Virtual treatment available: DMA outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
Our Fairfield, Connecticut, facility is designed to cater to a very small group of patients ranging in age from 11 to 18 years old. By never treating more than six patients at one time, we can offer extremely individualized care at this gender-inclusive residence. This center is convenient to Greenwich, Darien, Stamford, Southport, Norwalk, Wilton and other Fairfield County locations. In addition to our Fairfield location, our Stamford residential home provides higher levels of care for adolescents and teens. Our patients are often struggling with depression, self-harm, mood disorders, OCD, anxiety, PTSD, and RAD. Given the intimate and personalized setting, we are able to address each patient with a humanistic, empowered and family systems approach. Our program integrates a variety of therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), individual therapy, family therapy, communication skills group, equine therapy and trauma-informed yoga.
The School Support Program is offered to young patients, where an education liaison supervises and supports them through their schoolwork. The education liaison also collaborates with the patient’s therapist to ensure they have the right environment in place for learning, which will in turn help them reintegrate into their school after treatment.
Insurances we accept at this location include but are not limited to Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Beacon, Unicare, and Kaiser. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
During the fall and winter seasons, we partner with the local YMCA to promote and strengthen the mind-body connection. We also advocate for families in ensuring that patients receive all services required by the local school district to safeguard their continued recovery post-treatment. We maintain a close working relationship with Yale University Medical Center, allowing us to offer patients access to their interventional psychiatric program while residing in our home. Our interdisciplinary team members are recognized leaders in their fields, all contributing to the high level of personalized care.
The bucolic New England town of Fairfield is close to beaches, hiking trails, and nature preserves. We are just minutes off the 195 and Merritt Parkway.
MEET THE TEAM
Ruby Lekwauwa, MD
Dr. Lekwauwa is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University. She is the facility psychiatrist for the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program’s residential treatment facilities in Fairfield and Stamford, Connecticut, and joined the Discovery team in 2018. Dr. Lekwauwa graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She attended medical school at the Duke University School of Medicine where she completed her thesis on the relationship between PTSD and substance use in adolescents presenting for trauma treatment. She also co-authored a book chapter on the biological, psychological and social impacts of early adversity on children. She completed her general psychiatry training at Yale University, followed by her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, where she served as the chief fellow.
Dr. Lekwauwa has extensive experience in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults and has worked as a staff psychiatrist, medical director and psychiatric consultant to mainstream and therapeutic day schools, college counseling centers, community child guidance clinics and inpatient psychiatric units. Dr. Lekwauwa has special interests in mood and anxiety disorders and trauma. She has a private practice in Fairfield.
Lizbeth Rosario Mieses has been working at Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2021. She started in May 2021 as a mental health technician and advanced to the milieu manager position. She went into this field shortly after finishing college to support adolescents who struggled with various mental health disorders. Lizbeth chose this career because she has always been very involved with mentorship programs and worked as a teacher’s aid with kids that experienced similar challenges. Her goal is to keep advancing her education and gain as much experience as she can to better support her patients. Her hope is to keep growing within the agency and continue to learn from those around her. When she’s not at work, Lizbeth is often working on her art and finding new things to learn.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% feel hopeful about their future*
- 95% believe they can handle life after treatment*
- 99% know what helps them get better*
“This program helped me a lot, and I think it can help others as well.”- Robert R., former patient at DMA Fairfield
“I came out of this program much stronger and more stable, with tools to help me in case I ever feel unstable again. I received more than adequate care here. I was given coping tools, the staff was very attentive and the groups were very helpful.” – Beverly W., former patient at DMA
“My daughter has made strides in this program and learned some invaluable coping skills. I highly recommend this program to other people who are suffering from mental health issues.” – Taneesha W., parent of DMA alumni
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2021 (between 1/1/21 and 12/31/21) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 2,278). Average length of stay is 34.2 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to a higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice, transfer or administratively).