Center for Discovery Beverly Hills is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center for patients of all genders and all ages who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. The Beverly Hills IOP/PHP treatment facility is located in Los Angeles California and serves all of Southern California. It opened in July 2014 and is conveniently located in the heart of Beverly Hills on the corner of Wilshire Blvd and La Cienega in a beautiful historical building with views of the Hollywood Hills and surrounding areas. There is free covered guest parking beneath the building and validation is provided. 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, clients 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.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Employee Health Network (EHN), Kaiser (So Cal), MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC), OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH) and UNICARE – Beacon HS. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Our therapists at Beverly Hills are trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and specialize in providing therapy to patients who have a history of trauma. The team has over 15 years of combined experience working with eating disorders and provides yoga movement therapy, psychodrama instruction and incorporates the Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy to all aspects of their eating disorder practice.
MEET THE TEAM
Brendan Bonner, LMFT
Brendan is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, where he earned a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, then going on to the Southern California Counseling Center where he was trained in Family Systems, EMDR and the Trauma Resiliency Model. He has worked in various eating disorder treatment centers at different levels of care. He also has a private practice in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles.
Brendan brings his passion for growth and transformation to his work where he gets to engage clients in exploring how we make meaning of our lives in relation to our world, especially examining how external forces such as social influence, familial and cultural histories might influence the stories we tell and come to identify with.
Paige Handler, RD
Paige Handler is a Registered Dietitian and Certificated Lactation Educator (CLE). She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Drama and Psychology from Vassar College and completed her Didactic Program in Dietetics at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. Paige expects to complete her Master’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences by the end of 2017. During her graduate studies, Paige created a thesis project based on increasing eating disorder knowledge amongst adolescents through theater and education. Prior to joining the team at Center for Discovery, Paige gained her clinical experience as an intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Paige adheres to the All Foods Fit Philosophy and enjoys helping clients find their own path to recovery by creating a healthy relationship with food. She works with both adolescent and adult clients on setting and achieving their individual goals while focusing on the principles of intuitive eating.
She is a member of the Los Angeles Dietetic Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Vaughn Darst, MS RD
Vaughn Darst is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in eating disorders among under-served populations, including transgender and nonbinary individuals, large-bodied individuals, and neurodivergent youth. Vaughn received his MS in Nutrition from the USC, and his BA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, with a concentration in Transgender Studies, from Scripps College. Prior to joining Center for Discovery, Vaughn completed two fellowships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, gaining clinical experience in adolescent medicine and family-centered care for children with neurodevelopmental delay. Vaughn also served as a Health Educator in the Cal State System for over a decade before moving into eating disorder treatment.
Vaughn’s main areas of focus are intuitive eating, Health at Every Size®, and body liberation advocacy. He seeks to work collaboratively with clients to establish a nourishing relationship to food and their body. Vaughn owns a private practice in Los Angeles, serving primarily queer, transgender and gender diverse clients with disordered eating and body image concerns. His TEDx Talk, “In a World That is Wrong About Us,” addresses the unique concerns of clients for whom their eating disorder exists at the intersection of gender, fatness, food, and identity.
Whitney trained as a dancer from age four and began training in aerial arts in 2007, after graduating UCLA with a Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major. Yoga was the perfect complement for the huge physical and mental toll that aerial and dance took on Whitney’s body, and she wanted to share the amazing benefits of yoga with everyone in the community.
Now she is certified in Bikram, Hot Fusion yoga, aerial fitness, aerial yoga and has her 200RYT for Vinyasa. She has taught yoga at COACHELLA (and most recently Desert Trip) for six years. She also leads AIR Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats nationwide. Join Whitney for her yoga class and you will be sure to stretch and smile. Your soul will thank you.
This location provides free in person eating disorder support groups on Thursdays 7:00PM. We also have a handful of free online support groups. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.
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.