Del Mar, CA

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Del Mar Residential Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

Center For Discovery Del Mar is a higher level of care eating disorder treatment center located in San Diego, California and treats adult females in the Southern California area, including greater San Diego as well as south Orange County. Since opening in 2004, Center For Discovery Del Mar, has been a leader in the eating disorder community in San Diego by participating in NEDA walks, having a presence in the local community and partnering with local schools. This high level of care eating disorder program uses a wide array of therapy approaches including equine therapy, yoga therapy, mindfulness, art therapy, experiential groups, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a therapeutic technique that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, guided imagery, or various forms of recreation to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships as a way to deal with past trauma. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven useful in treating mood disorders and changes in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and developing personal coping strategies as a way to solve difficult problems.

Residential treatment is considered a higher level of care because it requires around the clock monitoring and overnight staff to ensure that the clients are in a safe environment and they are receiving adequate nutrition for their weight restoration therapy. Partial hospitalization is one step down from residential treatment meaning that clients do not live at the treatment center full-time but rather spend the entire day in treatment then return to their own place of residence. Partial hospitalization is a good fit for clients who do not need 24-hour supervision but who require more intense treatment then what is offered through an outpatient eating disorder center..

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

4421 Carmel Valley Rd.
San Diego, CA 92130-2409

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Meet the Team

Diandra Medina, M.A., MFT

Diandra Medina, M.A., MFT

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Diandra has a little over ten years of experience in working with co-occurring disorders. She completed her BA in Psychology at UCSD and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy through Alliant International University. She has remained in the San Diego area since her time in undergraduate school and has various experiences in multiple treatment settings throughout the community. Diandra incorporates a systemic dynamic in her therapeutic work. Throughout her experience, she started to gain a deeper appreciation for the significant role the physical body and awareness of the body plays in an individual’s recovery process.

Following this insight, Diandra completed additional trainings, including 200 hour yoga teacher and Reiki level 2, in order to be able to offer a more holistic approach for her clients. Aside from her work as Program Director for Center for Discovery, she has a private practice in the central San Diego area and is beginning to provide trainings for professionals on how yoga and mindfulness can positively impact the nervous system and overall therapeutic process.

Ian Cohen, RD

Ian Cohen, RD

REGISTERED DIETITAN

Ian Cohen is a Registered Dietitian that passionately believes in eating disorder recovery as a renewal of emotional, physical and mental health. Ian earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and completed his Didactic Program in Dietetics at California State University at Northridge, during which he spent three years as a dietetic technician working in eating disorder treatment. He then completed his Dietetic Internship through a dual program at the University of Kentucky and Lexington Veterans Affairs Hospital.

While Ian is devoted to exemplary and empathetic treatment on an individual level at Center for Discovery, he also seeks to apply his principles to a societal platform that will increase body acceptance and deconstruct false narratives about public health. He is currently a member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians and engaged on a local level with the San Diego Food Bank, the San Diego Food System Alliance and the San Diego Hunger Coalition.

Dr. Nicole Posner, MD

Dr. Nicole Posner, MD

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES

Nicole Posner, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in psychology, she received her medical degree from The Sackler School of Medicine. Dr. Posner trained in psychiatry at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and also obtained post-graduate training in psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute and at Columbia University Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has extensive experience in working with people who are struggling with eating disorders.

Martin Schulman

Martin Schulman

PHYSICIAN

A native of Long Beach, California, Dr. Schulman majored in biochemistry at UC Berkeley in 1981. He graduated from the UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1985 then completed the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Long Beach in 1988. After spending a year working in a small group practice, he joined the clinical faculty at UC San Diego, where he spent the next 15 years splitting his time between administrative, clinical, and teaching duties.

In 2005 Dr. Schulman opened a solo family medicine practice in nearby Encinitas but he maintains his ties to the UC San Diego School of Medicine as a part-time faculty member with the PACE Program and as a small group facilitator in the Practice of Medicine course for first and second year students. Prior to joining Center for Discovery, he spent four years as the medical director of an eating disorder residential treatment center for adolescents and adults.

Cacao Buck, BA

Cacao Buck, BA

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Cacao oversees the treatment and management of the Center for Discovery house in Del Mar. She graduated from The University of Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (Criminology). She plans to pursue her Masters degree in Criminology. Before coming to Center for Discovery, Cacao worked as a facility manager/supervisor at New Alternatives. New Alternatives is a short term residential treatment program that houses teenagers. She has worked with teens in this group home setting for 3 years. She also has previous work experience in the health care setting. Cacao strives to help those in need, which is why she accepted a position here at Center for Discovery.

Del Mar Residential Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

Center For Discovery Del Mar is a higher level of care eating disorder treatment center located in San Diego, California and treats adult females in the Southern California area, including greater San Diego as well as south Orange County. Since opening in 2004, Center For Discovery Del Mar, has been a leader in the eating disorder community in San Diego by participating in NEDA walks, having a presence in the local community and partnering with local schools. This high level of care eating disorder program uses a wide array of therapy approaches including equine therapy, yoga therapy, mindfulness, art therapy, experiential groups, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a therapeutic technique that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, guided imagery, or various forms of recreation to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships as a way to deal with past trauma. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven useful in treating mood disorders and changes in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and developing personal coping strategies as a way to solve difficult problems.

Residential treatment is considered a higher level of care because it requires around the clock monitoring and overnight staff to ensure that the clients are in a safe environment and they are receiving adequate nutrition for their weight restoration therapy. Partial hospitalization is one step down from residential treatment meaning that clients do not live at the treatment center full-time but rather spend the entire day in treatment then return to their own place of residence. Partial hospitalization is a good fit for clients who do not need 24-hour supervision but who require more intense treatment then what is offered through an outpatient eating disorder center..

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

4421 Carmel Valley Rd.
San Diego, CA 92130-2409


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Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

  • 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