South Bay, CA

Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Center

South Bay Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
21515 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite #370
Torrance, CA 90503
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

Center For Discovery South Bay Los Angeles is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to male and female clients of all ages. This program hosts weekly yoga therapy groups, has a very experiences staff that is trained in somatic experiencing and trauma therapy and offers an extended partial hospitalization day program for high acuity clients. This program works closely with major local hospitals such as Torrance Memorial and Children’s Hospital of Orange County inpatient units after a client has completed their inpatient stay and is ready to step down from inpatient and enroll in an outpatient program.

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Christina Weiss, LMFT, MPHC

Christina Weiss, LMFT, MPHC

Program Director

Christina has enthusiastically spent the better part of the past 15 years in the Mental Health field including leading Clinical Outreach departments at several well-known Eating Disorder programs and has experience working as a licensed psychotherapist at all levels of care in eating disorder and addiction treatment. Her focus has been primarily in the eating disorder field working closely with and studying under some of the pioneers in eating disorder treatment. She currently sits on the board of Eating Disorder Support Services (EDRS), a Bay Area nonprofit organization and has been instrumental in launching several IAEDP chapters on the West Coast and the first NEDA Walk Los Angeles.

Christina received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Masters in public health communication from Annenberg at USC where she developed several research projects looking at the impact of media on eating disorders in the adolescent population. She received her Masters of Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Spiritual Depth, at Antioch University, which included studying Attachment theory abroad at Tavistock Institute in London. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing which offers the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve, in a slow and supported way, automatic and unresolved responses of anxiety, rage or trauma and relax into a growing sense of calm and safety.

Together with her clients, Christina creates a safe space to explore issues where they feel stuck. From somatic mindfulness and client-centered perspective, she helps them uncover attachment patterns and other difficulties often at the root of suffering. She facilitates the nurturing of internal strengths within the individual to cultivate healing, self-acceptance, and growth. She is encouraged by the latest research in neuroscience on attachment, trauma and eating disorders and enjoys staying abreast of all the latest developments. Being recovered herself, Christina has a passion for helping those towards their path to recovery.

Alix Braun, AMFT

Alix Braun, AMFT

Program Therapist

Alix Braun is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Alix earned her undergraduate degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Psychology with an emphasis in children and adolescents. Alix received a Master’s of Science at California State University Dominguez Hills in Marriage and Family Therapy. Alix got her start working with children and adolescents in a school setting. Subsequently she began working with the eating disorder population at Center for Discovery Rancho Palos Verdes. She worked at that residential location for 15 months until she received her Associates License. Alix then worked as a Program Therapist at Rosewood Santa Monica, treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders. Alix has supported a family member through the recovery process for eating disorders and is motivated and committed to helping all her clients regain a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. Alix is so excited to be back working at Center for Discovery.

Nikki Ferguson, RD

Nikki Ferguson, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Nikki Ferguson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Immediately after graduating Cum Laude she was accepted to Nutrition Ink dietetic internship program with an emphasis in medical nutrition therapy completing rotations at Center for Discovery, Riverside Community Hospital, and Irvine Unified School District. As an intern with Center for Discovery Nikki found her passion working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders in both partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings at Center for Discovery. After completing her internship and becoming a licensed Registered Dietitian in both the US and Canada, Nikki officially joined the Center for Discovery team to support clients in meeting their nutritional needs and guiding them on their path to recovery through a nonjudgmental, empathetic, client-centered approach. Outside of work she enjoys being outdoors and furthering her education.

Alicia Knight, AMFT

Alicia Knight, AMFT

Primary Therapist

Alicia Knight is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Alicia received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, where she double majored in Psychology and Family studies. Alicia has a background in crisis work and has worked with youth from different age groups and backgrounds in multiple settings. Alicia got her start working with youth and families in the foster care system. She then moved on to work at UCSD Eating Disorder Center’s adolescent partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program, where she is specialized in working with athletes returning to sport. Alicia Is excited to join Center for Discovery’s South Bay Team and looks forward to continuing to support client’s working towards recovery

Lauren Barker, AMFT

Lauren Barker, AMFT

Program Therapist

Lauren Barker is an Associate Marital and Family Therapist, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UCLA and a Masters of Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Marital and Family Therapy. Lauren completed her MFT training working with victims and families of domestic violence, as well as youth runaways in both a residential and outpatient setting. Post graduation, Lauren continued her therapeutic work at Center for Discovery Rancho Palos Verdes Residential Treatment Center for adults with eating disorders. With a client-centered, non-judgmental approach, Lauren works to foster empowerment and wellbeing to clients and is excited to be transitioning to Center for Discovery – South Bay.

Ryan Scanlon, BS

Ryan Scanlon, BS

FACILITY COORDINATOR

Ryan holds a B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University in Bronx, NY. He has worked in several capacities in the mental health and social service industries, including adult and adolescent residential treatment, outpatient intake, and youth community center counseling. He has been working with Center for Discovery since December 2017. Ryan’s goal is to transform how mental health is viewed and accessed in the U.S. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A., specializing in Healthcare Administration, at California State University Long Beach.

Austin Bou

Austin Bou

DIET TECHNICIAN
Danielle Nava, BS

Danielle Nava, BS

Dietary Technician

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science & Community Nutrition Certificate from California State University, Los Angeles.  She has experience in promoting healthier communities by providing nutrition education to college students, children, and families.  These experiences including being president of the Student Dietetic Association and a Nationally Certified Peer Health Educator with the Student Health Advisory Committee as part of the mental health sub-committee at California State University, Los Angeles.  Additionally, she completed a year-long internship at an Early Head Start program sparking her interest in community nutrition and education.  With years of experience in foodservice, and preparing medically tailored meals through her volunteer services at Project Angel Food, she enjoys cooking and sharing the joy of healing through food.  She is currently pursuing graduate programs to obtain her Master of Science in Nutritional Science to become a Registered Dietitian.

SOUTH BAY OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

Center For Discovery South Bay Los Angeles is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to male and female clients of all ages. This program hosts weekly yoga therapy groups, has a very experiences staff that is trained in somatic experiencing and trauma therapy and offers an extended partial hospitalization day program for high acuity clients. This program works closely with major local hospitals such as Torrance Memorial and Children’s Hospital of Orange County inpatient units after a client has completed their inpatient stay and is ready to step down from inpatient and enroll in an outpatient program.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • Orthorexia Nervosa
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders
  • Co-Occurring Disorders with Eating Disorders

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CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
21515 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite #370
Torrance, CA 90503
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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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