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Alexandria, VA

Alexandria Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
7809 Schelhorn Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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COVID-19 Update: In-person residential treatment is still offered at this location. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.

Center for Discovery Alexandria is an eating disorder treatment center that opened in 2016 and accepts patients of all genders ages 10-18. Alexandria is located 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C., and serves patients from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities. 

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Carefirst (JW0), TriCare East – Humana, Cigna / Great West and Kaiser Mid-Atlantic. 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.

This higher level of care center provides 24-hour sub-acute care in a homelike, eight-bed setting where patients engage in group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy, dialectal behavior therapy-informed (DBT) skills building and individual therapy. The treatment team is trauma-informed and embrace a Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy. 

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MEET THE TEAM

Ericka Leonard, LCSW-C

Program Director

Ericka serves as the program director at Center for Discovery’s Alexandria residential treatment facility. Ericka is a licensed clinical social worker and brings over 10 years of experience working with the child/adolescent population. Ericka graduated from University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and her clinical areas of expertise include eating disorders, trauma and domestic violence. Ericka has provided trainings and presentations on a variety of topics nationwide, including child abuse, mandated reporting and trauma-informed care. Prior to becoming a social worker, Ericka was a middle school French and Spanish teacher.  

Hanna Lamberto

Milieu Manager

Hannah joined CFD Alexandria residential treatment center as the milieu manager in 2021. Hannah earned her bachelor of arts degree in dance from Seton Hill University and her master of arts degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Antioch University New England. Through Hannah’s experiences in residence life and mental health treatment, she has developed competencies in communication, rapport building, collaboration, inclusion, program management and conflict resolution. 

Tatiana Menick, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

A Board-certified psychiatrist, Tatiana Menick, M.D. completed her four-year residency training in psychiatry in the St Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program, Washington, DC,

Dr. Menick has more than ten years’ experience conducting pharmacotherapy and individual and group psychotherapy in community mental health clinics.

She provides psychiatric consultation for Center for Discovery Virginia and also maintains a thriving private practice. She is the first author of multiple articles appearing in the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development and Environment, Mood Disorders and Suicide and other books.

Dr. Jay Joglekar

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Joglekar earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in Software Engineering and began his graduate work in Software Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. After medical school, Dr. Joglekar developed an electronic medical record at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD while conducting a Phase II clinical trial on advanced head and neck cancers.

Dr. Joglekar is Board Certified in Internal Medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine) and completed his residency at HCMC in Minneapolis, MN (University of Minnesota).

Dr. Joglekar believes that a healthy lifestyle, strong mental health and preventive approach lead to the promotion of wellness.

Jillian Eckert, M.S.

Jillian serves as the Dietician for Center for Discovery’s Alexandria Residential Treatment Facility.

Jillian received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, from the University of the District of Columbia in 2015. She then went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies, at George Mason University in 2017.
After graduate school, she completed her dietetic internship through Wellness Workdays before returning to Center for Discovery. Jillian also previously worked as a diet technician at Center for Discovery’s adolescent facility in Fairfax, Virginia.
Jillian is passionate about helping individuals understand the importance of nutrition and assisting them overcome the fear and anxiety associated with food.

Patricia Pascoe

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Patricia has a strong passion to support individuals through the healing process toward recovery. She works to help patients discover their potential and focus on addressing barriers through empowerment. Patricia enthusiastically ascribes to the values of the social work profession to maintain the dignity and worth of all people, advocate for social justice, serve with competence and integrity, and promote the importance of healthy interpersonal relationships.

The primary focus for Patricia is to assist adolescents with improving their self-esteem, healing from disordered eating patterns, maintaining safety, decreasing behavioral concerns, and continuing to build and maintain healthy relationships. She also supports the development of skills to improve academic concentration, anxiety management, emotional regulation and socialization. 

Patricia utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help further an understanding of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior to address various forms of depression, anxiety and compulsions. Additionally, she practices dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to teach skills to assist in emotional regulation, distress management, mindfulness, and relationship and communication effectiveness.

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

ALEXANDRIA RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

COVID-19 Update: In-person residential treatment is still offered at this location. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.

Center for Discovery Alexandria is an eating disorder treatment center that opened in 2016 and accepts patients of all genders ages 10-18. Alexandria is located 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C., and serves patients from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities. 

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Carefirst (JW0), TriCare East – Humana, Cigna / Great West and Kaiser Mid-Atlantic. 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.

This higher level of care center provides 24-hour sub-acute care in a homelike, eight-bed setting where patients engage in group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy, dialectal behavior therapy-informed (DBT) skills building and individual therapy. The treatment team is trauma-informed and embrace a Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy. 

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

Covid Clean Logo Large

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

YouTube video

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
7809 Schelhorn Road
Alexandria, VA 22306
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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  • I was sent to [Center for Discovery], an all women's eating disorder treatment facility, and I was terrified to go. I was told I would be there for a month and would return home after that. I ended staying there for almost 3 months, and I can honestly say I am beyond thankful for my time there. I learned so much and they helped me find myself and get over my traumas and learn to cope with issues that I was having. All the staff was super helpful and had my best interest at heart. I may have not liked all of them, but I knew they wanted what was best for me. Even after my insurance run out, the therapist I was working with arranged for me to go to another center to continue my treatment because I was not ready to come home. I highly recommend getting help with Center for Discovery. They truly care!
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • I was at [Center for Discovery] for 6 weeks. I'm from Ohio and being so far away from home was hard. The staff made me feel super comfortable and cared for, making my stay much more manageable. The program was very individualized. They worked hard to make sure my specific needs were met and that my specific behaviors were addressed. This is a top notch facility with incredibly caring staff. Not only were the house staff wonderful, but everyone from admissions to the medical director worked hard to make sure I knew what was going on. This is a wonderful company who are true to what they say. They gave me my life back. I'm someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful. I recommend this program to anyone who is serious, willing, and ready to get better.
    Natalie F
    Alumni
  • I was surprised by my parents with the option of going to get help for my eating disorder and overall unhealthy lifestyle. I so badly wanted to get help, but was too ashamed. After talking to my mom I agreed to at least talk to someone from Center for Discoveryabout what program I would be in and what it would be like. The gal was super helpful, kind, and did not make me feel like I was the only person who suffered from what I did. She was very patient with me and overall helped out our family with the process of insurance and costs and what not. As for the actual facility I stayed at, it was a great experience.
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • We had our son in an acute care hospital and the social worker recommended the Center for Discovery. Before our son was discharged, my wife and I met with the staff and toured the facility. We were impressed by the staff and how the program was structured. Our son was there 6 weeks. It was a game changer and now we feel our son left with a good base of skills that he has continued to use. We now feel our son can leave a normal type life and not have to worry that he may need to live in a group home setting as an adult. We can't say enough for the help and support we received from the entire staff at the Center for Discovery. When we were considering the facility we did some reviews on line. Some weren't overly positive, but most were and we feel that it was a very positive experience for our son and our family. Even our son now admits that he learned some great skills and that his time at Center for Discovery turned his life around.
    John W
    Parent of Alumni
  • I completely recommend this outpatient program for the treatment of eating disorders.  The program is tailored to each individual and my daughter was able to attend school while attending. The staff is caring, knowledgeable and fully committed to the treatment process for the patient and family.  My family now better understands eating disorders and we are able to support our daughter through her recovery.  5 stars all the way!!
    C.Y.
    Parent of Alumni
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