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    Virtual Programming for Eating Disorder Recovery

    Intentional. Virtual. Treatment.

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woman enjoying treatment through virtual programming at home

Virtual Programming for Eating Disorder Recovery

Intentional. Virtual. Treatment.

GET HELP NOW

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Online Eating Disorder Treatment that Truly Meets You Where You Are

At Center for Discovery (CFD), our virtual online eating disorder treatment program was intentionally created to meet the needs of patients with eating disorders in the comfort of their own home. Patients have different reasons for not being able to attend therapy in-person – transportation, daily schedules, commitments. All reasons are valid and everyone should have the opportunity to get the quality care that literally meets them where they are.

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Online Eating Disorder Treatment that Truly Meets You Where You Are

At Center for Discovery (CFD), our virtual online eating disorder treatment program was intentionally created to meet the needs of patients with eating disorders in the comfort of their own home. Patients have different reasons for not being able to attend therapy in-person – transportation, daily schedules, commitments. All reasons are valid and everyone should have the opportunity to get the quality care that literally meets them where they are.

GET IN TOUCH

man setting up his next eating disorder treatment on his phone

5 Reasons to Choose Virtual Treatment at CFD

When we say our mission is to provide better access to eating disorder care, we mean it. The need is great and the delivery of services should reach anyone who needs help. So, why should a person consider online eating disorder treatment at CFD?

1. Purposefully virtual content and curriculum – This platform takes our in-person intensive outpatient (IOP) program to make an equally impactful virtual program. An exclusively virtual curriculum also reduces the worry of sudden changes to in-person meetings by fully utilizing technology to get treatment.

2. 25+ years of eating disorder recovery experience – The virtual setting is new, but not our expertise. Since 1997, Center for Discovery has treated eating disorders with evidence-based and holistic therapies. Our approach to treatment is also guided by a commitment to be inclusive of all patients and staff members.

3. Specially trained team – Therapists and dietitians are specifically trained to conduct treatment in a virtual setting and are well-versed in technology.

4. Enhanced engagement among patients – In their own safe space, patients may find participation more comfortable compared to in-person group sessions.

5. Reduced travel burden – For those who struggle finding adequate transportation and have obligations close to home, school or work, the virtual program is ideal.

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man setting up his next eating disorder treatment on his phone

5 Reasons to Choose Virtual Treatment at CFD

When we say our mission is to provide better access to eating disorder care, we mean it. The need is great and the delivery of services should reach anyone who needs help. So, why should a person consider online eating disorder treatment at CFD?

1. Purposefully virtual content and curriculum – This platform takes our in-person intensive outpatient (IOP) program to make an equally impactful virtual program. An exclusively virtual curriculum also reduces the worry of sudden changes to in-person meetings by fully utilizing technology to get treatment.

2. 25+ years of eating disorder recovery experience – The virtual setting is new, but not our expertise. Since 1997, Center for Discovery has treated eating disorders with evidence-based and holistic therapies. Our approach to treatment is also guided by a commitment to be inclusive of all patients and staff members.

3. Specially trained team – Therapists and dietitians are specifically trained to conduct treatment in a virtual setting and are well-versed in technology.

4. Enhanced engagement among patients – In their own safe space, patients may find participation more comfortable compared to in-person group sessions.

5. Reduced travel burden – For those who struggle finding adequate transportation and have obligations close to home, school or work, the virtual program is ideal.

FIND HELP TODAY

What to Expect from CFD’s Virtual Program

The virtual program at Center for Discovery meets in a convenient and flexible space that is HIPAA compliant. With our virtual program, patients can expect:

Patients are considered part of the CFD family for life. The CFD alumni program helps patients navigate real-world scenarios with the following no-cost resources:

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What to Expect from CFD’s Virtual Program

The virtual program at Center for Discovery meets in a convenient and flexible space that is HIPAA compliant. With our virtual program, patients can expect:

Patients are considered part of the CFD family for life. The CFD alumni program helps patients navigate real-world scenarios with the following no-cost resources:

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Meet the Virtual Program Team

“High quality, effective and inclusive virtual treatment is a critical component of eliminating the currently high barriers to eating disorder recovery.” -Andrea Piazza, Director, Virtual Programming

Director, Virtual Programming

Andrea Piazza, MA, LMHC, Certified Telemental Health Director/Coordinator

Executive Director for Washington Virtual

Jodanna (Jodi) Ray, LMHC

Executive Director for Florida Virtual

Jennifer Hounshell, LMFT, QS

Executive Director for California Virtual

Brendan Bonner, LMFT

Clinical Director for Washington Virtual

Alicia Armstrong, LCMFT

Clinical Director for California Virtual

Jenny Tannenbaum, LMFT

Milieu Manager for Washington Virtual

Sarah Pedersen, MScN

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Kristin Urena, RD

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Lauren Dennis, MSW

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Noor Doski, ASW

Katherine “Katie” Moey

Director, Virtual Programming

Andrea Piazza, MA, LMHC, Certified Telemental Health Director/Coordinator

Andrea’s career crosses a variety of disciplines, empowering her to implement successful programming enhancements for companies spanning the spectrum of arts and medicine.  As the artistic director for Chance 2 Dance Inc., and owner of Inclusive Impact Therapy and Inclusive Impact Initiative, Andrea devised and implemented programming improvements generating exponential organizational growth via evidence-based interventions and strategic alliances on the international scale.

Andrea is a best-selling author of the inclusive children’s book, Peter Pan in Everland, and a multi-award-winning artist and scholar. Her most recent notable artistic works include Waving Through a Window, and The Nutcracker Reimagined, which brought together the Central Florida community to support a cast of nearly 100 individuals with special needs. Her research portfolio includes work related to Movement Practices for Athletes with Lower Limb Injuries, Couples Who Dance Together, Stay Together, and The Happiness Project: Investigation of Mental Health Literacy Intervention Among Economically Disadvantaged Youth. Andrea is consistently invited to present her academic research at events like the European Branch of the American Counseling Association conference and The Family Café: the Nation’s Largest Cross-Disability Event. Andrea has also been a sought-after keynote speaker for events like the Abilities Workshop: Heling Kids Achieve their Best, Teachable Expert Speaker Series and University of Central Florida’s “30 Under 30” and “40 Under 40” award ceremonies.

Andrea has also collaborated with organizations like Full Sail University to develop inclusive technology such as an accessible tap dance board to empower individuals with paralysis or severe cerebral palsy to participate in a dance class. She has developed protocols for the safe use of adaptive technology such as the University of Central Florida Physical Therapy Department’s harness system which allowed young paraplegic dancers to stand and perform on stage with their peers for the first time. Andrea has developed international inclusive dance education virtual programming for youth with Down syndrome in Saudi Arabia. Her fully virtual private practice received Orlando’s Best Mental Health Practice Award by Orlando Magazine 2021 for its efforts to provide affordable mental health care.

Andrea is a licensed mental health counselor and is a certified Telemental Health Director & Coordinator. Her clinical experience centers on working with the historically underserved, LGBTQIA+, special needs, eating disorder, trauma and substance use communities. Andrea began working with Discovery Behavioral Health as a graduate school intern for Center for Discovery, DBH’s eating disorder division. She was hired as a therapist by the treatment center post-graduation and has remained committed to the growth of the organization.

Andrea stepped into a new role as Discovery Behavioral Health’s first director of virtual programming in 2021. She is avidly working to enhance and expand the company’s telemental health virtual programming. Andrea is committed to developing state-of-the-art telemental health training, enhancing the virtual curriculum to be more engaging, and cultivating partnerships with organizations in order to expand access to care for thousands of Americans.

Andrea recently relocated to Southern California where she lives with her partner. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in dance and psychology and a Master of Arts (MA) in clinical mental health counseling with advanced training in integrated health care systems.

Executive Director for Washington Virtual

Jodanna (Jodi) Ray, LMHC

Jodi is an experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Program Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry for over 10 years. She is skilled in working with nonprofit organizations, crisis intervention, family therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), group therapy, and psychotherapy. Jodi is a strong business development professional with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle, WA.

Executive Director for Florida Virtual

Jennifer Hounshell, LMFT, QS

Jennifer graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Her passion is to help those in need and to do so in the most effective person-centered way. She has worked as a psychotherapist in a multitude of settings across many states on the East coast. Programs include child, adolescent, and adult outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, telehealth therapy, substance use disorders and rehabilitation for pre-release felons. Jennifer uses a combination of internal family systems, solution-focused therapy and emotion and behavior modification. She has dedicated herself to providing effective individual, family and group therapy to best meet the needs of each patient and their support system. Jennifer is an artist by trade and often implements creativity into her treatment. She enjoys being an athlete and spending her free time with her spouse and two beautiful daughters.

Executive Director for California Virtual

Brendan Bonner, LMFT

Brendan is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, where he earned a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, then going on to the Southern California Counseling Center where he was trained in Family Systems, EMDR and the Trauma Resiliency Model. He has worked in various eating disorder treatment centers at different levels of care. He also has a private practice in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles.

Brendan brings his passion for growth and transformation to his work where he gets to engage clients in exploring how we make meaning of our lives in relation to our world, especially examining how external forces such as social influence, familial and cultural histories might influence the stories we tell and come to identify with.

Clinical Director for Washington Virtual

Alicia Armstrong, LCMFT

Alicia is the clinical director for the Washington virtual intensive outpatient program (IOP). Alicia began working in the field of eating disorder treatment in 2008 and has since worked in a variety of settings: outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals, the foster care system, and residential centers including Center for Discovery’s dual diagnosis program. Alicia obtained a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in 2014 and began working as a primary therapist for children and families. She transitioned into leadership and began managing teams of clinical professionals; it was here that she found a passion for helping clinicians work as a team to meet the unique needs of patients. Alicia returned to Center for Discovery in 2022 to lead the virtual IOP in Washington state. She feels honored and privileged to have the opportunity to bring virtual treatment to individuals who may not be able to attend in-person treatment.

Alicia has been a strong advocate for mental health since experiencing her own struggles with mental illness as a teen. To take care of her own mental health she likes to meditate, play video games with friends, try out new recipes in the kitchen, and take leisurely strolls with her dog, Wallace.

Clinical Director for California Virtual

Jenny Tannenbaum, LMFT

Jenny began working at Center for Discovery as a primary therapist in 2020 soon after the Beverly Hills intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs became virtual. She entered the mental health field after graduating from Antioch University with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology. Prior to Center for Discovery, she gained clinical experience working with adults struggling with substance use, severe mental health and chronic pain in an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization setting. During her off time, Jenny enjoys trivia nights, hiking, adult recreation kickball and playing with her dog, Waffle.

Milieu Manager for Washington Virtual

Sarah Pedersen, MScN

Sarah has been working with Center for Discovery in the Eating Disorder Treatment Program since 2019. Sarah started as the Milieu Manager of the residential La Jolla facility. Currently, Sarah is the Virtual Facility Coordinator supporting the Seattle facility. She entered the mental health field after receiving a Master’s in Nutrition, where she focused on initiative eating and HEAS principles. Sarah is passionate about supporting both patients and clinicians in the recovery space, in addition to helping debunk the harmful myths of diet culture. When Sarah is not at work, she enjoys hiking with her two dogs and traveling.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Kristin Urena, RD

Kristin is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. After graduation, she attended Montclair State University’s accredited Nutrition and Dietetics Post-Graduate Program. Kristin completed her dietetic internship with Priority Nutrition Care, where her concentration was entrepreneurial health and wellness. She also focused on Intuitive Eating, diverse and inclusive nutrition care, pediatrics and public health. Kristin is excited to provide accessible, virtual care and support patients through an Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size ® (HAES ®) approach at Center for Discovery.

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Lauren Dennis, MSW

Lauren is an associate eating disorder therapist at Center for Discovery who is currently progressing towards independent clinical licensure. She graduated from the University of Georgia with her master’s degree in social work and has previous experience working in vocational rehabilitation as well as community mental health. Lauren’s therapeutic practice is humanistic and person-centered, incorporating the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) frameworks. She uses a trauma-informed, culturally competent approach to support patients as they address their mental health concerns and disordered eating. In her free time, Lauren enjoys doing yoga, working on art projects, and reading a good novel.

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Noor Doski, ASW

Noor graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. Noor has experience in social justice and advocacy by working in the District Attorney’s office and as a protective social worker for child welfare services. She also volunteered for social movements and protests such as women’s rights, the anti-zero policy, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Muslim ban. These experiences have shown her the true meaning of compassion, equity and justice. Her mission is to help generate positive trajectories in patients’ lives and instill hope for their future through challenging times. Noor believes in being the passenger in her patients’ lives, helping and challenging them to steer themselves in the right direction wherever that may lead. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, traveling and exploring new coffee shops and restaurants.

Katherine “Katie” Moey

Katherine has been working with Center for Discovery as a registered dietitian since 2021. She uses Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size ® to guide her patients towards recovery through nutrition counseling and education. Katherine utilizes her knowledge in nutrition along with her certified health education specialist (CHES) certification to educate patients on the importance of nourishing their body. She entered this field after seeing many friends struggle with body acceptance and partaking in the latest diets. She is determined to supporting others towards recovery through nutrition education.

CFD Virtual Program Is Helping Patients Thrive

How effective is online eating disorder treatment? Just ask patients who’ve been through the program. After treatment, patients reported the following:*

97%
said, “I have my own plan to stay or become well.”

98%
reported, “I can handle what happens in life.”

94%
stated, “I am hopeful about my future.”

*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients treated in the Center for Discovery Program virtual intensive outpatient program in 2021 and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 57).

CFD Virtual Program Is Helping Patients Thrive

How effective is online eating disorder treatment? Just ask patients who’ve been through the program. After treatment, patients reported the following:*

97%
said, “I have my own plan to stay or become well.”

98%
reported, “I can handle what happens in life.”

94%
stated, “I am hopeful about my future.”

*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients treated in the Center for Discovery Program virtual intensive outpatient program in 2021 and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 57).
young adult getting eating disorder treatment virtually

Insurance Coverage for Virtual Programming

Good news: The CFD virtual program for eating disorders is covered by most major commercial insurances. (Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicare or Medicaid at this time.) For a complimentary insurance benefits check, call us at 866-482-3876.

happy women enjoying eating disorder treatment through virtual programming

Connect, Engage & Heal from Home

With virtual programming at CFD, people don’t have to postpone treatment that they or their loved one needs for an eating disorder. Getting help is truly accessible and can turn lives around for the better. Call us today at 866-482-3876 or fill out the form below for more information.

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