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SAN DIEGO OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

San Diego, CA

HOME / LOCATIONS / SAN DIEGO, CA (OUTPATIENT)

Virtual treatment available: CFD outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.

Center for Discovery San Diego is an eating disorder outpatient treatment center that serves all genders ages 10 and older. We also have a specialized program for binge eating disorder (BED). The San Diego treatment center is located in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego, right off the 805 and 5 freeways, with close access to beaches, community colleges, universities and tourist landmarks. This eating disorder treatment center opened in summer of 2022. The center offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)exposure & response prevention (ERP) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, all patients have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through various activities.

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Aetna/Shaller Anderson/GHC/First Health/Auto/WorkersComp, Beacon Health Options (Value Options)- GHI & MVP incl., Humana (Life Sync), Multi-Plan, and OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH). 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.

Staff members at this facility are grounded in body image and personal identity work. The clinical staff is composed of certified eating disorder specialists, Health at Every Size® (HAES®)-informed clinicians and professionals trained in various trauma focused therapies. Members of the treatment team have unique experience in all levels of care, aiding the support for patients in getting them into the appropriate level of care.

*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

MEET THE TEAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Susan Zelenak, MDA, RD

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Britt Beswick, MA, LMFT

MILIEU MANAGER

Stefany Alvarez, BS

LEAD REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jenna Richter, MS, RD

LEAD REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jessica Lester, MS, RDN

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

May Rees, MS, RD

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Halima Said, MA, APCC

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Alyssa Dahlberg, MA, AMFT

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Natalia Cameroni-Adams, MA, AMFT

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Alfia Dunbar, MA, AMFT

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Caitlyn Kiraly, MSW, ACSW

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Ana Viss, MA, AMFT, APCC

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Sarah Tabsh, MA, AMFT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Susan Zelenak, MDA, RD

Susan is a registered dietitian who obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in foods and nutrition from San Diego State University. She then completed her dietetic internship through Utah State University as well as her Master of Dietetics Administration degree with an emphasis on dietetic management.

Susan is passionate about helping patients on their journey to recovery. She has worked with adolescents and adults in residential and outpatient settings since 2017. Susan takes pride in creating a supportive space for individualized care centered around the principles of Intuitive Eating and aligned with the Health at Every Size® (HAES) approach.

Susan is currently working toward becoming a certified eating disorders registered dietitian (CEDRD) and is the secretary for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) San Diego chapter.

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Britt Beswick, MA, LMFT

Britt is a licensed marriage & family therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and then obtained her Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego.

Britt’s therapeutic approach is compassionate, empathetic and nonjudgmental, creating a safe space in which patients can participate in a collaborative dynamic to meet their identified goals. Britt believes that all patients have unique strengths and are capable of creating meaningful change in their lives. She enjoys helping patients access these strengths while improving their relationship with food, body and mind through identifying and connecting with values, learning healthy coping skills and improving communication.

Britt uses evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and emotionally focused therapy (EFT) in her work with individuals and groups. Britt’s background includes working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe mental illness and substance abuse. In addition to her work at CFD, Britt has worked at a non-profit residential treatment facility specializing in treating adolescents with diverse mental and behavioral issues. She also has extensive experience working to stabilize patients in a psychiatric hospital setting where she collaborated with patients and their families to develop discharge plans in support of patients’ improved mental health and recovery.

MILIEU MANAGER

Stefany Alvarez, BS

Stefany achieved a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition at the University of Idaho. Stefany has worked as a dietetic technician with Center for Discovery since 2019 as a part of the team at the Portland Outpatient facility. Upon moving to San Diego at the beginning of 2021, Stefany then joined the team at San Diego Outpatient. Throughout her time in the field, she has fully embraced and embodies the Health At Every Size® (HAES) and the All Foods Fit philosophies.

Outside of the work, Stefany promotes the joy of movement as a weight-inclusive movement instructor and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Stefany gives annual presentations on the principles of Intuitive Eating, HAES, and navigating diet culture to college-aged folks. In the future, she hopes to continue her education toward becoming a naturopathic doctor specializing in eating disorders and oncology. In her free time, Stefany enjoys rollerskating around San Diego, FaceTiming her family dog, and using social media as a platform to educate others on and promote an anti-diet lifestyle.

LEAD REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jenna Richter, MS, RD

Jenna Richter is a Registered Dietitian that has gained experience in several areas of nutrition, however eating disorder recovery and mental health have become true passions of hers. Jenna received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from California State University Northridge. She then completed her medical nutrition therapy-focused dietetic internship through Iowa State University and is now expecting to finish her Master’s of Dietetic Practice in May 2020.

Jenna’s career in nutrition began in the acute care setting, but in 2018 Jenna began working in substance use rehabilitation, where she worked closely with clients who required concurrent eating disorder support. Jenna’s nutritional outlook aligns with the Health at Every Size (HAES) framework, and intuitive eating modality. Jenna aims to equip her clients with individualized tools needed for their success by utilizing a mindfulness-based approach to nutrition counseling and education. Jenna’s next goal is to become a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. Outside of work, Jenna enjoys experimenting with new recipes, travel, and practicing yoga.

LEAD REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jessica Lester, MS, RDN

Jessica is a registered dietitian nutritionist with experience working with both adolescent and adult populations. She is a graduate of UCLA and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) where she completed her master’s degree in nutritional science. Jessica completed her dietetic internship with Cedars-Sinai and Kaiser Permanente and is now a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is passionate about helping individuals heal their relationship with food through proper nutrition care and education. By utilizing the All Foods Fit philosophy and Intuitive Eating principles, Jessica guides her clients to discover their own path to eating disorder recovery. She works alongside both clients and their families to provide support for recovery in program and at home.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

May Rees, MS, RD

May Rees is a Registered Dietitian with an undergraduate degree in Clinical Nutrition from University of California, Davis. After moving to San Diego, May went on to pursue a Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness at Bastyr University California, during which she focused on occupational wellness and culinary education for her Master’s-level thesis project. This transition marked a shift in mindset toward a more holistic eating philosophy rooted in addressing physical, mental, and emotional health. May then completed a distance dietetic internship through Iowa State University during which she completed a clinical rotation working at Center for Discovery’s residential facility in Del Mar.

May is passionate about integrating intuitive eating principles and maintaining a holistic perspective in her work with patients and their systems. She strongly aligns with the Health At Every Size® (HAES) approach and strives to provide compassionate, individualized care to each and every person with whom she works.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Halima Said, MA, APCC

Halima is a registered associate professional clinical counselor (APCC) with an M.S. in multicultural community counseling and social justice education. She received her B.A. in psychology at San Diego State University. Halima is passionate about normalizing mental health care and providing accessible services to multicultural communities.

As a clinician, she has over three years’ experience working with college students, immigrant and refugee populations, and providing therapy in Arabic. While pursuing her graduate studies, Halima was a counselor at University of California, San Diego, and Cuyamaca College, where she worked with college students with various issues including relationship conflicts, racial trauma, homelessness, familial conflicts, being a first-generation college student, religious and cultural barriers, etc. Halima works with individuals from a holistic approach, taking into account all aspects of the individual’s life (social, relational, emotional, mental, physical, cultural and environmental) that may impact their overall wellness. Halima utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques, gestalt therapy, feminist theory, solution-focused therapy, self-compassion work and emotion focused therapy.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Alyssa Dahlberg, MA, AMFT

Alyssa is an associate marriage & family therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University, and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego.

Alyssa has experience working with adults and children with trauma, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Alyssa has training in therapy modalities such as acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), internal family systems (IFS), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and other family systems theories. Alyssa enjoys work with adults, families and couples, and has training and experience working with eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, PTSD, bipolar and other mood disorders, as well as psychotic disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys surfing and diving, going to concerts and enjoying the San Diego weather.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Natalia Cameroni-Adams, MA, AMFT

Natalia is an associate marriage and family therapist who joined Center for Discovery’s outpatient team in San Diego during the summer of 2021. She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and master’s in marital and family therapy from the University of San Diego.

Natalia provides individual, group and family therapy using a combination of modalities that are curated to fit the needs of her patients. Natalia frequently weaves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and emotionally focused therapy (EMT) into her treatment plans. Her background includes working with adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, shame and relationship conflict. Natalia previously worked as a behavioral health provider at an internal medicine clinic. In her time there, she collaborated with medical professionals to provide the most comprehensive care to her patients being saved, targeting emotional well-being to those seeking support during the 2020 pandemic. Natalia enjoys working with and providing therapeutic interventions to diverse patient populations.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Alfia Dunbar, MA, AMFT

Alfia is an associate marriage and family therapist. Alfia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from California State University, San Marcos in Psychology, Sociology, and History. She went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University, San Diego. Alfia is a lifetime member of Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology. Alfia previously worked as a victim advocate in the fields of sexual assault and domestic violence. Years of work in this area has allowed Alfia to gain a depth of knowledge and compassion working with crisis and trauma that carries over into her work in a therapeutic setting. Alfia also brings extensive training and work within the areas of grief and bereavement from her graduate program practicum experience. Alfia’s therapeutic approach is client-centered, preferring a narrative perspective while including an attachment-minded lens. Alfia believes that the foundation of change and growth in therapy begins with a strong therapeutic alliance. This alliance is based upon the safe and secure, judgement free, collaborative relationship between a therapist and patient. Alfia’s warm sense of humor and caring presence aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for every patient. Alfia effectively integrates therapeutic techniques from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), emotion focused therapy (EFT) and play therapy. Alfia enjoys working with youth and can impactfully work with adolescents and their support systems.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Caitlyn Kiraly, MSW, ACSW

Caitlyn is a registered associate clinical social worker (ASW) with an M.A. in social work. She received her B.S. in athletic training from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Caitlyn is passionate about utilizing her skills and knowledge to provide holistic care to individuals that she works with. Caitlyn has experience working with individuals with substance use disorders, trauma, mood disorders and psychotic disorders. Caitlyn aims to address the various systems impacting individuals’ lives (family dynamics, interpersonal relationships, career/work, education, physical and mental wellness and hobbies/interests) to assist them in achieving their goals. Caitlyn has experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing. Caitlyn provides individualized care to empower people in their treatment and allow them to find balance and overall health and wellness.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Ana Viss, MA, AMFT, APCC

Ana is registered as an associate marriage and family therapist and associate professional clinical counselor. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at California State University Stanislaus, she obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Ana has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples struggling with a variety of issues including eating disorders, grief, anxiety, and depression and substance use. She is familiar with the therapeutic modalities of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and narrative therapy. Ana is passionate about helping people of all ages live joyful and abundant lives, especially when it comes to the unique relationship between the mind, body and food. She became an advocate for Intuitive Eating upon reading the book during graduate school and striving to apply its principles in her own life. In her free time, Ana enjoys reading, journaling, spending time at the beach, growing in her faith and being involved with her church community.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Sarah Tabsh, MA, AMFT

Sarah is an associate marriage and family therapist who joined the Center for Discovery team in the spring of 2022. She supports patients and their loved ones as an associate therapist at the San Diego outpatient program. Prior to working at Center for Discovery, Sarah worked with youth and their families from a trauma-informed lens at the Youth Resiliency Center. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient settings struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and eating disorders. Her therapeutic style incorporates family systems work, DBT and ACT with an emphasis on values and living your most authentic life. Sarah is passionate about working with people of diverse backgrounds with a particular affinity to work with immigrants and fellow Third Culture Kids. She is also able to offer therapeutic services in Arabic. Sarah earned her M.A. in marital and family therapy from the University of San Diego and received her B.S. in health sciences from Chapman University in Orange, CA. When not at work, you can find Sarah spending time with her loved ones and Poppy, her Maltese-mix rescue out exploring Southern California.

Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*

  • 97% feel hopeful about their future*
  • 95% believe they can handle life after treatment*
  • 99% know what helps them get better*

“Our experience at Center for Discovery was top notch. We are incredibly grateful to them for not only their professionalism, but their knowledge as well as compassion for our daughter and family.” – Sarah S., parent of CFD alumni

“This experience was life-changing.” – Mave C., former patient at CFD

*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2021 (between 1/1/21 and 12/31/21) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 2,278). Average length of stay is 34.2 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to a higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice, transfer or administratively).

Support Group

The Support in Recovery group is for those who are in treatment, in recovery or who have not yet sought help. We also have a group for family and friends.

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