Center for Discovery Glendale is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to patients of all genders and all ages. This Glendale outpatient program is located in Los Angeles County and is easily accessible for patients located in Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, La Canada, Downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, North Hollywood and the San Gabriel Valley. 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 Cigna/ Great West, HMC, Magellan of CA HAI, MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC) and TriCare Military Region WEST MHN/HeathNet. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
This is the only outpatient location treating all ages with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder in the Glendale and surrounding areas. The Center for Discovery Glendale team has EMDR therapists for patients with a history of trauma. Many of the clinicians also have a background in treating patients struggling with substance abuse. The dietitian at Glendale OP is Body Trust certified, yoga certified, and has worked with co-occurring disorders and addiction. This program also offers yoga therapy and incorporates mindfulness and somatic awareness into their therapy approaches.
MEET THE TEAM
Heidi Favia, MA, LMFT
Heidi Favia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received a double major in psychology and education in her undergraduate degree. She received her Masters Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles graduating with honors on the Dean’s List. She is currently working on obtaining her PsyD. Prior to joining the Center For Discovery team, Heidi worked as the Program Director of a Residential Treatment Center treating adult women and men with eating disorders, chemical dependency, and mental health. She has additional experience working with eating disorders at the partial and outpatient level of care treating adult and adolescent men and women. Heidi has a passion for working with clients who struggle with eating disorders and chemical dependency. In addition, Heidi has over 5 years of experience working with women, men, and adolescents in eating disorders, chemical dependency, trauma, depression, anxiety, and OCD. She has experience working with women and children coming out of shelters effected by intimate partner violence, teens dealing with depression and gender identity issues, and families struggling with past trauma. Heidi uses the techniques she has learned and developed as a therapist and life experiences to create a compassionate, empathetic environment for her clients. Her calm and loving demeanor allows her to build trusting, open, and honest relationships with her clients. Being able to see clients enter treatment and leave with a different perspective on life is an amazing thing to witness. Heidi’s primary focus is instilling hope and motivation in order for clients to believe that recovery is obtainable and sustainable.
Dr. Paula Schirch
Originally from Colombia, Dr. Schirch obtained her medical degree at University El Bosque in Bogota, Colombia. After graduation, she spent a year training at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at The University of California, San Diego and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Schirch is a member of the American Psychiatric Association as well as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Dr. Schirch has over 10 years of experience working with patients with eating disorders in all levels of care. She also worked at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Adolescent Medicine Department with patients with chronic mental illness and substance abuse. Other areas of expertise include Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Schirch has a comprehensive and holistic approach to patient care provided through a multidisciplinary treatment team.
Natalie Weisman is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Humboldt State University. During her graduate studies, Natalie provided psychotherapy to families, children, and adults at the David H. Fox Counseling Center.
Natalie has several years of experience working in substance abuse and eating disorder treatment both as a resident advisor and as a therapist. She practices from a systemic approach and has experience working with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and life transitions. She uses the techniques she has learned and developed as a therapist to create a trusting, open, and honest relationship with her clients. Natalie is firmly committed to providing each client with high-quality treatment in individual and group settings.
Kristie Tovar, MS, RDN, CEDRD
Kristie Tovar is a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian with experience working with both adolescents and adults suffering from various eating disorders. Kristie is dedicated to helping her clients succeed by using an intuitive eating and mindfulness-based approach to nutrition counseling and education. Kristie works alongside her clients to help them find a healthy and mindful relationship with all foods. Kristie is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT – 200) with Yoga Alliance and believes that mindful movement can aid in the healing process.
Kristie earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles. She completed her dietetic internship at California State University, Long Beach where she also earned her Master of Science degree in Nutrition.
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.