For 25 years, Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program has provided compassionate and evidence-based mental health disorder treatment to those in need. We are pleased to bring this quality care to the DMA facility that’s situated in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Serving adults of all genders (and soon adolescent patients of all genders), we are eager to support and work with the people in this region, as well as help anyone coming from Chicagoland, Michigan or across the country.
We are committed to being good partners in the community by building relationships with the patients and their support systems who walk through our doors. And when we recognize that a patient is in need of a higher level of care, we are always willing to collaborate with the expert mental health disorder providers in Wisconsin and surrounding states.
Our 24-bed (12 beds for mental health disorders; 12 beds for eating disorders) residential center in Milwaukee is either walking distance or a simple bus ride from various higher education schools, such as Marquette University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Milwaukee Area Technical College. We understand many young people struggle with mental health disorders, so we want to make it easy on them with being in close proximity to universities. For those traveling from outside the state, we are less than nine miles from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.
Building ESTEEM™ with Evidence-Based Treatment
Our Discovery ESTEEM SystemTM provides individualized care to help patients develop the skills and confidence they need to create the life they want. Along with customized care, we employ a variety of evidence-based modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and more. Here, patients benefit from one-on-one therapeutic support as well as group sessions in an encouraging environment of peers where they can safely practice new ways of coping that are transferable to home. Patients are exposed to experiential therapies, which includes music and art, for a well-rounded experience. Lastly, family therapy is also available.
Patients can also expect programs after treatment, such as:
- Aftercare to facilitate transitions and challenges post-discharge.
- A customized Discovery app to provide information, resources and a community of support for family members.
- Discovery alumni online support groups, in-person and virtual events for family members and patients to assist in post-discharge transition and provide an ongoing support system to facilitate long-term recovery.
Preferred In-Network Provider
Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program is a preferred provider with most major insurance companies. Our team of experienced insurance verification specialists will confirm not only if the level of care you are seeking is covered by your policy but also determine what, if any, out of pocket cost you would incur. Reach out to the team today to verify your coverage.
MEET THE TEAM
Alyssa is a native Texan who moved to Milwaukee. She attended Sam Houston State University where she obtained her degree in Psychology. Alyssa joined the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with her dog. She is super excited for her role as milieu manager.
Amanda has been at the Center for Discovery and Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since January 2022. She is the CEO for the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, location. The Milwaukee location provides residential and outpatient services for adolescents and adults impacted by eating disorders, depression and anxiety. Amanda is an advanced practice social worker. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. Amanda has been working in the mental health field since 1998. She’s passionate about access to care and servant leadership. When Amanda is not at work, she spends time with her family which consists of her husband, their three children and their three dogs.
Gretchen Ekins, MSW, LCSW (she/her)
Gretchen has been working with the Discovery Mood & Anxiety program since 2022. Gretchen works out of the Milwaukee facility, overseeing clinical staff for RTC, PHP & IOP. She has worked in human services since 1997 and since 2016 in the mental health field, both in direct care roles and operational leadership. Gretchen holds bachelor and graduate degrees in social work and is fully licensed in the state of Wisconsin. One of her strengths is allowing individuals to have a safe space to learn and grow about themselves and the world around them while offering much needed validation. When not at work, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her family, friends & dogs, creating art, or spending time outdoors gardening, relaxing or reading.