Center for Discovery in Alexandria, Virginia, is an outpatient treatment center that opened in 2017 and treats patients of all ages who are struggling with an eating disorder or with an eating disorder in the presence of a mental health disorder, otherwise known as a co-occurring disorder. Located in Old Town Alexandria, our outpatient location serves patients from Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. It is easily accessible to the George Washington Memorial Highway, Richmond Highway and I-495. There is easy parking garage access included to easily access facility. 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 virtually. This treatment center emphasizes a body positive approach and Health at Every Size® (HAES®).
Our spacious facility encompasses two suites, which serves adults and adolescent patients in separate areas of the milieu. Each patient gains hands-on food preparation experience while meeting their individual dietary needs.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Employee Health Network (EHN), MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC), OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH) and UNICARE – Beacon HS. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.
MEET THE TEAM
Hallie Fliesch, LCSW
Hallie Fleisch, LCSW, graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Washington University with her Master’s in Social Work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Primary Therapist for Center for Discovery, Hallie comes with extensive experience in the mental health field. Hallie has worked with children and adolescents in hospital settings, partial-hospital and intensive out patient facilities, and schools. She has worked with families on improving communication, educated them on a variety of mental health issues, and provided them tools to support their loved ones. Hallie has experience working with depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviors, and distorted body image concerns that are often times co-occurring with eating disorders. She has experience providing meal support and community based assistance to individuals with eating disorders. Hallie is passionate about helping individuals struggling with eating disorders and other mental health issues improve their self-esteem and address underlying issues in order to be healthy. She is very excited to be part of the Discovery Difference® and to use her expertise in the Alexandria, VA program.
Morgan is the milieu manager at Center for Discovery. Morgan came to CFD as a counselor in August 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from High Point University. Morgan is currently working to obtain her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from The George Washington University with the goal of becoming a licensed clinical mental health counselor. Morgan is very passionate about helping others in their recovery journey and supports philosophies associated with eating disorder treatment including Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating and All Foods Fit. Morgan hopes that, in working with clients, she will be able to support their journeys toward recovery, providing an atmosphere of acceptance in which they are able to share their true selves without fear of judgment.
Madison is a counselor at Center or Discovery (CFD). She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. In her time at St. Olaf, Madison worked with at-risk youth and families at Fairbault County Social Services in the Child Protection and Family Preservation Unit. During this internship, she grew her skills as a professional working with at-risk populations with a variety of needs. Madison is passionate about bringing positivity to patients at CFD seeking treatment for their eating disorder. She supports the philosophies associated with eating disorder treatment at CFD, including All Foods Fit, Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size ®.
Brianna is so excited about starting as a diet tech at the Center for Discovery. As a diet tech, Brianna is working closely with patients to support their journeys. Brianna is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Brianna’s goal after completing education is to become a registered dietitian working with patients with eating disorders. Brianna believes strongly in the principles of Intuitive Eating, All Foods Fit, Health at Every Size ® (HAES ®) and mindfulness practices. Brianna is very passionate about the work Center for Discovery is doing and continues to make strides to further her knowledge in this field.
Marissa Cassens, MSW
Marissa received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Mary Washington and her master’s in social work from George Mason University. She is currently a supervisee of social work, working to become an LCSW. During her time at school, Marissa worked with professors trained as eating disorder specialists to conduct research studies examining the way perception of self and others relates to eating behaviors and the act of eating together, known as commensality. Through internships and work experience, she has provided home-based and facility-based services to older at-risk individuals, including hospice. Marissa has worked with a variety of clients and concerns, including crisis intervention, grief counseling, trauma, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, dementia and other eating disorders. She is excited to be following her passion to Center for Discovery to help others in their recovery by providing an empathetic, genuine and constructive space for growth and healing.
Car (they/them) is a licensed queer therapist. They received a Master of Social Work from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Car has several years of experience working within reproductive health as well as in recovery, depression and anxiety. Car specializes in CBT, solutions-focused therapy and the strengths-based approach. Car loves walking with folx on their path of recovery! As a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) therapist, Car is passionate about creating an open and safe space for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ patients. Their favorite part of their job is to build relationships with patients and help them make progress toward their goals for recovery. In their free time, Car enjoys reading, cooking, hammocking, spending time with friends/family and listening to music.
Heejin (Alice) Yun MA, ATR-P
Heejin (Alice) Yun, MA, ATR-P, graduated from the George Washington University with a master’s in art therapy. She has years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults within a hospital setting, residential treatment facility and an addiction treatment center using a person-centered approach paired with CBT. Alice offers art therapy interventions that help patients improve relationships, reduce anxiety and depression, develop insight and coping skills, promote positive self-images, foster self-esteem, manage behaviors and increase self-awareness. Alice is passionate about assisting patients to access and communicate their thoughts and feelings and bringing creativity to patients at CFD seeking treatment for their eating disorder.
Kate Nese, MS, RD, CSSD
Kate is a registered dietitian (RD) and a certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD). Kate completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University and completed her dietetic internship at Lipscomb University. After becoming a registered dietitian, Kate went on to Auburn University where she worked as a Graduate Assistant Sports Dietitian while completing her Master of Science degree in Exercise Science. Kate’s experience working with eating disorders grew at Auburn, where she developed and implemented an Eating Disorder & Low Body Weight policy within the athletics department to ensure safe participation for all athletes in their respective sports. Following her time at Auburn, Kate continued her work with athletes at Purdue University. Kate is passionate about the intersectionality of athletics and eating disorders and aims to help patients create a healthy relationship with both food and exercise on their path to recovery. Kate strongly aligns with the Health at Every Size ®️ (HAES ®) approach and strives to provide compassionate and individualized care to each and every person with whom she works.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% can identify their triggers*
- 97% believe they can help themselves get better*
- 96% understand when to ask for help*
“This program has changed and saved my life even in just a few days. I’ve never felt this understood and supported.” – Elizabeth W., former patient at CFD Alexandria
“This house at Center for Discovery has been a home to me. I’m a different person than when I admitted. I’m still me, but a healthier, happier version of myself. I am so grateful for my time here.” – Elliana W., former patient at CFD Alexandria
“As parents, we were happy with the attention, care, professionalism and excellent communication that Lily’s team provided.”- Diana S., former patient at CFD Alexandria
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Center for Discovery program in 2021 (between 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS, N=2,644). Average treatment range 41.3 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice transfer or administratively).
Support in Recovery is every Thursday, 7pm-8pm. This will be a virtual support group for alumni and community members in recovery only.
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