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Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
2202 South Cedar
Suite 175

Tacoma, WA 98405
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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Center for Discovery Tacoma is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center providing partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care to female and male clients of all ages. This Washington location provides eating disorder treatment for clients who are located in the South Puget Sound and is the only intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program located in Pierce County.

This treatment facility provides flexible scheduling for up to six days per week and has separate suites for adolescents and adults. The clinical staff is extensively trained in trauma informed treatment including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Some staff members are bilingual. This treatment center prides itself on taking a body positive approach and “health at every size” philosophy while also having certified eating disorder specialists on staff.

Center for Discovery Tacoma hosts weekly support groups for individuals and their families and is active in the Tacoma community as the staff is part of the Tacoma Eating Disorder Professional Network and staff members actively participate in the NEDA walk, and IAEDP learning opportunities.

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Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S

Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S

REGIONAL DIRECTOR & PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Maureen Peterson is the Program Director at Center For Discovery Tacoma OP treating  adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Maureen is a licensed mental health counselor and earned her BA  in Psychology  from Pacific Lutheran University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. She also completed a certificate program in The Long Term Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders through the University of Washington school of Social Work.Maureen has been working in the mental health field since 1991 and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1996. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. In 2011, Maureen received the “Spirit of the Alliance” award through the Alliance for Families, a national organization. She is passionate about community service, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Ardis Vanmeerten, LMHC

Ardis Vanmeerten, LMHC

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR & ADULT PRIMARY THERAPIST

Ardis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who focuses on disordered eating, trauma and the damage of stigmatization. She has a strong passion for helping facilitate the repair of relationships between bodies and food through body trust, health at every size and social justice principals. Ardis believes that everyone deserves another chance to explore their thoughts, behaviors and how their feelings are impacted by losing connection with their body and explore how they are impacted by navigating through society. Ardis first started with Center for Discovery in 2013 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carroll College. She went on to complete the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Program through Liberty University. She has over ten years of experience working in outpatient, residential and inpatient settings for eating disorders and children’s mental health. Ardis is trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and takes a reality therapy approach.

Chloe Allen

Chloe Allen

ADULT FACILITY COORDINATOR

Chloe is the adolescent facility coordinator in Tacoma. She graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a Bachelors of Artsdegree in psychology. She studied abroad in Austria for a short time where she learned about the psychology of food and culture. Chloe believes that different cultures and different backgrounds can influence one’s relationship with food and the body. She has a passion for working with people with eating disorders and body image challenges. She is also a certified yoga teacher and believes that yoga has healing properties and can help with body acceptance and body positivity. Other interests include art, traveling and practicing reiki. Chloe is committed to supporting people in recovery.

Ashley Walther

Ashley Walther

ADOLESCENT FACILITY COORDINATOR/DIET TECHNICIAN

Ashley is currently pursuing a double bachelors degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and Health with an intended graduation date in December 2019. Ashley has five years of experience working with adolescents and adults in a series of settings. Ashley has lived in five different countries and visited numerous others. During her summer semesters of University in Europe, Ashley traveled to Eastern European countries networking with community associations that benefit immigrants and underprivileged families with immigration funding programs in the Netherlands.

Ashley spent two years in the Netherlands studying medicine where she did in-depth research into perceptions of mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, by student populations and genetic abnormalities. She volunteered her time with low-income elementary and voorbereidend middelbar beroepsonderwijs (VMBO) students (ages 12-16) who normally would not be exposed to programs and classes that would foster an interest in the medical field. Ashley is interested in furthering her knowledge about behavioral health in relation to Nutrition and proper health maintenance.

Laurel Madson-Lawson, MA, LMFTA

Laurel Madson-Lawson, MA, LMFTA

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Laurel Madson Lawson is the Program Therapist at the Center for Discovery in Tacoma Washington, providing services to adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Laurel Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Laurel attended the University of Utah where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Environment and Behavior. She completed her masters degree at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Laurel has been working with teens for over 20 years in different capacities from art teacher to kayak camp instructor. She is an artist in her free time and mom to two girls. Laurel strives to develop a therapeutic relationship consisting of honesty and empathy to collaborate change with each client. Laurel believes each client is unique and each family is unique, therefore she tailors a therapeutic alliance that fits each one. She is passionate about eating disorder recovery and helping those who struggle with ED and Body Image challenges. Laurel uses Solution Focused Therapy/Art Therapy/ and EFFT.

Kacie Eldridge-Johnson, MA, LMFTA

Kacie Eldridge-Johnson, MA, LMFTA

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Kacie Eldridge-Johnson is a Program Therapist at Center for Discovery’s outpatient program in Tacoma, WA. Kacie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, and graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, from Brandman University. Kacie also received her Bachelor’s degree from Brandman University, majoring in Psychology and earning a certificate in Nutrition and Wellness. Kacie has been passionate about pursuing knowledge in the eating disorders field and has been a volunteer with the National Eating Disorders Association for the past six years. Kacie believes in the healing power of community and enjoys seeing the communities of recovery that Center for Discovery fosters in its clients.

Niashay Whitaker, LMHCA CDPT

Niashay Whitaker, LMHCA CDPT

ADOLESCENT PRIMARY THERAPIST

Niashay Whitaker earned her undergraduate degree in developmental psychology from Eastern Washington University in 2013 and her graduate degree from Seattle University in community counseling in 2017. While studying Niashay specialized in child development and multicultural studies. Her internship included working with underprivileged youth helping youth and their families. Niashay received her Master of Education from Seattle University in community counselor with an emphasis in social justice. While studying, Niashay began her working at an inpatient eating disorder clinic helping clients develop tools, coping skills, and running specialized groups.

Niashay’s areas of focus include but are not limited to; eating disorders,trauma-focused care, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment concerns, and parenting.

Boyd Cowan, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Boyd Cowan, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Boyd Cowan is the psychiatric provider at Center for Discovery Tacoma PHP treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders and mental health disorders. Boyd is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and earned his Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Seattle University and Master’s in Psychology from Seattle University. Boyd has been working with children, adults, and families in the mental health field for 8 years. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, providing psychiatric assessment, prescribing psychiatric medications, and conducting counseling and family therapy.

Ariana Haidari, RD, CD

Ariana Haidari, RD, CD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Ariana graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware and completed her dietetic internship at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to joining the Center for Discovery, Ariana worked with high-risk parents and children, including multiple immigrant groups, as a dietitian for the Women, Infant, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC). There, Ariana honed her counseling technique and incorporated Health at Every Size and eSatter philosophy into her sessions. She aims to help clients recognize Diet Culture in their daily lives and empowers them to distinguish this from sound nutritional science. She has been recognized by the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the 2019 Young Dietitian of the Year and as a FoodMinds 2019 UpwaRD Award Winner.
In her spare time, Ariana leads an effort to establish a food cooperative in Tacoma and is active within the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ariana loves to spend time outside, especially mountaineering in Washington’s beautiful Cascades.

Nicole Ford, MA.ED, LMHC, NCC

Nicole Ford, MA.ED, LMHC, NCC

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Nicole is a therapist for the eating disorder recovery program at the Center for Discovery in Tacoma, WA treating adults impacted by eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and identity crisis. Nicole has earned her Masters in Community Counseling from Seattle University and works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and narrative theoretical practices to help guide other’s self-reflection and realize their strengths. Nicole works to be conscious of cultural and spiritual values and adapt therapy to best fit each unique individual. Nicole has been passionate in pursuing knowledge of eating disorders, as well as joining others in their own development of self-discovery, healing, and mental well-being. Some of Nicole’s interests that have been key to her wellness are enjoying the outdoors, painting, traveling, dance studios, and nurturing relationships with family and friends.

The path to recovery may feel isolating and daunting; by seeking out help I applaud you for taking the first step. Nicole looks forward being a part of your journey working towards your healing and peace.

Virginia Alcalde RDN, CD, E-RYT

Virginia Alcalde RDN, CD, E-RYT

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Virginia “Gigi” Alcalde is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, she graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Bastyr University. Gigi is also a Certified Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance and has completed multiple yoga teacher training with specialization in hatha and vinyasa yoga.

Gigi believes in an integrative mind-body-spirit approach to healing disordered eating and eating disorders, and considers the reconnection and nourishment of all three areas as essential to recovery. With a person-centered and compassionate approach, Gigi supports individuals with nutrition therapy incorporating modalities such as intuitive eating principles, Be Body Positive competencies, yoga and mindfulness practices.

Gigi is currently completing a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Bastyr University.

Jenni Scharf

Jenni Scharf

CLINICAL OUTREACH SUPERVISOR AND STAFF RECRUITMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jenni Scharf is the Clinical Outreach Supervisor and Staff Recruitment Representative at Center For Discovery in the Northwest treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Jenni earned her degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Management from Western Washington University. Jenni has been working in healthcare marketing since 2001 and has held seats on 4 separate Pacific Northwest iaedp chapter boards. Jenni loves being a resource for professionals. She is a wife and mom to three kids and is passionate about helping families find the recovery they need to be healthy, whole and happy once again.

Rebecca Reeder

Rebecca Reeder

Clinical Outreach Representative

Rebecca Reeder is a Clinical Outreach Representative at Center for Discovery. She represents their portfolio of programs located within Washington state, serving adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Rebecca has worked in a variety of treatment settings, providing direct care in residential, outpatient and telehealth capacities. She has also had the joy of managing admissions for several facilities, for both primary eating disorders and primary substance use disorders. Rebecca currently holds a seat on the Puget Sound chapter board for IAEDP. She is dedicated to fostering collaboration, increasing awareness about mental and behavioral health, and discovering creative, valuable ways to serve her community. Rebecca lives in downtown Seattle with her partner, Molly, where together they try hard to keep their plants alive and all their animals living in constant bliss.

Kaitlyn Bassler, MSN, RN

Kaitlyn Bassler, MSN, RN

REGISTERED NURSE

Kaitlyn is the registered nurse for the Tacoma outpatient program. She graduated from Pacific
Lutheran University with a Master of Science in Nursing in May 2017. She is currently pursuing
her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. She has 3 years of
experience as a mental health nurse, working with both adolescents and adults in various
inpatient settings. Kaitlyn passionately supports her clients through recovery while encouraging
both physical and mental wellness.

Nicholas Berretta

Nicholas Berretta

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Nicholas Berretta is a Registered Dietitian who holds degrees in both biochemistry and nutrition, and he is thrilled and grateful to be working with Center for Discovery’s Tacoma team. Mr. Berretta has spent the entirety of his dietetics career counseling individuals with disordered eating patterns, and is a strong proponent of Health At Every Size operating from an All Foods Fit philosophy. Mr. Berretta understands that our relationship with food and body image is systematically associated with previous life experiences, and it is this understanding that has driven him to further explore the research behind eating sustainably, dismissing myths propagated by diet culture, and embracing eating in a way that is helpful, as opposed to harmful, to our bodies and minds.

TACOMA OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Tacoma is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center providing partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care to female and male clients of all ages. This Washington location provides eating disorder treatment for clients who are located in the South Puget Sound and is the only intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program located in Pierce County.

This treatment facility provides flexible scheduling for up to six days per week and has separate suites for adolescents and adults. The clinical staff is extensively trained in trauma informed treatment including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Some staff members are bilingual. This treatment center prides itself on taking a body positive approach and “health at every size” philosophy while also having certified eating disorder specialists on staff.

Center for Discovery Tacoma hosts weekly support groups for individuals and their families and is active in the Tacoma community as the staff is part of the Tacoma Eating Disorder Professional Network and staff members actively participate in the NEDA walk, and IAEDP learning opportunities.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
2202 South Cedar
Suite 175

Tacoma, WA 98405
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