Center for Discovery Del Mar is a higher level of care eating disorder treatment center located in San Diego, California that treats adult female and non-binary (regardless of sex assigned at birth) patients 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 community leader by participating in NEDA walks, having a presence in the local community and partnering with local schools on various educational and awareness initiatives. 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, patients 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 Anthem BC, HMC, HealthNet, Cigna and UNICARE. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Other therapy approaches include equine therapy, yoga therapy, mindfulness, art therapy and experiential groups.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Stephanie G. Thompson, LCSW
Stephanie is the Program Director for Center for Discovery’s Del Mar Residential Treatment Center overseeing the day to day clinical and administrative operations of the facility. She earned her Doctor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern California where she focused on Leadership, Management and Innovation at the doctoral level and Mental Health and Medical Social Work at the master’s level. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, Biological Science and Mathematics from La Sierra University, and an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from Santa Ana College.
Stephanie has extensive experience in clinical social work in a variety of settings such as inpatient hospitalization, emergency services, intensive outpatient programs, private practice, primary care, and military mental health for the United States Navy. Stephanie specializes in the treatment of trauma, historical abuse, severe mental illness, and co-occurring disorders including addiction through the application of resiliency-building modalities including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, CPT, ACT, PST, MI and Gestalt Therapy. Additionally, she is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and National Association of Social Workers. Stephanie believes that management of symptoms and recovery from illness are possible when opportunity and resources are made available in a supportive environment.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys beach walks, antique shopping, painting, spending time with her family and puppies, and researching the culture, architecture and history of Japan.
Jamie Atkins, RD, CEDRD
Jamie Atkins RD, CEDRD, is the Director of Dietary Services for the Adult RTC at Center for Discovery. She has a passion for helping people meet their nutritional needs without losing sight of the social and emotional value of food. With a non-judgmental approach, Jamie helps people create a healthy relationship among food, mind, & body. She believes in helping her clients to find their own path, thus allowing them to take ownership of their recovery, and at times does so utilizing a DBT informed approach she developed for Dietitians. She has worked in the field for over a decade, and has experience working in all levels of care; hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient.
Jamie is a Licensed Body Positive Facilitator and is an advocate for putting an end to weight stigma while spreading the message of size acceptance through speaking publicly on the topic across the country. She has also spoken on various other topics related to eating disorders at the national and international level. She is active in the community, both by raising eating disorder and weight stigma awareness and being on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) serving as the Social Media Chair, and Association of Size Diversity and Health serving as a Member At Large. Jamie believes the most important step in helping a client on the path to recovery is meeting them where they are, and helping them to build a recovery they can see for themselves, bringing together mind, body, and soul.
Hala Khamis, AMFT
Hala is a primary therapist at Center for Discovery that loves working in the mental health field. She has been a primary therapist at the Del Mar residential location since December 2020. Hala began her experience in working with eating disorders at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center and has been passionate about the population ever since. Her experience includes working as a therapist for children with various eating disorders and co-occurring disorders such as, Depression, Anxiety and OCD. While working as an MFT trainee she also had the opportunity to provide DBT skills training and process therapy to parents of the children in treatment.
Hala received her BS in Psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and received her MA in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Hala is a registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #122794)
Hala looks forward to work each day, with opportunities to gain new insights and learn from her patients through their work together. She uses elements of DBT, family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and strengths-based therapy to help her patients meet their individual goals.
Sheri Chen, RD
Sheri Chen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, emotional eating, unhealthy relationships with food and exercise, and other disordered eating patterns. Sheri graduated from the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences, and Master’s in Applied Nutrition. She completed her clinical dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
Sheri believes in a Health at Every Size® approach and is an “anti-diet” dietitian. Her approach comes from the philosophy that All Foods Fit—in balance, variety, and moderation. Sheri strives to create a safe place for people of any body size or shape.
Sheri’s mission as a clinician is to provide professional, compassionate, and transparent individualized nutritional counseling to help patients rebuild and nurture a healthy relationship with food and their body
Dr. Martin Schulman, MD
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 Medical Center as an affiliate medical staff member and a non-salaried clinical professor of family medicine. Prior to joining Center for Discovery, he spent four years as the medical consultant for a eating disorders residential treatment center for adolescents and adults.
Camila is the facility and milieu manager at Center for Discovery’s Del Mar residential treatment center. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She has worked in the field of mental health for several years in San Diego County. Camila began her career at Center for Discovery as a full-time counselor before being promoted to her current position. Camila prides herself on her strong work ethic, her desire to be of help to others through kindness and compassion, and her passion for making the Del Mar treatment center a wonderful place for patients to recover and employees to work.
Born overseas in Chile to a multicultural family with a passion for seeking out new opportunities, she has lived and explored many different places, and is grateful for the knowledge and insight which this upbringing has provided her.
Dani is a primary therapist at the Del Mar residential program and joined the team in February 2021. Dani’s experience began working with children, adolescents and their families in an outpatient setting where she provided evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, mood disorders, PTSD and substance use disorders. She is passionate about working with individuals with eating disorders and has special interests in trauma work and body positivity.
Dani received her BS in animal science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and received her MA in couples and family therapy from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology. Dani is a registered associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT# 116785).
Dani is trained in DBT and TF-CBT, and enjoys using these therapeutic modalities to help her patients experience their emotions and live life in a more effective and fulfilling way, free of eating disorder behaviors. She is a firm believer that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Outside of the office, Dani enjoys traveling to Europe, spending time outside and riding her horse, Willow.
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.