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Southport, CT

Southport Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3530 Post Rd.
Suite 304
Southport, CT 06890
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 11-17

GET IN TOUCH CALL 866.482.3876

GET HELP

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 Southport is an eating disorder outpatient treatment program that treats male and female clients of all ages 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, clients 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. For free insurance verification, click here.

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.

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MEET THE TEAM

Jessica LePera, LMFTA

Jessica LePera, LMFTA

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jessica LePera is the Program Director at Center for Discovery- Southport ED OP and has been with Discovery since 2017.  Within Discovery’s Eating Disorder Programs, Jessica started her experience working as a Counselor III at the Adolescent RTC Facility in Southport, CT. Jessica continued by joining Greenwich IOP/PHP as a Program Therapist and became the Path to Peace lead due to her joy of working with the Binge Eating Disorder population. Jessica moved to the New Haven OP facility as Program Director before transitioning to Southport OP.

Jessica received her Bachelors degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Psychology, minoring in Forensics. She then continued her education at SCSU by gaining a Masters Degree in Marital and Family Therapy as well as certifications in Gestalt Therapy and Evidenced Based Practices. Jessica’s interest in trauma work influenced her to receive EMDR basic training and is continuing to work towards hours for certification. She has worked with both children and adults providing individual, family and group therapy while using a systemic lens.

Jessica has a passion for using theory in therapy that decreases anxiety, while increasing self- esteem and overall self-worth. Jessica’s goal within therapy is to bring the awareness of the clients inner strengths into their journey of recovery.

Toni Brown

Toni Brown

FACILITY COORDINATOR

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.

Agnieszka Sikorska, LMFTA

Agnieszka Sikorska, LMFTA

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Agnieszka Sikorska is a Marriage & Family Therapist who earned her master’s degree from the Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Southern Connecticut State University. She also earned a master’s degree in Pedagogy of Early Education at University of Warmia and Mazury in Poland where she was born and raised. Agnieszka is bilingual, and bicultural, which allows her to relate to themes of acculturation, immigration and broad spectrums of diversity. Agnieszka has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, couple and group settings. She provided guidance and professional support for treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, as well as took part in the treatment of loss, adjusting to life changes, relational difficulties, and family struggles related to addiction.

Agnieszka grounds her therapeutic work in supporting a person’s inherent strive to change and grow, as well as in potential to heal and adapt. Her relational approach to treatment is based on a person’s intra and interconnections, their improvement, and stabilization, their strengths, and interdependence. Finally, Agnieszka strives to be attentive to the wholesome sense of personhood in aspects of spirituality, emotionality, physicality, and intellectuality.

Rachael Utstein, MS, RD, CD-N

Rachael Utstein, MS, RD, CD-N

Registered Dietitian

Rachael is a Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery Southport Outpatient and Center for Discovery Greenwich. Prior to studying nutrition, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Education from Binghamton University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Rachael decided to combine her passion for education with her passion for nutrition and went back to school to study dietetics. She received a master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from D’Youville College in 2018. Through her dietetic internship, Rachael gained experience working in a variety of different inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. Rachael practices with a non-diet, weight inclusive approach and firmly believes in the nutrition philosophy “all foods fit”. She is excited for the opportunity guide others in rejecting the diet mentality and developing a positive relationship with food.

Christine Sacane, LMSW

Christine Sacane, LMSW

Clinical Intake Coordinator

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.

Ronald A. Grant, M. Div., S.T.M., M.D., D. Min., LP

Ronald A. Grant, M. Div., S.T.M., M.D., D. Min., LP

PSYCHIATRIST

Ronald Grant Is the Medical Director and Psychiatric Consultant at Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program’s Southport outpatient program and Fairfield residential program that specializes in treating adults, adolescents and their families impacted by eating disorders, substance abuse and other mental health issues. He earned his MD degree from Boston University School of Medicine and trained as a physician and psychiatrist at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Ronald is also a Psychoanalyst having graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute of New York where he is a member of the faculty, a supervising and training analyst, and a past president of the Institute’s Board of Directors. Having done his undergraduate work at Tufts University, he is also a three time graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with an M. Div., an S.T.M., and a D. Min. in Pastoral Counseling.

Ronald has over forty years of experience working in the above areas and has been a medical director and psychiatric consultant to schools, churches and several different counseling centers. He has also been a supervisor to psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, pastoral counselors and psychiatric nurse practitioners. He has several certifications and is a Lifetime Member of the American Psychiatric Association. Ronald has special interests in Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, Spirituality and Healing. He has private offices in Greenwich, Westport & Southbury Connecticut where he works with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

Elizabeth M. Madden M.A.A.T., LPC

Elizabeth M. Madden M.A.A.T., LPC

ART THERAPIST

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.

Rebecca McCollum, BS

Rebecca McCollum, BS

DIETETIC TECHNICIAN

Rebecca McCollum is a Dietetic Technician at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Programs in Greenwich and Fairfield. Rebecca received her first Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Currently, she is completing her second Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was accepted into the Human Nutrition Master’s program at the University of New Haven. She is working towards applying for a Dietetic Internship and becoming a Registered Dietitian with a focus in nutritional genomics.

Rebecca promotes positive mentalities about food, body image, and mental health. She is passionate about teaching and believes food can be used as a tool to prevent disease states. Her greatest passion is supporting and empowering clients to have healthy relationships with others, themselves, and food.

Amanda D’Elia, LPCA

Amanda D’Elia, LPCA

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Amanda is a part-time primary therapist at Center for Discovery, Southport outpatient program. Amanda began at Center for Discovery in 2018 as an intern counselor facilitating Dialectical behavioral therapy skills groups. Amanda received her bachelors in psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. There, Amanda found her passion to work within the eating disorder population through involvement in campus organizations. Amanda received her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Bridgeport and worked as a graduate teaching assistant for two years. Amanda is currently an Adjunct Professor, having taught Intro to Psychology discussion labs, First-Year Seminar and Abnormal Psychology. Amanda has also interned at Sacred Heart University counseling center where she provided counseling for college students and co-facilitated a women’s support group.

Amanda has experience in working with adolescents and young adults. She has provided individual and group therapy at outpatient and inpatient facilities. Amanda has experience in CBT, DBT, Solution-focused, and motivational interviewing. Amanda has had training in BASICS 2 for substance use in college campuses. Amanda has provided treatment to individuals with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia and Adjustment disorder.

Amanda believes that support and self-compassion through the use of positive self-talk facilitate growth and change. She believes in providing a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere for clients to express themselves and grow.

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.

SOUTHPORT 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).

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________

Center for Discovery Southport is an eating disorder outpatient treatment program that treats male and female clients of all ages 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, clients 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. For free insurance verification, click here.

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.

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

Covid Clean Logo Large

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

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
3530 Post Rd. #304
Southport, CT 06890
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
Ages 11-17
All Genders

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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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