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Gender-Inclusive Eating Disorder Treatment

Transgender Awareness Week Is Nov. 13-19

Support the Community: It’s a Win-Win

Center for Discovery strives to shed light on the issues faced by the transgender community so they can get the help and care they deserve—which includes eating disorder treatment. To recognize Transgender Awareness Week, we are proudly sponsoring Clearly Clinical’s new free education course for professionals, “Providing Inclusive, Respectful Care to Your Gender Questioning, Transgender, & Nonbinary Clients”.

Additionally, to show our gratitude for your interest in the community and this education course, we are giving away a beautiful fall basket to one lucky winner! Enter your name and email address for a chance to win.*

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*By entering your name and email address, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Privacy Policy. You may enter the contest starting November 12, 2020. The contest ends on November 26, 2020. All entries must be received on or before the time stated during the submission period. Each entry will be placed into the drawing once. The randomized drawing will pick one winner on or around November 30, 2020. You must be 18 years or older and live within the United States to be eligible to win.

Gender-Inclusive Eating Disorder Recovery for Real Life

At Center for Discovery, we know that providing effective eating disorder treatment means also providing gender affirmative treatment. We continuously strive to create treatment environments where gender-diverse patients feel seen, included and supported on their recovery journey.

Meet Our Senior Coordinator of Gender Affirmative Care

Vaughn Darst, MS, RD, is our senior coordinator of Gender Affirmative Care, who serves all gender-diverse and gender-questioning patients as an extended treatment team member by providing clinical training and consultation, direct patient care and care coordination as needed.

Vaughn (he/they) is a transgender nonbinary registered dietitian who specializes in treating eating disorders among under-served populations, including gender-diverse teens and adults, high-weight individuals and neurodivergent youth. Vaughn received his MS in nutrition from USC, and his BA in critical theory and cultural studies with a concentration in transgender studies from Scripps College. Vaughn works collaboratively with patients to establish a nourishing relationship between food and their body. Vaughn is also a public speaker and educator, and his TEDx Talk, “In a World That Is Wrong About Us,” addresses the unique concerns of patients for whom disordered eating manifests at the intersection of gender, fatness, food and identity.

Get to Know Our Eating Disorder Program

Hands-On Dietary Program: The exposure-based dietary program prepares patients to successfully translate the skills learned in treatment to their home and community. Our program includes personalized menu planning, hands-on kitchen skills education, meal preparation, therapeutic family meals and personalized exposure-based outings. Center for Discovery’s dietary philosophy is grounded in Health at Every Size® principles and Intuitive Eating.

Customized Treatment: Patients receive individual treatment that targets the underlying genetic and environmental factors contributing to their disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), trauma-informed therapies and exposure & response prevention (ERP) provide a comprehensive and holistic treatment experience.

Mindful Body: We proudly embrace Health at Every Size, which promotes an inclusive, safe and respectful community. We support individuals in all bodies accessing considerate care and finding recovery. We encourage individuals to identify compassionate and intuitive ways to take care of their minds and bodies.

We Are Here for You

If you are struggling or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, we are here for you. Center for Discovery’s gender-inclusive program can help any individual find their way to lasting recovery.

For more information and resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 866.482.3876.

What is Gender Diversity?

According to, gender diversity “refers to the extent to which a person’s gender identity, role, or expression differs from the cultural norms prescribed for people of a particular sex.”

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

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Put yourself first this holiday season by getting eating disorder treatment at Center for Discovery.

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