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Personalized Eating Disorder Treatment in South Bay Los Angeles

Personalized Eating Disorder Treatment in South Bay Los Angeles

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Eating Disorder Treatment in South Bay Los Angeles, CA

Center For Discovery is a world-class, joint commission accredited and state licensed eating disorder intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP)  located in the heart of Torrance, CA.  Our treatment location is on the 3rd floor of a beautiful business center across from the famed Del Amo Fashion Mall.  The South Bay Outpatient program began their mission to provide treatment to the Torrance, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Carson communities as well as other neighboring cities in 2018, becoming the only eating disorder treatment center in the South Bay Area.  

Benefits of these levels of care and distinct programs include:

  • Trauma Focused CBT, EMDR
  • Support from peer community
  • Family therapy and family support
  • Multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Weekly collaboration with eating disorder specialists
  • Customized Dietary Program 
  • Meal planning and supervision
  • Individual, group, and family therapy 
  • Age-Specific Treatment (separate programs for adults and adolescents)
  • Nutrition science and specialized therapies groups 

Eating Disorder Treatment in South Bay Los Angeles, CA

Center For Discovery is a world-class, joint commission accredited and state licensed eating disorder intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP)  located in the heart of Torrance, CA.  Our treatment location is on the 3rd floor of a beautiful business center across from the famed Del Amo Fashion Mall.  The South Bay Outpatient program began their mission to provide treatment to the Torrance, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Carson communities as well as other neighboring cities in 2018, becoming the only eating disorder treatment center in the South Bay Area.  

Benefits of these levels of care and distinct programs include:

  • Customized Dietary Program 
  • Meal planning and supervision
  • Individual, group, and family therapy 
  • Age-Specific Treatment (separate programs for adults and adolescents)
  • Nutrition science and specialized therapies groups 
  • Trauma Focused CBT, EMDR
  • Support from peer community
  • Family therapy and family support
  • Multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Weekly collaboration with eating disorder specialists

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Treatment Program Overview

Intensive ​O​utpatient ​T​reatment (IOP)

Intensive outpatient treatment ​is approximately nine hours of group and/or individual therapy per week which is ​typically ​divided up into three-hour sessions three evenings to five evenings a week for 12-16 weeks duration. IOP is suitable for individuals who ​tend to be ​high​er​ functioning​,​ who ​may be​ employed or​ in school fulltime and​ have a social ​support system thereby allowing clients to ​practice and ​maintain their ​skills throughout the week. Individuals in IOP ​may have successfully completed a more intensive program such as residential treatment (RTC) or partial hospitalization (PHP) and are transitioning to a lower level of care but are not yet ready to ​go to traditional outpatient therapy which is 1-2 sessions (one to two hours per week). ​S​ome individuals are recommended by their therapist to attend IOP without going through a higher level of care ​if their eating disorder​ is​ mild​er​ in severity.

Partial ​H​ospitalization ​Program ​(PHP)

Partial hospitalization is a higher level of care than IOP, meaning that clients need more ​support and supervision​ in order​ ​to successfully manage and treat their eating disorder​ and any co-occurring mental health condition​. PHP is still an outpatient level of care since clients do not ​reside at the treatment center but rather go home after a full day of therapy. ​Our ​Partial Hospital​ization or day treatment​ program ​is offered up to ​six days a week​ 6 hours of clinical programming per day​. Frequency of visits and number of hours depends on the individual’s needs. Typically, clients in PHP receive more group and individual or family therapy per week than clients in intensive outpatient and may have regular consultations with the psychiatrist for medication evaluation and monitoring. Average length of stay is 3-4 weeks though depends on severity of symptoms and progress in treatment. 

Binge Eating Disorder Program

Center For Discovery offers specialized Binge Eating Disorder Treatment utilizing the principles of intuitive eating and health at every size. Discovery does not promote recovery through weight loss, is weight inclusive, stands for body acceptance and creates a safe space for clients to heal from the effects of weight stigma. 

What We Do

Understand that eating disorders come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and cultures


Promote recovery by changing behaviors associated with binge eating


Provide a safe space to help heal internalized weight stigma


Inspire clients to find their recovery voice

What We Don't Do

Judge an individuals health or eating disorder based on their body, gender or culture


Promote recovery through weight loss


Perpetuate implicit biases related to weight


Support one idea of what recovery looks like

Path To Peace With Food

Path To Peace With Food, founded on Intuitive Eating and mindfulness principles, is designed to bridge the gap between disordered and attuned eating.  Binges can be chaotic and leave one feeling out of control and disconnected from their body.  Path To Peace With Food teaches the skills to move toward compassion, awareness, and freedom.

Intuitive Eating

Intuitive Eating practices empower clients to trust their body’s hunger and fullness cues, instead of using external rules and numbers that come with dieting practices, to nourish their bodies.

Health At Every Size® (HAES)

HAES is a paradigm that supports individuals adopting healthy behaviors for well being and not for weight loss/management/control.

Weight Inclusive Approach

The Discovery Difference in treating Binge Eating Disorder is simple: Create an inclusive environment where all bodies are safe and free from judgement by clients and professionals alike.   

Center For Discovery South Bay Los Angeles

21515 Hawthorne Blvd #370 Torrance, CA 90503 512.598.6073

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Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER

Dawn Delgado, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an EMDR trained trauma specialist. She holds both her CEDS, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and CEDS-S Supervisor designation through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Dawn has dedicated herself to working with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues for over 15 years.

In addition, to her lengthy tenure at Center For Discovery, she has directed and been instrumental in developing residential, partial hospitalization/day treatment, intensive outpatient, and transitional living programs. Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she incorporates this form of trauma treatment in her private practice, Inspire Evolve, and into the clinical programming at Center For Discovery. An active member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), she is a former chair member of the Los Angeles chapter. Dawn has a passion for yoga and travel and has served as a consultant to clinics and hospitals in Bali, Singapore, Java, and Dubai.

Jessica Harris, MA, LMFT

Jessica Harris, MA, LMFT

WEST COAST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EATING DISORDER OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Jessica Harris graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She obtained her Masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Over the past 5 years, she has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings. Prior to joining the Center For Discovery team, Jessica worked as the Program Manager of a Residential Treatment Center treating adult women with eating disorders.

She has additional experience working with eating disorders at the inpatient, partial and outpatient level of care treating adult and adolescent men and women. During her graduate studies, Jessica worked as a developmental therapist with special needs children and their families assisting them in supporting their child’s communication, relational and social skills needs.  Jessica uses a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy.  She is passionate about providing individualized and group support in the IOP setting.

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF ED OUTPATIENT SERVICES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Cyndi Pulsinelli obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in San Diego, California. She also holds undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Civic Leadership. She is a passionate clinician who believes in helping individuals and families acknowledge their authenticity while finding balance in the family system.

She practices using evidence based treatment modalities including DBT and CBT, while cultivating hope through a strengths-based approach. She has experience working with a broad range of issues including eating disorders, grief and loss, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, family struggles, PTSD, and crisis intervention.

Cyndi has worked at Discovery’s residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient centers in Del Mar, Newport Beach, and La Jolla; where she worked as primary therapist and support staff. She provided individual, family, and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults with eating disorders and dual diagnosis. During her graduate studies, she worked for San Diego Hospice as a bereavement counselor, providing psychotherapy to individuals and families through their bereavement journeys. While also working for the San Diego Police Department as a Crisis Interventionist for several years, offering psychological first-aid to victims and witnesses who have experienced trauma. Cyndi currently serves as a volunteer Chaplin for the Office of Emergency Services of San Diego County, providing counseling services to first-responders and victims in emergency situations.

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

WEST COAST SUPERVISOR OF OUTPATIENT DIETARY SERVICES

Kacy earned her bachelor’s of science in Clinical Nutrition and minor in Psychology from the University of New Jersey, Davis and went on to earn her master’s of science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition from New Jersey State University Northridge. To complement her education in nutrition, Kacy obtained a certificate in personal training from the American Council on Exercise.

Essentially by accident Kacy found a way to combine all her areas of interest and education when she began working as a Diet Tech in 2009 at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center. Once Kacy completed her dietetic internship through CSUN, she became a Registered Dietitian at ANJ and worked with adults and adolescents at the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial day treatment (PDT) levels of care. In Early 2014 Kacy began working Center For Discovery where she now finds fulfilment working in adolescent residential and adult Outpatient eating disorder treatment. Kacy also maintains a private practice, The Shameless Eater, in Westwood, Ca and is serving as secretary of Behavioral Health and Nutrition dietetic practice group for the 2014-2016 term.

Emily Walkley, MA, LMFT, APCC

Emily Walkley, MA, LMFT, APCC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Emily Walkley is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been working in the eating disorder field for over five years. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University, as well as two Master of Arts degrees from Pepperdine University (General Psychology and Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy). Emily began her training in the treatment of eating disorders working as a recovery coach in a residential facility for adolescent and adult women. Since then, she has held many positions in both residential and day treatment facilities working with a diverse population of men and women of all ages. Over the years, she has gained experience in treatment planning and client advocacy, as well as providing individual and group therapy to clients and families in all stages of the recovery process.

In addition to her training in family systems and cognitive behavioral modalities, Emily is truly a humanist at heart, placing a great deal of value on personal experience and working to aid clients in freeing themselves from limitations and understanding authentic life goals. She likes to take an integrative, solution-focused approach to therapy, building on clients’ unique strengths, circumstances, and resources to implement changes to reach preferred futures. Emily’s warm and humorous, yet straightforward, nature provides a safe space for clients to challenge their eating disorders and strengthen their healthy selves. In addition to her role at Center for Discovery, Emily provides individual outpatient treatment in her private practice.

 

Carolyn Hersh, LCSW

Carolyn Hersh, LCSW

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Carolyn Hersh is the Primary Therapist at Center For Discovery South Bay House. Carolyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. Before joining the Center For Discovery team, Carolyn worked in private practice with a focus on eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, mood and anxiety disorders.

Carolyn’s goal as a clinician here at Center For Discovery is to support her clients and provide them with tools that will help them onto a successful path of recovery. Carolyn believes it is important to start with where the client is at and utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions depending on the needs of her clients. Some of these therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Carolyn’s approach stems from empathy and compassion. She is dedicated and passionate about working in this field. Carolyn hopes that her passion resonates through to her clients and their families.

Nikki Ferguson, RD

Nikki Ferguson, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Nikki Ferguson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Immediately after graduating Cum Laude she was accepted to Nutrition Ink dietetic internship program with an emphasis in medical nutrition therapy completing rotations at Center for Discovery, Riverside Community Hospital, and Irvine Unified School District. As an intern with Center for Discovery Nikki found her passion working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders in both partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings at Center for Discovery. After completing her internship and becoming a licensed Registered Dietitian in both the US and Canada, Nikki officially joined the Center for Discovery team to support clients in meeting their nutritional needs and guiding them on their path to recovery through a nonjudgmental, empathetic, client-centered approach. Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors and furthering her education.

Dr. Priti Sahgal, MD

Dr. Priti Sahgal, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Priti Sahgal earned her Bachelor of Science from Osmania University in the city of Hyderabad, India and her Medicinae Doctor from JJM Medical College’s Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in the city of Davangere, India. Dr. Sahgal completed her Residency and Fellowship at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, and has been a part of the Center for Discovery family for four years.

Dr. Sahgal specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, attention-deficit disorders, and eating disorders in both adolescents and adults. She enjoys the challenge of eating disorder treatment due to the complex play of family dynamics, medical complications, and individual needs in each case. Due to this complexity, Dr. Sahgal prefers to treat eating disordered clients through Center for Discovery’s comprehensive treatment team approach in order to meet their needs more effectively than is possible in the pure outpatient setting.

Ryan Scanlon, BS

Ryan Scanlon, BS

FACILITY COORDINATOR

Ryan holds a B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University in Bronx, NY. He has worked in several capacities in the mental health and social service industries, including adult and adolescent residential treatment, outpatient intake, and youth community center counseling. He has been working with Center for Discovery since December 2017. Ryan’s goal is to transform how mental health is viewed and accessed in the U.S. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A., specializing in Healthcare Administration, at California State University Long Beach.

Austin Bou

Austin Bou

Diet Tech
Alexandra Armas, AMFT

Alexandra Armas, AMFT

Program Therapist

"The staff and therapists are wonderful, I do believe that they truly care about their patients and support them and their families on the road to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with and eating disorder, I highly recommend Center for Discovery."

Ruth R.
Discovery Alumni

"The staff and therapists are wonderful, I do believe that they truly care about their patients and support them and their families on the road to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with and eating disorder, I highly recommend Center for Discovery."

Ruth R.
Discovery Alumni

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Why Choose Discovery?

Joint Commission Partnership

The Joint Commission asked Discovery to help set the national standards for residential mental health and eating disorder treatment


20 Years Of Success

Discovery has established a legacy of success for over 20 years


Personalized Care

Discovery values personalized care so we purposely limit our milieus to a small number of clients treated at one time


Feinstein Institute Partnership

Center For Discovery partnered with the Feinstein Institute of Biomedical Research for the analysis of Discovery's treatment outcomes


Gender Inclusive and Gender Specific

Center For Discovery offers gender inclusive and gender-specific treatment with separate programming for adolescents and adults


Family Support

Discovery keeps the family and support system involved every step of the way


Nationwide Locations

Center For Discovery offers nationwide, accredited, and state licensed locations so clients and families don't have to travel far for specialized treatment


Holistic Treatment

Discovery specializes in treating and resolving underlying and co-occurring conditions


Support in Recovery

Discovery offers free resources including weekly support groups, a recovery app, free screenings, and treatment scholarships


Health At Every Size

Discovery embraces Health at Every Size principles which create an inclusive and respectful community and supports people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves


BEDA and IFEDD Members

Discovery staff includes members of the Binge Eating Disorder Assocation (BEDA) and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians


IADEP Leadership

Discovery staff includes Presidents, Chapter Directors, and Secretaries for the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals

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