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La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3013 Woodford Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
Females
Ages 16-26

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Center for Discovery La Jolla is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center that provides residential treatment and partial hospitalization to young females 16-26 years of age who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. This beautiful location is conveniently located just off the 5 freeway in beautiful seaside La Jolla, north of downtown San Diego and is in close proximity to the surrounding coastal towns of Mission Bay and Point Loma. La Jolla Village is just minutes away with ample art studios, scenic view of the bay, and opportunities for client outings at several dining locations. 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, clients 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, Fortified Provider Network (FPN), Holman Group, Magellan of CA HAI, and UNICARE. For free insurance verification, click here.

This San Diego location has been opened since September 2013 and is unique in that is offers NG tube feeding to support individuals in completing their meal plans. This location is also active in the San Diego community and participates in NEDA walks to help raise awareness about the importance of eating disorders. Center for Discovery La Jolla practices mindful movement, art therapy and experiential therapy as well as exposure response therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure response therapy (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 that usually relate to traumatic experiences. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven useful in treating mood disorders and for change 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 the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

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Ashley Rist, RD

Ashley Rist, RD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Ashley Rist completed her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition at San Diego State University. Ashley is a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and began her career in the field of Eating Disorders with Center For Discovery in 2017. Ashley gained experience at both the PHP/IOP and RTC levels of care, as well as working at the Mental Health RTC. Ashley transitioned her career into leadership as the Program Director. She is an advocate for body acceptance and Health At Every Size, and enjoys assisting clients heal their relationship with food and body. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, practicing yoga, and spending time at the beach. Ashley believes that recovery is possible and aims to provide a safe space for all clients.

Tiffany Trent, MS, AMFT #113733

Tiffany Trent, MS, AMFT #113733

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Tiffany Trent is a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery La Jolla Residential Treatment Center treating adolescents, emerging adults, and families impacted by eating disorders, mental health, and substance abuse. Tiffany is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and earned her Bachelors of Art in Psychology at California State University, San Marcos and her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California. Her clinical theory of practice is a client-centered approach within the framework of Family Systems, Psychodynamic Therapy and Narrative Therapy. Tiffany practices using evidence-based treatment modalities including DBT and CBT, while cultivating hope and resilience through a strengths-based approach. She has experience working with a broad range of issues including eating disorders, women’s issues, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, attachment issues, trauma and PTSD, co-occurring disorders, gender identity issues, and crisis intervention.

Tiffany previously worked as a therapist at a non-profit counseling center in Orange County treating couples, families, teens and individuals and has experience working in a private practice treating trauma, depression and relationship issues since finishing graduate school. Tiffany’s approach to therapy is collaborative and compassionate with the belief that no one is beyond help or beyond hope and that rewriting one’s story is the foundation for healing and recovery.

Yvette Gough, MA, AMFT #89182

Yvette Gough, MA, AMFT #89182

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Yvette Gough is a primary therapist at Center For Discovery La Jolla Residential Treatment Center, treating adolescents, emerging adults, and families impacted by eating disorders, mental health and trauma. Yvette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development at Chico State University, and her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at National University, San Diego, CA. Her clinical theory of practice is a client-centered approach within the framework of Narrative therapy and Attachment therapy, which provide clients with the opportunity to rewrite their life story, and to strengthen their relationships with loved ones and most importantly the relationship to themselves.

During her graduate studies, Yvette has previously worked in a school-based system working adolescent teens and their families for two years as a AMFT, providing psychotherapy to adolescents and families suffering from a variety of issues such as suicidality, eating disorders, low self-esteem, transitional hardships, trauma and significant loss. Yvette has experience working with a number of mental health issues such as dual diagnosis, mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, family and relationships problems, and crisis interventions. She has been an integral addition to Center for Discovery and enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team in order to provide clients and their families with the best continued care.

Calyn O’Connor, BSN, RN

Calyn O’Connor, BSN, RN

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Calyn completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has over five years of experience working in mental health settings. After completing her degree, she began working in residential settings treating adolescents with behavioral and mental health challenges. From there she went on to work in residential eating disorder treatment for both adolescents and adults. Recently she relocated to California from Massachusetts to assume the role of Nursing Administrator. She takes great pride in the work she does, striving to provide the most competent and compassionate care possible.

Dr. Christine Wood, MD, FAAP

Dr. Christine Wood, MD, FAAP

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE

Dr. Christine Wood is a pediatrician with a special interest in pediatric nutrition. Dr. Wood is the author of the book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It! and is in private practice at Coast Pediatrics Carmel Valley. She often consults with parents, children and teens in the practice on nutrition concerns ranging from picky eaters and overweight children to eating disorders in children, teens and young adults. She is a frequent speaker at medical conferences on nutritional issues for children, including dealing with overweight children, body image issues, eating disorders and the impact of environmental toxins on health. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and went on to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for her pediatric residency.

Dr. Timothy Liu, MD

Dr. Timothy Liu, MD

Psychiatrist

Timothy Liu MD is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist. He graduated from the adult psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. He also completed fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, as well as an internship at the Mayo Clinic. His clinical research on impulse-control disorders, problematic Internet use, and depression has appeared in numerous scholarly publications. He is a co-author of four psychiatric texts including the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (Cambridge University Press; 2010) and The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders (Oxford University Press; 2009).

Dr. Liu enjoys working with families and children. He provides psychiatric assessment, comprehensive treatment planning, medication management, and psychotherapy. He received training in Parent Management Training and is most familiar with methods developed by Alan Kazdin Ph.D. and Russell Barkley Ph.D. During his fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, he also underwent elective training in Habit Reversal Therapy for the treatment of tic disorders. In the past few years of practice, he has been devoting much of his time in helping parents and children communicate, and navigate through the excitement and confusion of teenage years.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Liu is trilingual in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. He is very interested in the cultural aspects of psychiatry, in particular, mental health awareness among immigrants of diverse cultural backgrounds. He was selected to be a Diversity Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2009-2010. He continues to consult at community agencies that reach out to underserved minorities and give periodic health education seminars to the Chinese-speaking community.

Dr. Liu has been in practice in San Diego since 2011. In addition to clinical practice, he organizes a peer consultation group for the San Diego Psychiatric Society to support fellow psychiatrists in the area.

Dr. Liu is married with two young children. He is a humble parent who is learning to perfect his love for his children one day at a time.

Hanna Koester

Hanna Koester

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

“Hannah received her Bachelor’s degree in Foods and Nutrition at San Diego State University. After earning her degree, she completed her dietetic internship through Sodexo Dietetic Internships with a concentration in Leadership. She has worked with adolescents and adults in mental health and eating disorders in both residential and outpatient settings since 2018, as both a Diet Technician and Dietetic Intern. She is passionate about helping individuals find freedom with food, their bodies, and their health by utilizing Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating principles, and the All Foods Fit approach.

Sarah Pedersen, MScN

Sarah Pedersen, MScN

MILIEU MANAGER

Sarah joined the La Jolla Center for Discovery team as the Facility Manager in February of 2020. Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Vermont, and then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in the Science of Nutrition in 2019. During her educational endeavours, Sarah became passionate about the connection between nutrition and mental health, with specific interest in intuitive eating and Health at Every Size philosophies. Sarah joined the team with a strong background in nutrition and a passion for helping others. Sarah is also a Certified Yoga Teacher, and enjoys hiking and riding her bike in her free time.

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

LA JOLLA RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery La Jolla is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center that provides residential treatment and partial hospitalization to young females 16-26 years of age who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. This beautiful location is conveniently located just off the 5 freeway in beautiful seaside La Jolla, north of downtown San Diego and is in close proximity to the surrounding coastal towns of Mission Bay and Point Loma. La Jolla Village is just minutes away with ample art studios, scenic view of the bay, and opportunities for client outings at several dining locations.

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, clients 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, Fortified Provider Network (FPN), Holman Group, Magellan of CA HAI, and UNICARE. For free insurance verification, click here.

This San Diego location has been opened since September 2013 and is unique in that is offers NG tube feeding to support individuals in completing their meal plans. This location is also active in the San Diego community and participates in NEDA walks to help raise awareness about the importance of eating disorders. Center for Discovery La Jolla practices mindful movement, art therapy and experiential therapy as well as exposure response therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure response therapy (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 that usually relate to traumatic experiences. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven useful in treating mood disorders and for change 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 the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

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Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3013 Woodford Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
Females
Ages 16-26

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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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