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Austin, TX

Austin Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1717 West 6th Street, Suite #300
Austin, TX 78703
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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IN-PERSON SERVICES UPDATE: We are resuming in-person programming for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. In-person connection is incredibly important to behavioral health treatment and we are eager to provide this support to our patients as they move forward on the road to recovery. We also know that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. See our latest update on steps we are taking to ensure everyone at our facilities are following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Center for Discovery Austin is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to male and female clients of 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. For details about the insurances accepted at this location, please call us or fill out our free insurance verification form.

This facility is located off the Texas State Highway Loop 1 exiting to West 5th street. The location itself stands near Austin High School.

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Marjorie O’Connor, MPsy, LPC, LCDC

Marjorie O’Connor, MPsy, LPC, LCDC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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.

Amreen Bora, RD

Amreen Bora, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Amreen is a graduate of the University Of Texas where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences and became certified in Health Information Technology. She completed her dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center where she continues to practice as a Clinical Dietitian. Amreen has treated adults and adolescents in various levels of care in the acute, long-term, and outpatient settings. She believes in providing compassionate and individualized nutritional counseling to help her clients foster a healthy relationship with food.

Jessica Straus, LPC

Jessica Straus, LPC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Jesse Straus is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who is supervised by Lindsey Irons, M.Ed., LPC-S. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and her Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. Jesse has a wide range of counseling experience, which includes working in a residential treatment center for children who experienced trauma, an intensive outpatient setting for adults and adolescents with substance use disorders, and a partial hospitalization program for adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She is passionate about helping others learn how to cope with challenges in more effective ways in order to gain self-confidence and reach their full potential in life

Elizabeth Brown , RDN, LD

Elizabeth Brown , RDN, LD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Liz Brown is a registered dietitian licensed in the state of Texas, who moved to Austin from Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and then a Master of Science degree in Community Nutrition & Health Promotion with a minor in Educational Psychology. She completed the distance dietetic internship through Iowa State University. Liz has experience treating both adolescents and adults in an inpatient mental health-focused setting. In her free time, Liz enjoys walking and hiking with her dog and cooking new recipes.

Abigail Ploch, RDN, LD

Abigail Ploch, RDN, LD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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

Julia Thompson, LMSW

PRIMARY THERAPIST
Rachel Foster M. A., Lpc-Intern

Rachel Foster M. A., Lpc-Intern

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counseling Intern supervised by Kimberley Mead, M.A., LPC-S. Rachel holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of North Texas. Her M.A. studies emphasized both Marriage/Family Therapy and Depth Psychology. Rachel has 10 years of combined experience as a community service provider in a variety of roles including oncology social work, residential treatment counselor and crisis intervention advocate. Rachel offers a holistic, integrative approach to client-centered therapy which is informed by her creativity, compassion and humor.

Breanna Stogner, MA, LPC-Intern

Breanna Stogner, MA, LPC-Intern

PRIMARY THERAPIST

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. Ziba Rezaee

Psychiatrist

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 Csitkovits, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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, MS

MILIEU MANAGER

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.

Kenda Woolfson, ASW

Kenda Woolfson, ASW

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Kenda Wooflson is a registered Associate Social Worker and Therapist at Center for Discovery. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in English Literary Studies with a focus on creative writing and minor in Philosophy. After earning her undergraduate degree, Kenda worked as a write in the non-profit sphere and has been deeply involved in advocating for policy reform pertaining to survivors of sexual assault. In 2015, Kenda returned to graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Master of Social Work degree and was part of the Phi Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. Kenda previously worked with youth experiencing homelessness at My Friend’s Place, where she was involved in program development for the organization.

Kenda has served as a mentor to individuals struggling with eating disorders for the past five years and has studied Intuitive Eating under co-founder of the Intuitive Eating Movement, Evelyn Tribole. Kenda is thrilled to work at Center for Discovery where she can continue to support individuals as they navigate the ups and downs of recovery and find their way out of darkness and into fulfilling lives. Outside of work, Kenda is an avid reader, musician, and animal lover who can often be found at the dog park or searching for the best oat milk latte in Los Angeles.

Support Group

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.

AUSTIN OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

IN-PERSON SERVICES UPDATE: We are resuming in-person programming for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. In-person connection is incredibly important to behavioral health treatment and we are eager to provide this support to our patients as they move forward on the road to recovery. We also know that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. See our latest update on steps we are taking to ensure everyone at our facilities are following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Center for Discovery Austin is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to male and female clients of 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. For details about the insurances accepted at this location, please call us or fill out our free insurance verification form.

This facility is located off the Texas State Highway Loop 1 exiting to West 5th street. The location itself stands near Austin High School.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

Support Group

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.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1717 West 6th Street, Suite #300
Austin, TX 78703
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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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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