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Torrance, CA

Torrance Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
21515 Hawthorne Boulevard
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

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 Torrance is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to patients of all genders and all ages. At Discovery, patients work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give them the confidence and reassurance they need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide patients through the entire process and help propel them to discovering a better self. Treatment modalities we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities. Discovery’s specialized binge eating disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Anthem BC, Cigna/ Great West, Holman Group, Networks by Design and UNICARE – Beacon HS. For free insurance verification, click here.

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 patients. 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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MEET THE TEAM

Program Director

Christina Weiss, LMFT, MPHC

Program Therapist

Isabella Williams

Neurofeedback Specialist

Michelle Kunzelmann

Primary Therapist

Elaine Quintiliani

Organizational Behavior

Paula Capulong

Registered Dietitian

Sarah Charton

Registered Dietitian

Nicole Nabor

Registered Dietitian

Kaitlyn Allen

Counselor

Alexa Jasper-Richter

Program Director

Christina Weiss, LMFT, MPHC

Christina has enthusiastically spent over 17 years in mental health: leading clinical outreach at eating disorder programs, working as a licensed therapist at all levels of care in eating disorder, addiction and trauma treatment, and working closely with and studying under pioneers in the eating disorder treatment field. Christina received her undergraduate degree in psychology and business from University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public health communications from Annenberg at USC where she researched the impact of media on eating disorders in adolescents. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in spiritual depth, at Antioch University, studying attachment theory at Tavistock Institute in London. She is trained in somatic experiencing and eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR). Christina currently sits on the board of the South Bay Eating Disorder Coalition, which she helped found in 2010. She was instrumental in launching several International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) chapters on the West Coast and the first National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Walk in Los Angeles. Together with her clients, Christina creates a safe space to explore issues where they feel stuck. From a 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.

Program Therapist

Isabella Williams

Isabella Williams is an associate marriage and family therapist and art therapist at Center for Discovery, South Bay. She earned her Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy with an emphasis in art therapy at Loyola Marymount University. During her training, Isabella explored many avenues, including working with older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive decline and working with children and adolescents in a medical hospital with curable and terminal illnesses. Post-graduation, Isabella continued her therapeutic work with at-risk youth in a school setting and worked in private practice creating curriculums and treatments plans based on body image anxiety, depression, grief and loss and sexual abuse/trauma — using art to process. She looks forward to supporting patients as they work towards recovery.

Neurofeedback Specialist

Michelle Kunzelmann

Michelle believes that neuroscience is at the center of healing. She enjoys helping those new to neurofeedback understand the process and benefits, ensuring that they feel safe as they begin their journey. Michelle also emphasizes the importance of educating clients about brain health in treatment. Because of her own struggle with depression, trauma, and complicated reactions to medications, Michelle prefers a natural approach to healing. While training to become certified, she experienced her own transformation and at that time she knew she had found her life’s passion. Michelle’s favorite quote is “every brain deserves this chance” and she begins each day eager to help others, with gratitude for the healing in her own life. Michelle has worked extensively with developmental trauma survivors and with clients who suffer chronic emotion dysregulation, as well as co-occurring eating and substance use disorders.

Primary Therapist

Elaine Quintiliani

Elaine is excited to work with patients at the PHP and IOP levels and plans to become a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) in the near future. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in psychology and business from Marymount California University. After obtaining her degree, she worked in the real estate industry for a number of years, holding roles in sales and marketing. By working in real estate, Elaine reflected on how professionals build high levels of trust and emotional flexibility with their clients when closing deals on new homes. From there, her personal experience with an eating disorder led her to a passionate pivot, pursuing her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Elaine’s clinical practicum took place at Clear Recovery Center in Hermosa Beach, where she worked with dual diagnosis clients dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Primarily using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic-infused approaches in her practice, Elaine works to meet clients where they are in their stage of recovery.

Organizational Behavior

Paula Capulong

Since 2015, Paula has been with Center for Discovery, starting out supporting the youth as a residential counselor. Since then, her passion to help others in need has constantly reminded her of her own personal struggles with mental health and addiction. Paula will earn her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational behavior in 2021 at National University and plans to pursue a Master of Science degree in applied behavior analysis. Paula is motivated to be part of a generational solution to the challenges that organizations face when it comes to productivity and effectiveness. By gaining the knowledge she needs, she is empowered to be part of a movement that will focus on staff development and creating a positive culture that will reduce the turnover commonly seen in the behavioral health field. Outside of work, Paula is a serial entrepreneur with experience in the import and export industries as well as the consumer electronics trading world. Having launched her business in 2020, one of Paula’s major interest involves financial awareness such as investing and stock trading. When Paula is not driven by curiosity with current innovation, she enjoys day spas, watching thriller movies and frequent road trips.

Registered Dietitian

Sarah Charton

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition from San Diego State University in 2017. She went to graduate school in Chicago at Dominican University, completing a dual program in 2019: a dietetic internship and Master of Business Administration. During her dietetic internship, highlights included working with Division 1 athletes, fostering an All Foods Fit approach at Northwestern University while providing nutrition support, and completing a case study during her clinical rotation about refeeding syndrome with eating disorder patients. Her current professional specialties and interests include: All Foods Fit, Intuitive Eating, eating disorders and sports performance. Sarah played soccer competitively for 10 years and recreationally in leagues during undergraduate and graduate school. This led her to her passion for nutrition when she realized how much she loved cooking in high school and how nutrition played a huge role in sports performance. In high school and early on in college, Sarah fell deep into diet culture with disordered eating habits while playing soccer. After she overcame her disordered eating habits, she realized she wanted to help others develop a better relationship with food and their bodies. Before the pandemic, Sarah loved travelling, learning about other cultures and trying new foods. She has visited 20 countries so far. In her free time, Sarah loves to dance, listen to audiobooks or podcasts while driving, try new recipes, hike, walk her two dogs and spend time with family and friends.

Registered Dietitian

Nicole Nabor

Since 2017, Nicole has been working with patients with eating disorders at Center for Discovery. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship through California State University, Long Beach with a wide array of hands-on experience in nutrition working at a variety of facilities (schools, restaurants, hospitals, recovery centers, etc.). Nicole has a passion for helping people recover a healthy relationship with food, helping them find joy in life and providing nutrition education.

Registered Dietitian

Kaitlyn Allen

Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Arizona State University in 2013. She then went on to complete a Master of Science degree in human nutrition and functional medicine as well as a master’s degree in health education with an emphasis on eating disorders. During these programs, her interest in eating disorders was sparked. She then completed a coordinated dietetic internship with a Master of Science degree in nutrition and metabolism from The University of Texas Medical Branch. During her dietetic internship, she interned with Center for Discovery. Kaitlyn follows an All Foods Fit philosophy and is passionate about Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size.

Counselor

Alexa Jasper-Richter

Lexi joined Center of Discovery, South Bay, to gain more clinical experience after working in the education field. Before starting at Center for Discovery, she spent five years instructing and supporting children with various special needs at the local South Bay elementary school, Alta Vista. During this time, Lexi gained vast experience working with others, navigating interpersonal relationships on a day-to-day basis. Born in Eugene, Oregon and having spent most of her life in the South Bay, Lexi returned to Eugene to study for four years at the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in the hopes of further developing a career as either a family therapist or school psychologist. Lexi brings a positive and encouraging attitude to the team while utilizing innovative techniques to assist clients. Her daily focus includes facilitating skills-based therapy groups, acting as a compassionate mentor to clients, and mindfully serving those suffering from crises and emotional dysregulation. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks with her dog, going to the movies and playing video games.

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

TORRANCE 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.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________

Center For Discovery Torrance is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to patients of all genders and all ages. At Discovery, patients work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give them the confidence and reassurance they need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide patients through the entire process and help propel them to discovering a better self. Treatment modalities we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities. Discovery’s specialized binge eating disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Anthem BC, Cigna/ Great West, Holman Group, Networks by Design and UNICARE – Beacon HS. For free insurance verification, click here.

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 patients. 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.

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

Covid Clean Logo Large

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

YouTube video

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

21515 Hawthorne Boulevard
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
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