Center for Discovery Paramus outpatient is a treatment center located 30 minutes from Manhattan that treats patients of all genders and ages who are in need of eating disorder therapy in an outpatient setting. The Paramus location serves patients in the New York City, northern New Jersey, central New Jersey, Westchester and Rockland county areas. 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, patients 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.
The treatment team at Center for Discovery Paramus is trained in trained in yoga therapy and art therapy to support the mind and body connection; both of which are important aspects in eating disorder recovery.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to BCBS – Empire Blue, Beacon Health Options (Value Options)- GHI & MVP incl., Fortified Provider Network (FPN), Humana (Life Sync), Multi-Plan and UNICARE – Beacon HS. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Adults and adolescents participate in separate programs to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for each age group. The treatment team always ensures that there are plenty of essential oils, puzzles, art supplies and games so patients can have healthy stress outlets so they can practice positive coping skills during their recovery.
MEET THE TEAM
Linda Mullin is a board certified licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor with extensive expertise in operational and crisis management. Linda’s breadth of clinical work includes serving individuals, groups and families in community, outpatient, hospital inpatient, and private settings. Her approach is to aid individuals to live their best life possible in spite of their fears, regain control and repair what is most important to them. She believes wholeheartedly in the human connection and our ability to help one another through life’s challenges and to celebrate one another’s successes.
Linda imparts Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) enhanced by evidence-based frameworks of CPT, TEAM, and EFT for the treatment of trauma, panic & phobia, OCD, social anxiety, general anxiety, anger, and depression. As an enhancement to her therapeutic services, she is also trained in therapeutic hypnosis.
Nicolette Bernabeu is a Lead Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Marywood
University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. After graduation, she
then became a Dietetic Technician. Nicolette completed her dietetic internship through
Marywood University’s distance internship program whose concentration was health
promotion and wellness. Nicolette is an active member of both the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics and New Jersey’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nicolette is excited
to be able to her share passion for nutrition here at Center for Discovery.
Samantha Kral is the Sr. Milieu Manager at Center for Discovery. Samantha earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Rutgers University New Brunswick. Prior to working for Center for Discovery, Samantha worked at Penn Medicine Princeton Health as a Dining Coordinator in the dietary office. Samantha appreciates her time at Penn Medicine working directly under qualified registered dietitians because through that, she has gained years of experience in providing quality care to patients with specific dietary restrictions and in some cases, eating disorders.
As the Sr. Milieu Manager, Samantha handles the day to day operations and administrative management of the Paramus facility. Samantha truly loves lending a helping hand and enjoys utilizing her dietary background to assist clients and her team when she can. Samantha’s approach to program is building a strong community through experiences, respect for one another, and laughter. Samantha is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of each client’s road to recovery and looks forward to growing even further with Center for Discovery in the future.
Cara Cuccinello is a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery, Paramus. Cara earned her Bachelor’s degree majoring in Psychology, minoring in Sociology from Rutgers University. Following that, she earned a Master’s degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, specializing in clinical practice, with emphasis in mental and behavioral health. During her education she had an opportunity to grow her skill working in the areas of social-emotional development, behavioral healthcare, and eating disorder populations.
Cara has experience with the eating disorder population in various settings including inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care. She aims to provide clients with the calm and validating atmosphere needed for a positive therapeutic relationship and to promote change. Cara engages clients in a variety of ways best suited to one’s unique needs, but consistently incorporates lessons of acceptance, self-awareness, and skills to live an emotionally balanced lifestyle. It is important to Cara that her clients feel heard, valued, and safe to explore and express themselves. She hopes her clients conclude their treatment having developed a sense of confidence and resilience, identifying more closely with their healthy-self than with the eating disorder, and excited to experience the true joy of recovery.
Cathy Lane joins Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program as the Clinical Outreach Representative for New Jersey. She has dedicated the entirety of her professional career to the treatment of eating disorders, having held leadership positions in admissions and outreach over the past decade. Cathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey.
With a caring, patient heart and detail-oriented mind, Cathy’s goal is to create a path to recovery for those struggling with eating disorders by sharing what makes our Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program programs unique and assuring access to these services is as seamless as possible for the members of our community.
Cathy proudly lives near our beautiful New Jersey beaches with her husband and two boys, and enjoys crocheting, camping, and making sure each day includes a little bit of sunshine.
John Chipman is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the Center for Discovery Outpatient Facility in Paramus. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from Montclair State University. He attended College of Saint Elizabeth for his joint Master program and dietetic internship and also an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
John has experience working with many different populations of all different ages. He provides patient-centered medical nutrition therapy in both the acute inpatient and outpatient settings at Englewood Health. John is also an adjunct professor at Eastwick College educating future nurses on Nutrition 101.
John is trained in motivational interviewing as it relates to nutrition and intuitive eating. He is so excited to be part of this multidisciplinary team and work together for the benefit of clients.
Emelia is a diet technician at the Center for Discovery (CFD) outpatient facility in Paramus with a goal of becoming a registered dietitian in a community and public health setting. Emelia received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown NJ and is pursuing her Master of Public Health degree in nutrition. Emelia has a passion for helping people improve their relationship with food as they learn how to use nutrition to improve their quality of life. She is excited about assisting clients in this regard and encouraging positive health behaviors and overall well-being. Prior to CFD, Emelia has worked in various food and nutrition roles, at North Central Bronx Hospital and as a dietitian’s assistant, where she conducted healthy living and outreach programs for children, adolescents and adults. She works at New York Edge as a wellness coordinator developing wellness and fitness programs throughout the New York Edge after-school program. Emelia loves swimming, scuba diving, collecting seashells and bringing nature indoors by recreating the look of an island bungalow in her home.
Kathleen “Katie” McLaren is an associate therapist at Center for Discovery, Paramus. Katie earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Sacred Heart University. Following that, she earned her master’s in counseling psychology from Felician University. She has a multitude of experience working in the realm of eating disorder treatment, beginning with her fieldwork completed at the Center for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing at St. Joseph’s Health. Katie has significant experience working in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, residential and inpatient levels of care. Professionally, she has maintained a focus in the treatment of eating disorders working with adolescents and adults alike, as well as people of all genders.
Katie takes an optimistic, client-centered, empowering approach to help clients lean into their discomfort and build tolerance to difficult emotions and experiences. Katie is pursuing licensure as a professional counselor in the state of New Jersey during her time at Center for Discovery. She aims to provide all her clients with the tools of self-compassion, radical acceptance and self-awareness as they navigate through recovery from an eating disorder.
Kristin is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. After graduation, she then 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 pediatric care, public health and intuitive eating during her studies. Kristin is an active member of both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and New Jersey’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kristin is excited to support patients and share her passion for both Intuitive Eating and Health and Every Size ® here at Center for Discovery.
Melanie Daniel, MS
Melanie is a dietetic technician at Center for Discovery’s Greenwich Outpatient Program. Melanie earned her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition science with a concentration in dietetics from Montclair State University. She obtained a master’s degree in community nutrition and public health from Saint Elizabeth University, where she also completed her dietetic internship. In addition, Melanie is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It was during her masters coursework that Melanie became passionate about intuitive eating and the non-diet “Health at Every Size ® (HAES ®)” approach. Through her education and experiences in nutrition, Melanie found her calling for helping others to develop and sustain a positive relationship with food. Melanie is working towards becoming a registered dietitian and hopes to become a certified intuitive-eating counselor.
COVID-19 Update: Online telehealth is offered for intensive outpatient treatment as an option to patients living in California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas.
In-person intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization is also offered at this location. Residential treatment continues to be offered at our residential facilities for individuals in need of a higher level of care. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.