Virtual treatment available: CFD outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
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. This treatment center emphasizes a body positive approach and Health at Every Size® (HAES®).
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.
*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.
CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3530 Post Rd.
Southport, CT 06890
Ages 11-17 All Genders
PHP Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm & Sat 9am-3pm
IOP Mon-Fri 8am-11am OR 12pm-3:30pm & Sat 9am-12pm OR 12pm-3pm
MEET THE TEAM
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.
Madeline is a registered dietitian who recently joined the Southport Center for Discovery team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Houston, where she had the opportunity to work at a Center for Discovery location in Katy, TX. During her time in Texas, Madeline fell in love with the inclusive community and dedication from staff exhibited at Center for Discovery. Upon obtaining her RD license, Madeline entered the world of clinical nutrition at an acute care facility, where she acted as an advocate for “Health at Every Size ® (HAES ®).” She is excited to be back at Center for Discovery and to begin helping clients work towards an All Foods Fit ™ mindset. In her free time, you can find Madeline just about anywhere with her nose in a book or tossing the ball for her labradoodle, Bailey.
Toni Brown (she/her/hers)
Toni has a passion for working with the children and adult population which is what bought her to Center for Discovery six years ago. She began her journey with Center for Discovery in one of our Connecticut eating disorder facilities as a counselor/on-call facility manager. Toni joined Southport Outpatient to further her career as an executive director. 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 patients towards their recovery.
As the executive director, 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 making 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 Perpetual Commotion.
Katie Midlik, LMSW (she/her/hers)
Katie is a primary therapist at the Southport adolescent PHP/IOP program. Katie is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and received her Master of Social Work degree at Sacred Heart University. She is currently pursuing her path to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). After several years of working in career positions geared toward guiding, coaching and serving others, Katie followed her heart to concentrate on the field of mental health and wellness. Katie utilizes a variety of clinical techniques, therapeutic modalities and a holistic approach in order to assist and help guide individuals of all ages to achieve overall fulfillment in their lives and learn to process life’s challenges and obstacles. Katie believes in a mind and body connection, which has led her to achieve further education and training in trauma-focused therapies, like CPT.
Katie has worked with individuals, families and has held various groups when working within a residential setting at a psychiatric hospital. She has experience working with numerous diagnoses. Katie’s clinical interests include eating disorders/disordered eating, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, BPD and OCD. Other areas of passion for Katie include overall health and wellness, intuitive eating and practicing mindful movement while making peace with one’s physical body. Katie strives to help her patients find lasting healing, teach her patients realistic and valuable skills that can be used throughout one’s lifetime and reach their highest potential for personal development. Outside of work, Katie enjoys running, walking and hiking outdoors, lifting weights, practicing yoga and meditation, cooking, traveling and spending quality time with her pets, family and friends.
Emma Philbin, MS, RD, CDN
Emma is a registered dietitian. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in health science, with a concentration in public health and a minor in health and wellness. After graduation, she then attended Hunter College in New York City and earned her master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics and completed her dietetic internship there as well. Upon obtaining her RD credential and license, Emma worked in pediatrics where she counseled mothers (pregnant, postpartum, or breastfeeding), infants, and children. Through her internship, Emma was able to work with individuals with eating disorders and found a passion for helping others work towards healing their relationship with food and full recovery. Emma is an advocate for both Intuitive Eating and Health and Every Size ®️️. She is a certified intuitive eating counselor that was “Trained & Certified by The Original Intuitive Eating Pros” ®️️. During her free time, you can find Emma reading a book, hiking, gardening, or playing with her cat, dogs, or chickens.
Alexandra is a dietetic intern who recently joined the Southport Center for Discovery team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Long Island University – Post, where she also completed her dietetic internship. During her internship, Alexandra had the opportunity to work with a wide range of students and athletes on LIU – Post’s campus. Additionally, she was able to work with patients at an outpatient eating disorder facility. During her time on Long Island, Alexandra developed a strong passion for helping others improve their relationship with food and reach balance within their lives. She is currently eligible and studying to obtain her RD license. Alexandra is a strong advocate for Intuitive Eating as well as Health at Every Size ®️ and is extremely grateful and excited to be working at Center for Discovery – a company that strongly focuses on these topics. In her free time, you can find Alexandra watching Disney movies or taking her French Bulldog, Pearl, for a walk!
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*
“Center for Discovery saved my life. I will be forever grateful for the support and care I received in my stay here. My therapist, the counselors, the dietitian and the nurses were extremely helpful. I’m now able to feel excited for my future.” – Dalia L., former patient at CFD Southport
“We firmly believe that CFD saved our daughter’s life.” -Rachel C., parent of CFD Southport alumni
“Center for Discovery went above and beyond to put me, my treatment and fighting my eating disorder first. They made sure that I was treated as a human being instead of someone with a mental illness. Center For Discovery staff deserve all the love, kindness and recognition in the world.” – Maddie E., former patient at CFD Southport
*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).