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Center for Discovery Southport is an eating disorder outpatient treatment program that treats patients of all genders ages 11-17 who are struggling with an eating disorder. This outpatient facility opened in 2019 and offers both partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. 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 MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC), Fortified Provider Network (FPN), Beacon HO/VO – GHI/BMP, CHCS IPA, Emblem, and Commercial, Anthem BC/BS of CT, and Optum BH – UHC/UBH including PBH/Oxford. 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.
We offer a fun and space safe for teenagers, with art therapy and theme Fridays. This facility takes pride in peer mentorships and continuing education events that provide ongoing support in recovery. This treatment center serves all of Connecticut, Westchester County and New York City.
CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3530 Post Rd.
Southport, CT 06890
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm
MEET THE TEAM
Toni Brown has a passion for working with the children and adult population which is what bought her to Center for Discovery. She began her journey with Center for Discovery in one of our Connecticut’s Eating Disorder Facility as a counselor/on call facility manager she recently joined the Southport Outpatient facility to further her career as a Facility Coordinator.
Toni will continue to pursue her education in Business Management to receive her degree. Her long term goal is to work in Operations so she can continue to assist clients towards their recovery.
As the Facility Coordinator, Toni handles daily operations including administrative duties, research, clinical documentation, and customer service. Toni continues to strive to keep the adolescents and staff safe while keeping the facility a place they can call home.
In Toni’s free time, you can find her watching all of her favorite shows or playing her favorite card game Unstable Unicorns.
Christine Sacane, LMSW
Christine is the Clinical Intake Coordinator at the Southport Adolescent PHP/IOP program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and continued her education at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work, earning her Master of Social Work degree. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work.
Christine has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and family settings, utilizing a strengths-based and solution-focused approach in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, OCD, autism-spectrum disorder, and behavioral and emotional issues. She is passionate about the importance of family support systems in a client’s treatment, and also finds that warmth and connection with her clients is essential in establishing a safe environment where healing can occur. Christine believes in collaboratively working with clients to strengthen self-esteem, empowerment and interpersonal relationships as a path to healing.
A lifelong dancer of a variety of dance forms such as ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and group tribal-style bellydance has enabled Christine to deeply understand the positive effects dance and movement can have on mental health and body positivity and acceptance.
Elizabeth M. Madden M.A.A.T., LPC
Elizabeth has attained her Master’s in art therapy as well as being a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has accrued over ten years of experience in the field of expressive art therapy and psychotherapy. Working with children, adolescents, and adults as well as families who are challenged by trauma, loss, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and addiction. She has worked in both in and outpatient programs, schools, and community centers. Elizabeth has established her own private practice with offices in Newtown, Westport, and Greenwich. She has always had a passion for art and believes it can be used as a means of initiating and facilitating the process of healing through the expression of images and symbols. It is also a unique and effective approach for offering an alternative means of communication.
Taylor’s nutrition journey began at Virginia Tech where she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and graduated in 2016 and 2017, respectively. She completed a dietetic internship through Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2018, with 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in community, food service and inpatient hospital settings. During internship, she discovered a passion for working with individuals with eating disorders, participated in a rotation at a PHP/IOP eating disorder treatment program and spent time learning in an inpatient eating disorders unit. Following her internship and after passing the national registration exam, she worked for almost two years at an inpatient eating disorder treatment unit. She has also worked with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and has taught virtual child and adult cooking classes. Taylor is very excited to pivot back to the eating disorders world to gain experience at the outpatient level of care. She is very passionate about practicing from a non-diet, Health at Every Size® (HAES) perspective. Taylor loves to help others develop positive and healthy relationships with food and their bodies and is grateful to continue this work with adolescents and teens.
Kelly Wakeland, LMSW
Danielle is a Registered Dietitian working with adolescents in Southport at the PHP and IOP levels. Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Montclair State University. She received her Master’s in Education from University of New Haven and completed her Dietetic Internship from Morrison Healthcare with a concentration in outpatient medical nutrition therapy and counseling.
Prior to her work with eating disorder populations, Danielle was a public-school teacher, where she taught middle and high school Science. Her desire to enrich the lives of young people beyond the classroom setting led her to seek work in the mental health field. As a diet tech in a residential eating disorder treatment center, Danielle found her calling. Her ability to use her teaching skills, compassionate nature, and desire to help others on their journey in healing their body and mind was an ideal match. The “all foods fit” philosophy is a personal core belief of Danielle’s and is a way clients can start to make peace with food through exposure response therapy.
When not at work, you can probably find Danielle outside on an adventure, year-round. Her keenness for new experiences often has her researching and planning trips that encompass the culture and unique things to do in her travels.
Danielle is the Diet Technician at the Southport Adolescent PHP/IOP program. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. Danielle has worked with children and adolescents with Special Needs for 10 years, focusing on improving day to day life skills and social skills. She started this journey at Center for Discovery in our treatment facility in Fairfield that focuses on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Eating Disorder. She recently joined the Southport Outpatient facility to gain more knowledge on how to support, guide, and strengthen adolescent’s comfort through recovery.
Alison is an ordained Minister who has a background working with children and adults in individual and group settings. These are individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and behavioral and emotional challenges. Alison also, has a background counseling and working with women and children (survivors) of Domestic Violence. Alison also does respite care in her home for children in the foster care system, and survivors of human trafficking. She has taken care of the elderly in their homes/hospitals. She serves with a heart of empathy for every individual.
Alison enjoys traveling, spending time with family, going to church and serving others. Alison is very passionate about helping others. Alison hopes that she has and will continue to make a difference in working with people with challenges and being able to support their journey to recovery. She also gained so much experience helping, taking care of and encouraging patients. Alison looks forward to helping others by creating. Alison is currently working towards her bachelor’s in theology, leading to her PhD. In Christian Counseling.
Colleen Armitage, LCSW
Colleen joined the Center for Discovery team in 2015 and has worked in various roles. As the clinical director for Southport’s residential and outpatient programs, Colleen oversees clinical operations and supports both teams in providing the highest quality treatment to clients and their families.
Colleen received a master’s in social work from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked within the mental health and eating disorder treatment community in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient settings. Colleen specializes in eating disorders, substance use disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders. She is intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which is an integral component of treatment at Center for Discovery. Colleen is EMDR trained and believes in the importance of uncovering the underlying factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders to promote healing. Additionally, she received in-depth training in psychodrama. Colleen utilizes a strengths-based and person-centered approach. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and empowering clients to help them meet their treatment goals.
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.