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
Andre Vilarinho, LMFTA
André is an associate licensed marriage and family therapist. He received his master of arts degree in marriage and family therapy from Fairfield University in 2020. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut where he studied psychological sciences and gender and sexuality studies. During this time, his eyes were opened to a world of marginalized and underserved populations affected by the complex systems that surrounded them and their loved ones. Shortly after entering graduate school, André was accepted into two internships where he would cultivate his experience working with adolescents, families, couples and adults from all walks of life. After two years of outpatient work and various modalities firmly under his belt, he worked at a private practice before joining Discovery. André is passionate about connecting with clients and establishing a strong therapeutic bond through which change will result. He sees through a systemic, strength-focused and non-pathologizing lens, working hard to be thoughtful and calm when assessing how each person’s perspective and context blend to shape their reality. André has seen firsthand how the participation of all members in a system can be instrumental in adjusting unproductive patterns to expand possibilities, ultimately creating lasting growth and change. In this way, families leave treatment hopeful and capable of handling life’s many stressors after investing time and effort into a process not dissimilar to physical therapy. Whatever children and families are struggling with, André looks forward to engaging them to advance past it, onto the next stage in their journeys. In his free time, he enjoys building igloos, meditating, hiking, camping and chasing his kittens around his small apartment while they destroy his plants.
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.
Katie began her journey with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2019 as a Master of Social
Work Intern. Currently, she is a primary therapist at Fairfield, CT’s adolescent residential mental health treatment facility. Katie graduated with her master’s degree in social work from Fairfield University, receiving a concentration in sexual and gender minority mental health. Before this, Katie received her bachelor’s degree in women’s, gender and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University, having interned at the Ohio Statehouse through the Women in Policy program, and having successfully created and leading a task force responsible for implementing gender inclusive housing at The Ohio State University. Katie is a dynamic and down to earth mental health professional, passionate about providing young people and their families the tools to reduce suffering and inspire hope. When Katie is not at work, she is rock climbing, traveling, looking for her new favorite restaurant and spending time with loved ones.
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).