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Del Mar, CA

Del Mar Adult Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
11455 El Camino Real, Suite 360
San Diego, CA 92130
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 18+

GET IN TOUCH CALL 866.482.3876

GET HELP

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.

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Center for Discovery Del Mar is an eating disorder outpatient treatment center that serves all genders age 18 and over. We also have a specialized program for binge eating disorder (BED). The Del Mar treatment center is located in North County San Diego, near Del Mar and La Jolla and is centrally located by major freeways, beaches, community colleges, universities and tourist landmarks. This eating disorder treatment center opened in January 2016 and offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)exposure & response prevention (ERP)dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, all patients have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through various activities, as well as art therapy. Discovery’s specialized BED program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Aetna/Shaller Anderson/GHC/First Health/Auto/WorkersComp, Beacon Health Options (Value Options)- GHI & MVP incl., Humana (Life Sync), Multi-Plan, and OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH). Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.

Staff members at this facility are grounded in body image and personal identity work. Members of the treatment team have unique experience in all levels of care, aiding the support for patients in getting them into the appropriate level of care.

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Emily Walkley, MA, LMFT, APCC

Emily Walkley, MA, LMFT, APCC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emily Walkley is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been working in the eating disorder field since 2012. She earned a Bachelor 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 as Program Director of the Del Mar Outpatient facility, Emily also serves as Executive Director in the San Diego region, supporting the residential facilities in La Jolla and Del Mar.

Susan Zelenak, RD

Susan Zelenak, RD

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Susan Zelenak is a Registered Dietitian who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from San Diego State University. She then went on to complete her Dietetic internship through Utah State University and is currently completing her Master’s degree from Utah State with an emphasis on Dietetic Management. Susan has worked with adolescent and adult clients in Residential and outpatient settings since 2017. Susan takes pride in creating a space for individualized care centered on Intuitive Eating principles and being aligned with Health at Every Size® approach. Susan is currently obtaining her CEDRD certification and is the Secretary on the board of IAEDP, San Diego chapter.

Sara Burris

Sara Burris

FACILITY COORDINATOR

Sara Burris has a passion for health and wellness which is what brought her to Center for Discovery. Sara began her journey with Discovery in one of Connecticut’s eating disorder adolescent residential programs. She started as a diet technician while enrolled in Gateway Community College’s Nutrition & Dietetics program. She then joined the team at the outpatient facility in New Haven, Connecticut to further her career as a Facility Coordinator. After two years with Center for Discovery, Sara made the big move cross country to continue her journey in the Facility Coordinator role with the Del Mar team. Sara will continue to pursue her education in California with a focus on health and wellness, utilizing a focus on naturopathic medicine. Her long-term goal is to enroll in naturopathic medical school and continue to assist clients towards their recovery.

As the Facility Coordinator, Sara handles daily operations including administrative duties, research, clinical documentation, and customer service. Sara continues to strive to keep the clients and staff safe while keeping the facility a place they can call home.

Dr. Cristina Barolet Garcia

Dr. Cristina Barolet Garcia

Psychiatrist

Dr. Garcia is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist who has dedicated her professional career to helping children, parents, and families manage their emotional wellness. An integral part of the multidisciplinary treatment team at Center for Discovery – Del Mar Outpatient, Dr. Garcia works closely with clients in the PHP program to support them in their recovery process.

Dr. Garcia believes in treating the whole person and offers an integrative style of medicine that blends thorough assessments while incorporating a family dynamic and wholistic perspective. Dr. Garcia works closely with the entire treatment team to tailor each client’s treatment plan to best fit their individualized goals.

Dr. Garcia’s areas of training include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, gifted children, PTSD, eating disorders, learning disorders, grief, crisis management, trauma, early childhood behaviors, and school concerns for ages preschool to college.  Her interests include infant mental health, early childhood mental, women’s issues, young adult transitions, and relationship concerns.  Dr. Garcia trained in the USC Maternal Mental Health clinic, thus has a passion for working with mothers during and after pregnancy to encourage bonding and attachment with their newborns and toddlers.

She attended medical school at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, completed residency at University of Southern California LAC+USC Medical Center, and completed fellowship at University of California San Diego at Rady Children’s Hospital.  She has been in private practice in La Jolla since 2017.

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Clinical Advisor

Cyndi Pulsinelli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who serves as the Clinical Supervisor on the Del Mar Outpatient and La Jolla Residential teams. As Clinical Supervisor, she provides supervision and oversight to clinical interns on the treatment teams. Cyndi obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in San Diego and also holds undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Civic Leadership.

Cyndi has worked with Center for Discovery since 2013, holding positions at residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care as Primary Therapist and Program Director, as well as serving as the Southern California Regional Director of Eating Disorder Outpatient Programs.

Outside of her Clinical Supervisor role, Cyndi has a private practice specializing in treating individuals with eating disorders and trauma. The heart of her practice is the very essence of equipping individuals and families to live a life where they thrive. To thrive is a means of growth, to flourish, revive, change-state or turn.

Cyndi practices using evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, ERP, DBT, and CBT, while cultivating hope through a strengths-based approach. Over the years, Cyndi has had experience working with a broad range of issues including eating disorders, body image, grief and loss, perinatal loss, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, family struggles, PTSD, and crisis intervention.

Christine Capuano, MA, APCC

Christine Capuano, MA, APCC

NEUROCENTER LEAD

Christine Capuano is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and currently nearing the completion of supervised clinical hours for her LPCC. She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies at Chapman University. Initially passionate about forensic and criminal psychology, she participated in research on the testimonial accuracy of child witnesses. She received a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego and shifted focus from forensics to eating disorders once hired with Discovery. While attending USD, she helped create an assessment tool to screen for eating disorder relapse during pregnancy.

Christine has been part of the Discovery team since the opening of Del Mar’s Residential Treatment Center in November 2014, where she began working as a counselor. She completed her practicum traineeship at Del Mar RTC, during which she piloted a program on individual DBT skill training. She utilizes narrative, felt a sense, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help clients work toward repairing the brain-body connection that can become disrupted when struggling with an eating disorder. She plans to start EMDR training by summer 2019. Outside of work, she enjoys singing and playing the piano.

Liz Hardeman-Fikes, MA, AMFT

Liz Hardeman-Fikes, MA, AMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Elizabeth Hardeman-Fikes is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who has been working in the eating disorder field for the past several years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Westmont College, and graduated with her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. 

 

Elizabeth has experience working with adolescents and adults, and has received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and family systems modalities. In addition to her work with eating disorders, Elizabeth has experience treating individuals with a variety of diagnoses, including anxiety, OCD, major depressive disorder, and ADHD. Elizabeth is passionate about using a strength-based and client-centered approach. Outside of work, she enjoys playing guitar and spending time outdoors.

Emily Andersen, AMFT, APCC

Emily Andersen, AMFT, APCC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Emily Andersen is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC).  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and graduated with her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

Emily has experience working with adults struggling with substance abuse and primary mental health concerns at detox, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.  She also has experience working with men and women with eating disorders, as well as treating individuals with a variety of diagnoses and comorbid disorders including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, body dysmorphia, bipolar disorders, and personality disorders.

Emily is passionate about working with clients with eating disorders. She integrates Health at Every Size, Anti-Diet, and Intuitive Eating into her therapeutic approach with clients and is passionate about using a strengths-based, client-centered approach.  Emily believes that every client is different and therefore will have different needs in therapy and likes to pull from multiple therapy modalities including family systems, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys doing calligraphy and other projects, home décor, and exploring San Diego.

Jay Alarcon, MBA, MA, AMFT, NACP

Jay Alarcon, MBA, MA, AMFT, NACP

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Jay Alarcon is a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery – Del Mar Outpatient. Jay is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, having received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. His educational pursuits and achievements also include a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Stanford University, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Southern California. Jay is currently a Doctoral Student at California School of Professional Psychology, with research interest focusing on sexual assault and trauma in BIPOC (Biracial, Indigenous, People of Color) populations.

He practices using evidence-based treatment modalities including DBT, TF-CBT and EMDR, with a family systems and feministic perspective. Jay has experience working with issues including eating disorders, severe emotion dysregulation problems, self-harm, chronic suicidality, sexual assault, personality disorders, severe anxiety/mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and PTSD.

Jay has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital where he completed his graduate level internship and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) as a crisis responder. Jay provided individual, family, and group psychotherapy to adolescents with severe trauma history and co-occurring disorders. During his graduate studies, he had received intensive DBT training and supervision from Lucene Wisniewski PhD, world-renowned eating disorder expert.

He has utilized his clinical skills and perspective to invoke, change and affect his local community. Alongside other advocates, Jay establishing the first Diversity and Inclusion commission in Riverside County and serves as an Executive Officer for Riverside County NAACP. As a combat retired Marine, Jay has enjoyed traveling to multiple parts of the world, giving him the ability to experience new cultures. He enjoys spending time surfing and snowboarding in the Sierras, watching Netflix documentaries, cooking, and spending time with his wife.

Sherry Pinneo, MS, RD

Sherry Pinneo, MS, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Sherry Pinneo is a registered dietitian who recently received her Masters from San Diego State University in Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology. She has previously worked in clinical nutrition for the past 2 ½ years at various acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities. Before that, she completed her dietetic internship at Cal Poly Pomona and earned her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition. Sherry has worked with adolescents and adults with eating disorders in the Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient levels of care. She also has experience working with collegiate and professional athletes helping them with their performance nutrition and fueling for their sport. Sherry is excited to grow in the field of dietetics and loves getting to be able to spread the word of nutrition.

Megan Connolly, RD

Megan Connolly, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Megan Connolly is a Registered Dietitian who first developed an interest in nutrition when navigating nutrition-related health conditions in her personal life. Megan completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at UCLA, after which she sought opportunities in the field that allowed her to utilize her background in psychology while further exploring her growing interest in nutrition. Megan worked as a counselor at one of Center for Discovery’s residential treatment centers where she learned about the many connections between nutrition and mental health. It was this experience that solidified for Megan that becoming a registered dietitian would give her the opportunity to perfectly combine her interests and skills, while fulfilling her lifelong intention to serve others in her profession.

After committing to this career path, Megan received her master’s degree in nutritional sciences at San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship at UC San Diego Health. She is passionate about delivering thoughtful, individualized, evidence-based care, and incorporates Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) principles into her nutrition philosophy and work with clients. Megan plans to further develop her specialty in eating disorders by becoming a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Molly Goldring

Molly Goldring

Diet Tech

Molly Goldring grew up in southern California where she quickly grew to love the beach, hiking, and general sunshine that the coast offers. Knowing that she needed to stay in a warm, coastal climate, Molly attended San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition. At San Diego State, Molly also achieved certification in the Didactic Program in Dietetics, became an active member in the Student Nutrition Organization, and volunteered at various hospitals and food banks affiliated with the nutrition department in order to identify her main interests in the field. Molly is working toward and aspires to become a Registered Dietitian and is excited to gain experience working with clients at Center for Discovery – Del Mar Outpatient.

Support Group

Thursdays @ 7-8pm — Support in Recovery (SIR)
When: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://centerfordiscovery.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArcuCprzIiHNVix-M1ZwQ1uEOrjqRrbXgX
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Thursdays @ 7-8pm — Family/Friends Support Group
When: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://centerfordiscovery.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcOCgrz4uHNORNjiCeMA479RiiVP2nQQe
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

DEL MAR ADULT OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

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.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________

Center for Discovery Del Mar is an eating disorder outpatient treatment center that serves all genders age 18 and over. We also have a specialized program for binge eating disorder (BED). The Del Mar treatment center is located in North County San Diego, near Del Mar and La Jolla and is centrally located by major freeways, beaches, community colleges, universities and tourist landmarks. This eating disorder treatment center opened in January 2016 and offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)exposure & response prevention (ERP)dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, all patients have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through various activities, as well as art therapy. Discovery’s specialized BED program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Aetna/Shaller Anderson/GHC/First Health/Auto/WorkersComp, Beacon Health Options (Value Options)- GHI & MVP incl., Humana (Life Sync), Multi-Plan, and OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH). Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.

Staff members at this facility are grounded in body image and personal identity work. Members of the treatment team have unique experience in all levels of care, aiding the support for patients in getting them into the appropriate level of care.

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

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CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

Support Group

Thursdays @ 7-8pm — Support in Recovery (SIR)
When: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://centerfordiscovery.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArcuCprzIiHNVix-M1ZwQ1uEOrjqRrbXgX
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Thursdays @ 7-8pm — Family/Friends Support Group
When: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://centerfordiscovery.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcOCgrz4uHNORNjiCeMA479RiiVP2nQQe
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
11455 El Camino Real, Suite 360
San Diego, CA 92130
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 18+

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  • I was sent to [Center for Discovery], an all women's eating disorder treatment facility, and I was terrified to go. I was told I would be there for a month and would return home after that. I ended staying there for almost 3 months, and I can honestly say I am beyond thankful for my time there. I learned so much and they helped me find myself and get over my traumas and learn to cope with issues that I was having. All the staff was super helpful and had my best interest at heart. I may have not liked all of them, but I knew they wanted what was best for me. Even after my insurance run out, the therapist I was working with arranged for me to go to another center to continue my treatment because I was not ready to come home. I highly recommend getting help with Center for Discovery. They truly care!
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • I was at [Center for Discovery] for 6 weeks. I'm from Ohio and being so far away from home was hard. The staff made me feel super comfortable and cared for, making my stay much more manageable. The program was very individualized. They worked hard to make sure my specific needs were met and that my specific behaviors were addressed. This is a top notch facility with incredibly caring staff. Not only were the house staff wonderful, but everyone from admissions to the medical director worked hard to make sure I knew what was going on. This is a wonderful company who are true to what they say. They gave me my life back. I'm someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful. I recommend this program to anyone who is serious, willing, and ready to get better.
    Natalie F
    Alumni
  • I was surprised by my parents with the option of going to get help for my eating disorder and overall unhealthy lifestyle. I so badly wanted to get help, but was too ashamed. After talking to my mom I agreed to at least talk to someone from Center for Discoveryabout what program I would be in and what it would be like. The gal was super helpful, kind, and did not make me feel like I was the only person who suffered from what I did. She was very patient with me and overall helped out our family with the process of insurance and costs and what not. As for the actual facility I stayed at, it was a great experience.
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • We had our son in an acute care hospital and the social worker recommended the Center for Discovery. Before our son was discharged, my wife and I met with the staff and toured the facility. We were impressed by the staff and how the program was structured. Our son was there 6 weeks. It was a game changer and now we feel our son left with a good base of skills that he has continued to use. We now feel our son can leave a normal type life and not have to worry that he may need to live in a group home setting as an adult. We can't say enough for the help and support we received from the entire staff at the Center for Discovery. When we were considering the facility we did some reviews on line. Some weren't overly positive, but most were and we feel that it was a very positive experience for our son and our family. Even our son now admits that he learned some great skills and that his time at Center for Discovery turned his life around.
    John W
    Parent of Alumni
  • I completely recommend this outpatient program for the treatment of eating disorders.  The program is tailored to each individual and my daughter was able to attend school while attending. The staff is caring, knowledgeable and fully committed to the treatment process for the patient and family.  My family now better understands eating disorders and we are able to support our daughter through her recovery.  5 stars all the way!!
    C.Y.
    Parent of Alumni
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