Center for Discovery La Habra is an eating disorder treatment center located in the northwest corner of Orange County, California, that offers a high level of eating disorder care to young patients of all genders ages 10-18. Center for Discovery La Habra opened in 2015 and is located in the equestrian area of La Habra Heights, east of downtown Los Angeles, with close proximity to the 60 and 91 freeways, just minutes from Disneyland. 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.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Kaiser, Anthem BC, Blue Shield CA, IEHP, Optum, Cigna, Tricare, MHN. 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 estate-like facility provides around-the-clock supervision and structure for children and teens requiring weight restoration or other advanced dietary and nutritional needs. Therapies such as interpersonal therapy, trauma-informed care and family therapy are practiced on a daily routine in order to teach healthy coping mechanisms to overcome the underlying fear, trauma and low self-esteem associated with each eating disorder. Family therapy and support plays an integral role in residential treatment.
This location is also active in the Los Angeles/Orange County community and participates in NEDA walks to help raise awareness about the importance of eating disorders.
MEET THE TEAM
Jennifer Pierce, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS (she/her)
Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor. She is also working towards certification as an eating disorder specialist. Jennifer practices from a person-centered and relational-cultural approach, incorporating dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), and started working as a milieu counselor with Center for Discovery in the mental health division in 2014. In 2015, Jennifer returned to CSUF to complete her Master of Science degree in counseling. During her master’s traineeship, she worked in a non-profit mental health agency providing individual, family and group therapy for the LGBTQIA community. She is passionate about working with adolescents and diverse communities and has made a commitment to advocating for mental health and human rights. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and her cats, reading, watching documentaries and listening to music.
Jennifer Alford, MS, RD
Jennifer Alford is the dietitian at Center For Discovery La Habra RTC treating adolescents and families impacted by eating disorders. Jennifer is a registered dietitian and earned her MS in nutritional science from Cal State Long Beach and BS in Social Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While completing her nutrition education, she worked as a diet tech for Center for Discovery.
Dr. Sheena Malik, M.D.
Dr. Malik is a board-certified family medicine physician at Center for Discovery. She completed residency training at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and served as chief resident during her final year of training. Dr. Malik has published a number of scientific papers and has received awards for her clinical research. Believing that communication is a key part of medicine, Dr. Malik enjoys getting to know each patient and building long lasting relationships with them. She values advocating for her patients’ health.
Danielle Anderson, RN
Danielle Anderson has been with Center For Discovery since 2003. She served as Director of Nursing for the first 14 years with the organization, and then transitioned to the role of Nurse Administrator for the La Habra facility. Danielle attended California State University Long Beach and graduated with her BSN in 1994.
Sarah Fraser, ASW
Sarah is an associate clinical social worker working towards licensure at Center for Discovery. She is passionate about advocating for social justice for marginalized communities and uses person-centered and trauma-informed approaches in her practice. Sarah graduated with her master’s in social work degree from the University of Southern California, specializing in mental health and wellness. During her clinical internships, Sarah worked in non-profit and community mental health settings, gaining experience with diverse populations including women who were previously incarcerated, children in the foster care system, survivors of human trafficking and survivors of intimate partner violence. In addition to her educational and professional background, Sarah enjoys traveling, playing with her dog, going to the beach and spending time with loved ones.
Nicole Rosenberg, ACSW
Nicole is an associate clinical social worker working towards licensure at Center for Discovery. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with her master’s in social work specializing in integrated health. Within her internships and volunteering, Nicole has worked as a therapist with elementary and high school students, provided case management and therapy for adults at a full-service partnership for those with mental illnesses and has worked as a telehealth crisis counselor. Using person-centered, humanistic and strength-based approaches in her practice, Nicole strives to support each patient on their journey through recovery. Beyond social work, Nicole enjoys watching movies, reading, playing golf with family and taking dance classes with friends.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% can identify their triggers*
- 97% believe they can help themselves get better*
- 96% understand when to ask for help*
“I felt very welcomed by everyone in the facility.” – Mikaela N., former patient at CFD La Habra
“The staff was extremely kind, attentive and supportive and provided an excellent environment for recovery.” – Camille E., former patient at CFD La Habra
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Center for Discovery program in 2021 (between 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS, N=2,644). Average treatment range 41.3 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice transfer or administratively).