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San Diego, CA

San Diego Adolescent Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5414 Oberlin Dr., Suite 100A
San Diego, CA 92121
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

GET IN TOUCH CALL 866.482.3876

GET HELP

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.

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Center for Discovery San Diego is an eating disorder outpatient treatment center that serves all genders ages 10-18. 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 is opening in 2020 and 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. Discovery’s specialized BED program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.

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. 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.

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MEET THE TEAM

Emily Walkley, MA, LMFT, APCC

Emily Walkley, MA, LMFT, APCC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emily is a licensed marriage & family therapist who has been working in the eating disorder field since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied psychology from New York University, as well as two Master of Arts degrees from Pepperdine University (general psychology and clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy). Emily began her training in the treatment of eating disorders working as a recovery coach in a residential facility for adolescents and adults. Since then, she has held many positions in both residential and day treatment facilities, working with folks of all ages and a variety of backgrounds. Over the years, she has gained experience in treatment planning and patient advocacy, as well as providing individual and group therapy to patients and loved ones in all stages of the recovery process.

In addition to her training in family systems and cognitive behavioral modalities, Emily is truly a humanist at heart, placing a great deal of value on personal experience and working to aid patients in freeing themselves from limitations and understanding authentic life goals. She likes to take an integrative, solution-focused approach to therapy, building on patients’ unique strengths, circumstances, and resources to implement changes to reach preferred futures. Emily’s warm and humorous, yet straightforward, nature provides a safe space for patients to challenge their eating disorders and strengthen their healthy selves. Emily serves as program director at the Del Mar and San Diego outpatient facilities, as well as executive director in the San Diego region, supporting the residential facilities in La Jolla and Del Mar.

Susan Zelenak, RD

Susan Zelenak, RD

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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.

Gabi Tinsley, BS

Gabi Tinsley, BS

MILIEU COORDINATOR

Gabi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During her time there, Gabi worked as a dietary aide at Sierra Vista Hospital where she gained food service experience in a clinical setting. Gabi also was a lead coordinator for CalFresh Outreach, an on-campus group dedicated to reducing food insecurity and increasing awareness of food insecurity on college campuses.

Gabi originally joined the Center for Discovery team as a dietetic technician at the Del Mar outpatient facility and expanded her experience as a diet tech supporting at the La Jolla and Del Mar residential facilities. Throughout her time in these settings, Gabi has further developed a strong ability to support patients and their families in navigating the recovery process and a deeper understanding of the intricate interplay of the physiological, psychological and social implications of eating disorders. Gabi’s experience working with adolescent patients sparked within her an affinity for this specific population and was eager to join Center for Discovery’s only adolescent-centered outpatient facility upon its debut in October 2020. In the future, Gabi aims to earn her registered dietitian nutritionist license and further integrate herself into the field of dietetics to promote health and wellness across all walks of life. Outside of work, Gabi loves reading, yoga, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Clinical Advisor

Cyndi Pulsinelli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who serves as the Clinical Supervisor on the Del Mar Outpatient and La Jolla Residential teams. As Clinical Supervisor, she provides supervision and oversight to clinical interns on the treatment teams. Cyndi obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in San Diego and also holds undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Civic Leadership.

Cyndi has worked with Center for Discovery since 2013, holding positions at residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care as Primary Therapist and Program Director, as well as serving as the Southern California Regional Director of Eating Disorder Outpatient Programs.

Outside of her Clinical Supervisor role, Cyndi has a private practice specializing in treating individuals with eating disorders and trauma. The heart of her practice is the very essence of equipping individuals and families to live a life where they thrive. To thrive is a means of growth, to flourish, revive, change-state or turn.

Cyndi practices using evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, ERP, DBT, and CBT, while cultivating hope through a strengths-based approach. Over the years, Cyndi has had experience working with a broad range of issues including eating disorders, body image, grief and loss, perinatal loss, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, family struggles, PTSD, and crisis intervention.

Britt Beswick, MA, LMFT

Britt Beswick, MA, LMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

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.

Jenna Richter, MS, RD

Jenna Richter, MS, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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.

May Rees, MS, RD

May Rees, MS, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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.

Emma Latuno, MA, AMFT

Emma Latuno, MA, AMFT

COUNSULOR III

Emma Latuno is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who joined the Center for Discovery team at the San Diego Outpatient facility ahead of its opening in late 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of California, Davis as well as a Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary, San Diego.

Emma believes that true healing happens within the safety of authentic connection. Her passion for therapy is rooted in family systems and attachment-focused theories, which emphasize the importance of creating this safe connection in the therapy room. Emma has experience working with individuals, couples, and adolescents in a psychotherapeutic setting, though she especially enjoys working with teenagers because of their authenticity, honesty, and humor. In her role as Counselor III, Emma’s primary focus is conducting therapy groups which emphasize skill-building through DBT and CBT, relational enrichment, and collaborating with patients to explore what a holistic and compassionate relationship with themselves can be like.

Janina Larsen, BS

Janina Larsen, BS

DIET TECHNICIAN

Janina Larsen has always aspired to help people. While she was an undergraduate student, she realized that the people who helped her most were the ones who encouraged her to treat her mind and body with kindness. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition, completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics. During that time, her passion for nutrition grew as well as her interests in community health, health disparities, and inequity. Wanting to learn more about the system health care professionals work in before becoming one, she decided to pursue her master’s degree before applying to dietetic internships. She is currently a graduate student at San Diego State University, working to receive her Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy. She hopes to become a Registered Dietitian once she finishes the program.

In her spare time, Janina enjoys being outside, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family. Although her heart will always live in the Bay Area where she grew up, she feels so thankful for the opportunity to move to Southern California and has quickly fallen in love with San Diego and her job at Center for Discovery.

Stefany Alvarez, BS

Stefany Alvarez, BS

DIET TECHNICIAN

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.

SAN DIEGO ADOLESCENT OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

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.

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Center for Discovery San Diego is an eating disorder outpatient treatment center that serves all genders ages 10-18. 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 is opening in 2020 and 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. Discovery’s specialized BED program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.

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. 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.

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

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CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5414 Oberlin Dr., Suite 100A
San Diego, CA 92121
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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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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