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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

GET IN TOUCH CALL 866.482.3876

GET HELP

IN-PERSON SERVICES UPDATE: We are resuming in-person programming for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. In-person connection is incredibly important to behavioral health treatment and we are eager to provide this support to our patients as they move forward on the road to recovery. We also know that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. See our latest update on steps we are taking to ensure everyone at our facilities are following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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 our Path to Peace Binge Eating Disorder program. Our staff includes bilingual professionals as well as Certified Body Trust® Providers. 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

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, MA, LMHC

Ardis Vanmeerten, MA, LMHC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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 principles. Ardis believes that everyone needs to learn the tools they were never taught in order to explore thoughts, behaviors and how feelings are impacted by losing connection with their body. 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 a Certified Body Trust Provider, trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In her free time she enjoys cuddling with her bunny, writing, and speaking on the intersections of mental health and pop culture.

Chloe Allen

Chloe Allen

ADULT MILIEU MANAGER

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 Milieu Manager

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.

Kacie Plantenberg, MA, LMHCA, LMFTA

Kacie Plantenberg, MA, LMHCA, LMFTA

ADULT PRIMARY THERAPIST

Kacie Plantenberg is a Program Therapist at Center for Discovery’s outpatient program in Tacoma, WA. Kacie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, 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, MA, LMHC, CDPT

Niashay Whitaker, MA, LMHC, 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.

Julie Stewart, MS, LMHCA, CN

Julie Stewart, MS, LMHCA, CN

BED Track Therapist

Julie Stewart (she/her) is a Program Therapist at Center For Discovery in Tacoma, WA. Julie is a licensed mental health counselor associate (LMHCA) and certified nutritionist (CN). She earned her MS in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University in 2019. She has been working in the mental health field since 2002, working in a variety of outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities: chronic mental illness, drug and alcohol, group homes, and eating disorders. Julie is enthusiastic about Health at Every Size, body liberation, and intuitive eating principles. She believes everyone has the right to body respect and learning to trust their own intuition. In her clinical work Julie practices from a framework attachment theory and narrative therapy, along with utilizing skill based therapies like CBT and mindfulness. When not at the office, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and going into the woods.

Ariana Haidari

Ariana Haidari

Adolescent Facility Dietary Supervisor

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.

Nicholas Berretta

Nicholas Berretta

ADULT FACILITY DIETARY SUPERVISOR

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.

Emily Duncan

Emily Duncan

Registered Dietitian

Emily Duncan, a registered dietitian nutritionist, is health at every size advocate, and a strong proponent of evidence-based treatment plans for establishing a healthy relationship with food and body. Her background in dance and athletics means that she has experienced first hand the pressures put upon us by family members and peers to maintain “perfection.” It is this personal experience that lends well to Emily’s capacity to really engage her clients as she implements sustainable nutrition lifestyle practices. Emily is an intuitive eating coach, with both a gentle and evidence-based approach to teaching and inspiring while adopting an all foods fit approach to her own life and coaching. She enjoys trying new foods, teaching dance, hiking, shopping, and following pop culture.

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.

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.

Madeline Roscoe

Madeline Roscoe

DIET TECHNICIAN

Madeline is from Tacoma, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Science in food science and nutrition from Central Washington University and is currently working on a master of science and dietetic internship program through Marywood University. As a diet technician she works to offer guidance and support to clients during meal times. She believes that all foods fit in a healthy diet.

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.

Connor Smith

Connor Smith

DIET TECHNICIAN

Connor graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition with a specialization in Dietetics. He has a passion for helping people understand the importance of food and the impact it has on the body. Connor is striving to become a dietary diabetes educator. His desire to educate diabetics on the importance of nutrition and dietary choices stems from experiencing and observing the struggles of his mother who has type I diabetes. Connor’s hobbies include learning and practicing Japanese, watching Anime and playing soccer.

Kelsey Shepard

Kelsey Shepard

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Kelsey is a registered dietitian nutritionist at Center for Discovery. A Washington native, Kelsey journeyed East to follow her passion for nutrition and experience a different part of the country. She completed her Master of Science in Human Nutrition and her dietetic internship at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. While she enjoyed her time on the East coast, she is happy to be back home in the PNW and working in a career where she is able to help others work toward positive changes to repair their relationship with food and improve body image. Kelsey takes a compassionate approach with clients and individualizes sessions to meet each client’s needs and goals, while utilizing principles of Health at Every Size and intuitive eating in her work.
Prior to pursuing a career in nutrition, Kelsey has worked with children and adolescents in many capacities, and also has a Masters in Teaching degree in Secondary Education through Western Washington University. As a dietitian, she enjoys working with clients of all ages. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys hanging out with her dog Mia, spending time near the water, playing with her niece and nephew, going to the movies, and working on craft projects.

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.

TACOMA OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

IN-PERSON SERVICES UPDATE: We are resuming in-person programming for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. In-person connection is incredibly important to behavioral health treatment and we are eager to provide this support to our patients as they move forward on the road to recovery. We also know that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. See our latest update on steps we are taking to ensure everyone at our facilities are following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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 our Path to Peace Binge Eating Disorder program. Our staff includes bilingual professionals as well as Certified Body Trust® Providers. 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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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
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