis intervention, as well as treating a variety of disorders including mood disorders, dissociative disorders, substance use disorders, and trauma. She has completed additional training in utilizing the following therapeutic approaches: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, as well as multicultural and relational approaches to treatment. She is most passionate about tailoring treatment to the specific needs of her clients and empowering clients to achieve their goals.
Dr. Chadwick’s mission is to cultivate a safe and positive treatment environment for clients and their families, supported by a treatment team founded on hope, authenticity, and integrity who will walk with you on your journey to recovery.
Amal Almallah, BS.
Amal Amallah is the Milieu Manager at Center for Discovery in Addison, Texas. Amal earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Dallas. Amal has experience with eating disorder treatment at both the residential and the outpatient level of care. When Amal first started her journey at Center for Discovery, she worked as a counselor at the residential treatment center in Plano, Texas. After nearly a year of working at the residential facility, Amal joined the Dallas outpatient team in Addison. Amal is very passionate about her job and is very glad that she has the opportunity to help and support people every day. Amal enjoys working collaboratively with a team as she believes it is very effective and leads to the most productive results. Amal strives to help the facility continue to grow in order to be able to provide treatment services to more people, to help as many more people as possible. Amal is committed to making sure that clients and parents are treated with respect, kindness, and compassion. And that they have a peaceful and positive experience during their treatment course at the facility.
Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Community, Family, and Addiction Services from Texas Tech University in 2014 and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017. Kaitlyn is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Tech University in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy. As a marriage and family therapist, Kaitlyn is equipped to provide services to couples, families, and individuals. During her graduate work, she had opportunities to work with various populations, specifically providing services to adolescent and young adult populations as well as their families.
Kaitlyn is trained as a systemic clinician and primarily utilizes a Narrative therapeutic approach to address presenting issues while encouraging the client’s growth. Her areas of specialty include eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Kaitlyn has also received extensive and specialized treatment in cultural competency and diversity.
Kaitlyn’s hope is to improve the lives of clients she serves by working alongside each individual offering guidance, support, and empathy, as they learn how to use their unique strengths to work through challenging issues.
Ebony Morrow is Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate here in the state of Texas. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Women’s University in pursuit of a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. With Master’s degrees in both Counseling and Human Science from Prairie View A&M University, she is equipped with advanced skills and training to provide services to adolescents, adults, families, and couples. As a family systems trained clinician, Ebony utilizes her expertise to help clients develop a treatment plan that will work for them or their family. Other areas of specialty include, but are not limited to: parenting education, family substance use, general mood disorders, family/life transition, and divorce. Ebony’s desire is to empower individuals and families to redefine challenging experiences in an effort to build a future fostered by self-love, peace, and purpose.
Stevie Cornett, MS, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate supervised by Tiffany H. Ashenfelter, LPC-S. Stevie works as a PRN therapist for the Addison OP ED program and has been with Center for Discovery since 2019. After graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas, Stevie completed her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas. Building on a strong CBT foundation, Stevie’s approach is informed by neurobiology, attachment theory, mindfulness, and social justice
Lauren Bailey is the Counselor at Center for Discovery Outpatient Facility . She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from California State University of Los Angeles. In doing so, she has completed courses in health and human services in addition to psychology. She completed her internship hours at White Memorial Community Health Center, where she specialized in health education and promotion. Lauren has been working with children and adolescents in the field of behavioral health over the past four years, always making sure to include parent education to her programs. Lauren has had the great opportunity to work with families across multiple settings such as in-home therapy, clinical settings, and in schools. Doing so has helped her find her passion for educating others and helping them learn and maintain healthy behaviors even after programming is over.
Gaby Deleski MS, RD, LD, CPT is a Registered Dietitian at the Center for Discovery Dallas outpatient facility treating adolescents, adults, and families affected by eating disorders. Gaby received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Dietetics from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has experience in both outpatient nutrition counseling and clinical dietetics. As a Registered Dietitian, she works with clients collaboratively in order to help them reclaim their mind-body-food connection and rediscover the joys of eating. She is deeply passionate about helping others find their peace with food and appreciation for their bodies. Gaby utilizes and promotes the Health at Every Size (HAES) principle, as well as intuitive eating. When not working, she spends time playing with her cat named “Kale Chip” and exploring new hiking trails!
Alex Leibold is the Registered Dietitian at the Center for Discovery Dallas outpatient facility treating adolescents, adults, and families affected by eating disorders. Alex graduated from Louisiana State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She completed her dietetic internship hours while earning her Masters of Health and Human Performance from McNeese State University. She has nutrition experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders in various levels of care. Alex found Intuitive Eating while earning her Masters and realized her passion was to help others heal their relationship with food. Alex’s experience at a residential eating disorder facility allowed her to combine her value of connecting with clients along with her belief in a health at every size and intuitive eating approach. She believes that food is meant to be fun and helps her clients develop a positive relationship with food and their body through individualized nutrition counseling. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Alex studied culinary arts and loves to cook with friends and family. In her free time, you will find Alex cooking and dancing in the kitchen, checking out new restaurants, and spending quality time with her dog Balto.
Johnna Hartenstine is a Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery specializing in nutrition therapy for disordered eating and eating disorders. Johnna graduated from the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then moved to Dallas to attend the University of Texas Southwestern, where she completed her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship. She focused her graduate studies on eating disorder treatments, leading her to research orthorexia nervosa prevalence and rotate through treatment centers in the DFW area.
She utilizes the All-foods-fit philosophy and a non-diet approach in her practice. With curiosity and compassion, she aims to help clients meet their dietary needs and build a better relationship with food.
Vanessa Huynh is a Diet Technician at the Center for Discovery. In 2019, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Nutrition and Dietetics. During her time in college, she interned at the Appleby Community Farm, where she educated children and families about farming, taught people how to plant and harvest crops, as well as led kitchen skills demonstrations. She served as a representative for the farm at the Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market. Vanessa has worked as a Summer Camp Instructor for Chefsville, a non-profit organization that connects cooking with family, community, and academics. This life-skill education is gained through camps, classes and workshops located throughout the DFW Metroplex area.
She enjoys educating others and leading discussions in establishing a healthy relationship with food. Vanessa believes that the understanding and practice of intuitive eating is a pillar of wholehearted living.
Outside of work, she enjoys traveling (especially road trips), cooking and baking, and being outdoors.
Drew Connell joined the Center for Discovery team in late 2019. Drew is a Clinical Outreach Representative with years of experience in various areas of Healthcare Industries including treatment of eating disorders. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Texas Christian University and has continued his professional development at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. After starting his clinical career working in Mental Health, he added Technical and Healthcare Marketing and Business Development to his skill set. As his desire grew to serve others and help people, he became a Police Officer and served in patrol as a Mental Health Officer involved on site assessments and as a referral source for various mental health services for specific needs. After several years he chose to return to the private sector in Mental Health Clinical Outreach gaining experience focused on addictions and eating disorders. He was soon blessed with the opportunity to specialize within the eating disorder community and began his work as a Clinical Outreach Representative at Center for Discovery.
Drew is dedicated to connecting clients and professionals with the services they need to meet their specific needs. He is passionate about connecting with professionals in the mental health field, providing education and awareness, and helping people find the best possible treatment available. He continues to expand his own clinical knowledge and professional development and loves being part of the Center for Discovery family, where clinical excellence and dedication to the individual client make recovery possible. He would be happy to hear from you with any questions or concerns.
Elizabeth earned her bachelor of science degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 and her master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2019. Elizabeth worked for several years in community social services before starting her career in mental health. Elizabeth is equipped to provide services to families, individuals and groups. During her graduate work, she had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations across socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and presenting issues.
Elizabeth is trained as a person-centered clinician and utilizes aspects of CBT, DBT and mindfulness in her work with patients to address these presenting issues while encouraging their growth. Her areas of specialty include eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationships issues and crisis intervention. Elizabeth’s goal is to provide a safe environment to foster growth and change within the people she counsels.
Jessica completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from Texas Tech University 2017. Jessica then continued to earn her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas 2020. During her program, she completed an internship at a local non-profit providing counseling services to children, adolescence, adults, families, and groups.
Jessica is trained as a person-centered clinician and utilizes components of CBT, DBT and mindfulness in her work. Jessica works to create an environment filled with warmth, acceptance, and free of judgment. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, eating disorder, body image, and relationship issues. Jessica is under the supervision of Sarah Carlson, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, E-RYT200.
Raychel Yearsley, LPC
Raychel Yearsley, MS, LPC, NCC is a primary therapist at Center for Discovery and has more than two years of experience in treating eating disorders. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Art at Southern Methodist University, she completed her Masters of Science in Counseling at Southern Methodist University.
While in graduate school, Raychel completed specialized courses in expressive arts therapy and child and adolescent therapy. Raychel completed her graduate-level practicum at a performing and visual arts high school where she worked with creative adolescents in a demanding and high-pressure environment. She completed her LPC-Internship in a private practice setting where she worked with children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders and in an eating disorder treatment setting where she worked with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, and depression. Raychel has experience utilizing CBT, REBT, ACT, and Adlerian treatment modalities, in addition to incorporating activity therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga into therapy. Currently, Raychel is working toward her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification and is passionate about incorporating embodied approaches into the treatment of eating disorders.
Vivian Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A)
Vivian is a licensed professional counselor associate (LPC-A), licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and primary therapist at Center for Discovery. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and management science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Texas State University. Vivian is continuing her education by pursuing certificates from the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. Her clinical experience includes four years of treating children, adolescents and adults in various nationwide eating disorder treatment centers at the residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. Other areas of specialty include college mental health, substance abuse disorders, personality disorders, vocational counseling and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Vivian enjoys collaborating with parents, supports and established interdisciplinary care teams to maximize her patients’ success in recovery. She approaches therapy from a psychodynamic orientation, focusing on gaining insight into present-day problems by exploring patterns of behavior and emotion that have developed over time, especially in interpersonal relationships. Recognizing these recurring patterns helps individuals realize how they tend to cope with distress and opens the door to replacing those coping skills with healthier ones.
Stephanie is a Diet Technician at Center for Discovery. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. During her time at UT, she found her passion for teaching others about the importance of intuitive eating and the Health at Every Size approach. At Center for Discovery, she enjoys supporting patients during nutrition groups and meals and seeing them work on mending their relationship with food. Working at CFD has been a rewarding experience that has furthered her passion to continue working in the nutrition field as a Registered Dietitian in the near future.
This location provides free in person eating disorder support groups on Thursdays 7:00PM. We also have a handful of free online support groups. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.
COVID-19 Update: Online telehealth is offered for intensive outpatient treatment as an option to patients living in California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas.
In-person intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization is also offered at this location. Residential treatment continues to be offered at our residential facilities for individuals in need of a higher level of care. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.