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Southport, CT

Southport Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1320 Mill HIll Road
Southport, CT 06890
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-17

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Center for Discovery Southport eating disorder treatment center offers residential treatment and partial hospitalization for male and female adolescents from 10-17 years of age who are in need of a higher level of care. The Southport location opened in 2012 and provides care to all of New England, New York and New Jersey. This southern Connecticut location partners with Learnwell for education consultation so clients can keep up with their studies while undergoing the best care for their eating disorder. 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 Aetna / Shaller Anderson/GHC, UNICARE – Beacon HS, Optum BH – UHC/UBH Including PBH/Oxford, and Anthem BC/BS of CT. For free insurance verification, click here.

This Connecticut location was the first Center for Discovery eating disorder program to open on the East Coasts and is renowned as one of the leading eating disorder programs in the entire state of Connecticut. The staff is comprised of therapists who incorporate mindful movement and yoga meditation, registered dietitian and medical doctors who have been on staff since this location opened.

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Valerie Le Cann Jones, LMFT

Valerie Le Cann Jones, LMFT

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Valerie Le Cann Jones is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who will be taking on the role of Program Director with the Center for Discovery. Valerie has an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and a B.S. in Psychology from Union College. Valerie is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and she is currently pursuing certification to be a certified AAMFT supervisor. She has completed the coursework for her LMFT School Certification and has completed both Parts I and II of basic EMDR Training.

Valerie was previously a Clinical Supervisor with LifeBridge Community Services. Before that, she was under the Office of Victim Services grant as the Survivor Care Navigator for the town of Newtown, where she worked with families of children who survived the tragic shooting in Sandy Hook.

Prior to joining the Town of Newtown, Valerie worked as a clinician at Liberation Programs, a local substance abuse and behavioral health agency. Valerie also volunteered for many years as a domestic abuse counselor for the Women’s Center of Danbury’s domestic violence hotline. Valerie previously worked in the Corporate world as the Boutique Liaison in Retail Operations for Cartier, Inc. and in Real Estate law as a title closer.

Valerie has both experienced and witnessed the devastating results of trauma both in her family of origin and as a community member of Sandy Hook. She views trauma though a systemic lens and understands the importance of working with the entire family when focusing on resiliency and trauma recovery.

Valerie and her husband live in Sandy Hook with their 12-year-old twin girls and their therapy dog-in-training, Oliver. Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, taking Barre classes, playing piano, listening to music, and traveling.

Amy Patnode, MS

Amy Patnode, MS

FACILITY MANAGER

Amy graduated from the University of New Haven with bachelors in Legal Studies and History. She went on to receive her Master’s in Education at the University of Bridgeport. Amy’s combined passions of learning and teaching others provided her with the Teacher and Counselor dual role at Center for Discovery. Throughout her experience with Center for Discovery, Amy has continued to mentor and guide others, leading her to her role as Senior Facility Manager. Her goal is to continue to her developing her own skills as a means to support Center for Discovery’s mission.

Alexandria D’Aurio

Alexandria D’Aurio

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Alexandria D’Aurio has received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Long Island University as well as her Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling with a Graduate level certification in Laban Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. Alex’s passion for movement and mental health began in high school and continued with her through her undergraduate studies eventually leading her to combine her two passions in her Master’s studies. Alex has a background working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group settings with substance abuse, developmental disabilities, autism, and behavioral and emotional difficulties. Alex is excited about bringing a movement based approach to her work here at Center for Discovery.

Dr. Marcie Schneider, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Dr. Marcie Schneider, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Schneider graduated from Brown University, and attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her residency was in Pediatrics at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine was at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She remained at North Shore for a total of 13 years and during that time became Associate Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, and Medical Director for the Eating Disorders Day Program. She was recruited by Greenwich Hospital to start an Adolescent Program, which ran from June 1999 through June of 2005. Since July 2005, she has been in full time private practice of adolescent medicine. Additionally, since 2012 she has served as medical consultant for Center for Discovery’s Fairfield county adolescent and young adult residential facilities. Dr. Schneider is board certified in Pediatrics and in the subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She has served on the board of directors of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition from 2005 – 2011. She was has served on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Health November since 2013.

Sara Levine, MD, MPH, FAAP

Sara Levine, MD, MPH, FAAP

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Levine is board-certified in both general pediatrics and adolescent medicine.  She graduated from Yale University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.  Dr. Levine is in private practice at Greenwich Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, and she has been a medical consultant to Center for Discovery since 2012.

Annaliese DiFabbio

Annaliese DiFabbio

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Annaliese DiFabbio is a Registered Dietitian who received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dietetics at the University of Connecticut. She went on to complete her dietetic internship through Hartford Hospital and University of Connecticut, gaining experience in community, research, food service and clinical nutrition. Annaliese has worked with Center For Discovery over the past 2 years as a diet technician, dietetic intern and now registered dietitian. She whole heartedly believes in an all foods fit mentality and promotes an overall healthy lifestyle with emphasis on balance, moderation and variety.

Dr. Ilana Karpenos, MD

Dr. Ilana Karpenos, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Ilana Karpenos graduated from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/ SUNY Downstate, a 7 year BS/MD program. She completed her training in pediatrics, psychiatry and child psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital and NY Presbyterian Hospital.

She has been in private practice in Westport for the past 20 years and has worked with CFD since 2012.
In addition, Dr. Karpenos has worked with IOPs as well consulted for multiple school districts in Fairfield County.
She’s board-certified in adult psychiatry and neurology as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.

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 RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Southport eating disorder treatment center offers residential treatment and partial hospitalization for male and female adolescents from 10-17 years of age who are in need of a higher level of care. The Southport location opened in 2012 and provides care to all of New England, New York and New Jersey. This southern Connecticut location partners with Learnwell for education consultation so clients can keep up with their studies while undergoing the best care for their eating disorder. 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 Aetna / Shaller Anderson/GHC, UNICARE – Beacon HS, Optum BH – UHC/UBH Including PBH/Oxford, and Anthem BC/BS of CT. For free insurance verification, click here.

This Connecticut location was the first Center for Discovery eating disorder program to open on the East Coasts and is renowned as one of the leading eating disorder programs in the entire state of Connecticut. The staff is comprised of therapists who incorporate mindful movement and yoga meditation, registered dietitian and medical doctors who have been on staff since this location opened.

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

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CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

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
1320 Mill HIll Road
Southport, CT 06890
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-17

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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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