Center for Discovery Austin is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to patients of all genders and all ages. This facility opened in July 2018 and the Austin staff are trained in addiction treatment, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, trust-based relational intervention, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care and multicultural counseling. Treatment programs we provide include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) Discovery’s specialized binge eating disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.
Insurance we accept include, but not limited to, Humana, Cigna, Beacon, Tricare and Optum. 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 facility is located off the Texas State Highway Loop 1 exiting to West 5th street. The location itself stands near Austin High School.
CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1717 West 6th Street, Suite #300
Austin, TX 78703
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm
MEET THE TEAM
Marjorie O’Connor, MPsy, LPC, LCDC
Marjorie O’Connor, MPsy, LPC, LCDC is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor who moved to the Houston area in 2013 to practice after completing her Masters in Psychology at the University of Dallas in 2013. Marjorie utilizes a variety of therapeutic methods in sessions with a focus on strengths based client-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused sessions.
Marjorie has worked in inpatient, residential, and private settings with a focus on treating co-occurring issues. Marjorie specializes in working with individuals who are struggling with trauma/PTSD, eating disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse. She has completed training in EMDR, an evidence-based trauma treatment, provided by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Art has been a lifelong passion for Marjorie and she has enjoyed incorporating expressive arts as a method for client healing for the past 4 years.
Abigail Ploch, RDN, LD
Abigail earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin. Abigail has experience treating adults and adolescents in partial hospitalization and outpatient settings. Abigail has a passion for eating disorder recovery and promoting a healthy relationship between self and food for all individuals. In her free time, Abigail enjoys going to concerts and hiking.
Julia Thompson, LMSW
Breanna Stogner, MA, LPC-Intern
Breanna is a Licensed Professional Counseling Intern, supervised by Dr. Ellen Melton, PhD, LPC-S. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Texas State University in San Marcos and a Master’s of Counseling graduate degree from St. Edwards University. Breanna has an extensive background in youth and family focused non-profit organizations, where she has worked with clients of all ages using a variety of methods, such as Solution Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, person-centered therapy. She believes in creating strong therapeutic relationships using compassion and humor, and she is passionate about working for Center for Discovery, where she can assist clients with achieving recovery goals. In her free time, Bre enjoys discovering new albums, attempting difficult recipes with her wife, and hanging out with her two kittens, Chicken and Beanie.
Dr. Ziba Rezaee
Dr. Rezaee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with highest honors with Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minor in Psychology. She obtained her medical doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. During her medical education, she began taking an academic interest in the organic brain pathologies culminating in the genesis of psychiatric disorders and the evolving field of neurology and psychiatry. During this time, she recognized her passion in connecting with her patients on a deeper level and addressing the often overlooked treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues. Her particular area of interest lies in the underlying pathophysiology of primary and secondary traumatic brain injury with consequent neuropsychiatric insults that evolve as a result.
Following her interest, Dr. Rezaee completed her residency in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Rezaee is currently working toward board certification in the newly established field of Brain Injury Medicine and plans on expanding her focus toward the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with mild to severe brain injury along with care of developmental and organic neuropsychiatric conditions.
In her personal life, Dr. Rezaee values family greatly and spending time with her husband, Dr. Ellis Doan. In her downtime, she enjoys relaxation, traveling, exercising, and music. She also dedicates time to appreciating and caring for nature and animals.
Ana Csitkovits, RD
Ana graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Ana’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. Ana encourages her clients to develop healthy relationships with food by challenging them to question common food and diet myths that are prevalent in our culture. Her goal is to provide individualized care to help clients find peace with food and their bodies.
While working in a research lab for 2 years, Ana believes in an evidence-based approach to nutrition and enjoys translating the research into easily-digestible information for her clients (pun intended). She also advocates for analyzing research literature through a critical lens in order to avoid taking wild claims at face value. She has a passion for researching women’s health issues and their intersection with eating disorders/disordered eating patterns.
Although she has lived in Texas most of her life, Ana is Mexican and a native Spanish speaker. She strives to provide culturally sensitive care to people from all backgrounds, and she is specifically interested in the way cultural practices impact relationships with food. She enjoys getting to know her clients in a holistic way in order to provide the best care possible.
In her free time, Ana enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors with her friends. She loves using food to bring people together, and is always looking for a new recipe to try – especially if it uses any combination of chipotle, lime, and cilantro.
Emma Peacock, MS
Emma Peacock has a Master’s in Human Services concentrating in Forensics from Capella University and A Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a minor in Communications. She has joined the Austin team as our milieu coordinator. Emma has experience in residential level of care for adolescents and brings with her expertise in trauma informed care. Emma is compassionate about mental health care and supporting clients and family through the recovery process.
Marvin Hughes, LMFTA
Marvin is a licensed marriage and family therapy associate. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Marvin has worked with clients of all ages including adolescents, young adults, couples and families. He has worked with a variety of therapy modalities including experiential therapy, structural family therapy and solution focused therapy. Additionally, Marvin has received training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In his work, Marvin creates a safe space through the use of humor, empathy and creativity. In his personal life, Marvin enjoys finding new music, reading a good book outside, and spending time with friends and his dog Oliver.
Annie received Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed the Coordinated Program of Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin. Through her dietetic internship, Annie completed a rotation at a residential adolescent treatment center, thus solidifying her passion for eating disorder treatment. Annie believes in providing compassionate, inclusive care that is Health At Every Size informed and client centered. Annie’s passion lies in providing spaces to explore how cultural values and backgrounds intersect with one’s relationship with food and body. Annie hopes to continually learn and journey with her clients as they uncover and reclaim their unique stories.
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.