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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our Woodland Hills, CA, an outpatient center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Woodland Hills, CA

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

National Director of Operations, Outpatient Eating Disorder

Dawn Delgado, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an EMDR trained trauma specialist. She holds both her CEDS, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and CEDS-S Supervisor designation through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  Dawn has dedicated herself to working with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues for over 15 years.

In addition, to her lengthy tenure at Center For Discovery, she has directed and been instrumental in developing residential, partial hospitalization/day treatment, intensive outpatient, and transitional living programs. Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she incorporates this form of trauma treatment in her private practice, Inspire Evolve, and into the clinical programming at Center For Discovery.  An active member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), she is a former chair member of the Los Angeles chapter. Dawn has a passion for yoga and travel and has served as a consultant to clinics and hospitals in Bali, Singapore, Java, and Dubai.

Jessica Harris, MA, LMFT

Jessica Harris, MA, LMFT

West Coast Assistant Director of ED Outpatient Services

Jessica Harris graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She obtained her Masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Over the past 7 years, she has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings including eating disorders. Prior to joining the Center For Discovery team, Jessica worked as the Program Manager of a Residential Treatment Center treating adult women with eating disorders. She has additional experience working with eating disorders at the inpatient, partial and outpatient level of care treating adult and adolescent men and women. During her graduate studies, Jessica worked as a developmental therapist with special needs children and their families assisting them in supporting their child’s communication, relational and social skills needs.  Jessica uses a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy.  She is passionate about providing individualized and group support in the outpatient division.

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Cyndi Pulsinelli, LMFT

Regional Director of ED Outpatient Services Southern California

Cyndi Pulsinelli obtained her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in San Diego, California. She also holds undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Civic Leadership. She is a passionate clinician who believes in helping individuals and families acknowledge their authenticity while finding balance in the family system.

She practices using evidence based treatment modalities including DBT and CBT, while cultivating hope through a strengths-based approach. She has experience working with a broad range of issues including eating disorders, grief and loss, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, family struggles, PTSD, and crisis intervention.

Cyndi has worked at Discovery’s residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient centers in Del Mar, Newport Beach, and La Jolla; where she worked as primary therapist and support staff. She provided individual, family, and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults with eating disorders and dual diagnosis. During her graduate studies, she worked for San Diego Hospice as a bereavement counselor, providing psychotherapy to individuals and families through their bereavement journeys. While also working for the San Diego Police Department as a Crisis Interventionist for several years, offering psychological first-aid to victims and witnesses who have experienced trauma. Cyndi currently serves as a volunteer Chaplin for the Office of Emergency Services of San Diego County, providing counseling services to first-responders and victims in emergency situations.

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

West Coast Supervisor of Outpatient Dietary Services

Kacy earned her bachelor’s of science in Clinical Nutrition and minor in Psychology from the University of New Jersey, Davis and went on to earn her master’s of science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition from New Jersey State University Northridge. To complement her education in nutrition, Kacy obtained a certificate in personal training from the American Council on Exercise.

Essentially by accident Kacy found a way to combine all her areas of interest and education when she began working as a Diet Tech in 2009 at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center. Once Kacy completed her dietetic internship through CSUN, she became a Registered Dietitian at ANJ and worked with adults and adolescents at the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial day treatment (PDT) levels of care. In Early 2014 Kacy began working Center For Discovery where she now finds fulfilment working in adolescent residential and adult Outpatient eating disorder treatment. Kacy also maintains a private practice, The Shameless Eater, in Westwood, Ca and is serving as secretary of Behavioral Health and Nutrition dietetic practice group for the 2014-2016 term.

Kate Behzadi, MA, LMFT

Kate Behzadi, MA, LMFT

Program Director

Kate Behzadi is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and eating disorder specialist. She earned a Bachelor’s in Interpersonal Communication Studies from UCLA, as well as a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. Kate has a background providing mental health services to underprivileged communities, including the homeless population and low-income families. She began her training in the treatment of eating disorders while working as a Primary Therapist in a day treatment facility for both adolescent and adult men and women. There she gained experience in treatment planning and client advocacy, as well as providing individual and group therapy to clients and their families throughout the recovery process.

Along with her training in cognitive behavioral and narrative modalities, Kate has a passion for psychoeducation and family systems work. She uses an integrative approach to draw on client’s strengths and resources to help them align their values and preferences with their actions and behaviors. Kate’s warm, yet direct, nature provides a safe space for clients to challenge their eating disorder and strengthen their healthy self. In addition to her role at Center for Discovery, Kate provides individual outpatient treatment in her private practice.

Cecilia Blauvelt, MFT-I

Cecilia Blauvelt, MFT-I

Primary Therapist

Cecilia Blauvelt graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a minor in Spanish Language Studies. She obtained her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy with from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Cecilia was a member of a team of therapists at Fairfield University’s Koslow Center as part of her clinical training. Cecilia specializes in family systems. She works with both structural and strategic therapy models. Cecilia also uses other theories of therapy such as Solution Focused Therapy. Cecilia has experience in working with children, families, couples, and individuals.

Cecilia has worked in numerous areas of therapy settings across both East & West coast which include The Renfrew Center of New Jersey which treated adolescent and adult women with eating disorders; Outreach Concern in Santa Ana, California where she worked with adolescents in a school setting; Masada Homes in Lancaster, California where she provided in-home therapy to children and their families; and most recently, another treatment center in Woodland Hills, California where she worked with women and men of all ages with eating disorders.

Cecilia approaches each patient with compassion and understanding. She believes that empowering people by leading them to see their full potential creates the change that is needed for recovery.

Carissa Berger

Carissa Berger

Registered Dietitian

Cassie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She received a Bachelors degree in both Journalism and Nutrition from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), whereby she also completed her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science. During her graduate studies, Cassie critically evaluated many areas of food culture and utilized her experience in writing and education to combat present day food myths in regards to health and nutrition. Prior to joining the team at Center for Discovery, Cassie gained her clinical experience as an intern at UCLA Medical Center and is concurrently working as a Clinical Dietitian at Adventist Health Simi Valley Hospital.

Cassie adheres to the All Foods Fit Philosophy and enjoys helping clients find their own path to recovery by creating a healthy relationship with food.  She works with both adolescent and adult clients on setting and achieving their individual goals while focusing on the principles of intuitive eating.

She is a member of the Los Angeles Dietetic Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Tessa Gordon, AMFT

Tessa Gordon, AMFT

Program Therapist

Tessa Gordon, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Yoga and Mindful Movement Instructor.  Tessa graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate University–where she specialized in Narrative/Postmodern Therapies. She specializes in eating disorders, body image, anxiety, substance mis-use, relationship dynamics, and trauma.

Combining clinical and lived experience with a love of social justice, Tessa works as a Program Therapist for Center For Discovery, where her passion to help others find recovery and healing is integrated into each part of her work. For several years, Tessa has been actively involved in the eating disorder recovery field. Prior to joining CFD, Tessa has provided therapy at a variety of community counseling centers, treatment facilities, and in private practice. Tessa has worked as a mentor and ED recovery coach, helping others receive the appropriate level of care, advocating for clients and families rights, and promoting body acceptance. Tessa is extremely passionate about working closely with individuals to discover and connect to their hopes, values, passions and interests outside of the problem, and support them in re-(dis)covering what their “anti-eating disorder” life will look like. Her ability to think outside the nine dots, and ask questions that others may not, enables her to work with her clients to develop creative solutions to help untangle what many would consider to be complicated situations.

She believe that learning to trust our true nature means unlearning the socially constructed narratives that tell us we are less than others and somehow inherently flawed

Aaron Flores, RDN

Aaron Flores, RDN

Registered Dietitian

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California.  With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings.  A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder.  Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents at multiple treatment facilities in Los Angeles.

His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors.  Aaron’s work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and was the closing keynote speaker of the 2016 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged. Aaron is most recently a Body Trust® certification recipient.

Kaylee Sandstorm, BS

Kaylee Sandstorm, BS

Lead Facility Coordinator, Eating Disorder Division

Kaylee completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science, with a minor in Holistic Health, through California State University Los Angeles. She worked for Center for Discovery in a residential treatment center as a Diet Technician during her undergraduate career.

After graduation, her fondness with working in mental health had only grown stronger. She moved to Santa Barbara and was the Chef and Diet Technician for an intensive outpatient eating disorder facility. There she was able to build a strong foundation in food service management. Constructed Congregate Living Health Facility (CLHF) dietetic sanitation policies for all residential treatment center (RTC) locations for upcoming health inspections, generated proper food service/handling protocols and guidelines for every employee to follow companywide and created a 100+ page menu with full nutritional breakdown.

She opened the Woodland Hills location as Facility Coordinator for the first year and strived for excellence. Kaylee has since been promoted to Lead Facility Coordinator for the Eating Disorder Division, and is committed to attaining standardized and quality care at all of our outpatient facilities throughout the nation.

Lani Rausa

Lani Rausa

Diet Technician

ani is currently a Family and Consumer Sciences Major with a focus in Nutrition and Dietetics at California State University, Northridge. With a degree from the Le Cordon Bleu program at the California School of Culinary Arts, she has gained experience from restaurants to catering to becoming a private chef.  Her motto is “Eat to live so I can live to eat!”

Her interests in food, fitness, and wellness have led her to pursue a career in the field of Nutrition where she feels rewarded by sharing these passions with others. She is thrilled to be a part of the Center for Discovery, Woodland Hills team, helping individuals find strength through recovery and vitality.

Vladimir Lipovetsky, MD

Vladimir Lipovetsky, MD

Psychiatrist

Vladimir Lipovetsky is the medical director at Center For Discovery Woodland Hills treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by psychiatric conditions, including eating disorders, substance abuse and others.  Dr. Lipovetsky is a psychiatrist who earned his MD at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.  He completed his psychiatry residency training at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.  There he also completed a fellowship in trauma. He is a board certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience of treating patients across the range of psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders.

Kaitlin Stone, MFTI

Kaitlin Stone, MFTI

Program Therapist

Katie Stone is the Program Therapist at Center For Discovery, Woodland Hills OP, treating adolescents and adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Katie is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and earned her Bachelor’s of Art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Psychology and Art and her Master’s of Art degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Katie has a specialized interest in mindfulness and is certified yoga teacher. She is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (PSI CHI) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Malia Gallegos, MA, LMFT

Malia Gallegos, MA, LMFT

Program Therapist

Malia, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Certified Trauma Resiliency Model Practitioner, has been with Center for Discovery since 2014.  In her roles as program director, primary therapist, and currently as consulting therapist, she has developed a style for working with discovery clients and families that infuses somatic awareness, trauma resiliency, and process work with skill development. Currently, she conducts group therapy for the Binge Eating Disorder track at Woodland Hills.

Alyssa Song, BA

Alyssa Song, BA

Facility Coordinator

Alyssa obtained her Bachelor of Arts, in Sociology & Psychology, from Whittier College. As an undergrad she focused her senior research on childhood self-esteem which validated her want to work in the treatment field because she knew she had a passion for aspiring to help others realize their worth. She previously helped open an eating disorder outpatient treatment center in the Santa Clarita Valley where she coordinated and managed the administrative and clinical needs of the facility. A firm advocate for the eating disorder field she was fast promoted and began to work closely with the admissions department and developing marketing approaches. After 3 years she was ready to move up and recently became a part of the Center for Discovery team at Beverly Hills and now Woodland Hills. No stranger to the eating disorder field, she is always ready to take on any task at hand and her no- nonsense attitude attributes to her determination to providing superior care for clients and their families.