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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our New Haven, CT a outpatient center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Outpatient

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, LMFT, CEDS-S

Jessica Harris, LMFT, CEDS-S

West Coast Assistant Director of Eating Disorder 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 5 years, she has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings. 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 IOP setting.

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.

Jenna Pope, MFTI

Jenna Pope, MFTI

Program Director

Jenna Pope brings over eight years of combined education, clinical experience and program development to the Center For Discovery. She has dedicated herself to working with women, adolescents, and families recovering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, bereavement and co-occurring mental disorders.

Jenna earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at St Mary’s College of California where she was also the founding president of SMC’s Psi Chi Chapter, Honors Society in Psychology. During her time there she volunteered as an advocate to sexual assault survivors. She obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology, concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Argosy University. Simultaneously, Jenna served as the residential therapist guiding young women in the transition from the foster care system to becoming active and contributing members of society.

Jenna addresses the work she does with compassion and integrity. She believes that empowerment and skill building can help women create positive and lasting change needed to achieve and maintain recovery.

Brian Reiswig, MA

Brian Reiswig, MA

Brian Reiswig MA, IMF 81480 graduated from the University of California in San Diego. He obtained his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Bethel Seminary. While still in graduate school, Brian began to work with clients struggling in their relationships with food and body image. This experience cultivated a passion for helping individuals reclaim their joy in these struggles. After graduation, Brian went on to work at Potentia Family Therapy, a highly specialized Eating Disorder practice based in San Diego. In addition to his training in Eating Disorders and Body Image, Brian has specialized training in trauma treatment, substance addiction and compulsive behavior. As on-call primary therapist, Brian is devoted to the support and empowerment of those on the journey to recovery. Brian is a guest lecturer on the topics of trauma and eating disorders at Bethel Seminary and Azusa Pacific, and speaks widely on compulsive behavior in the San Diego area.

Theresa Carmichael, RD

Theresa Carmichael, RD

Registered Dietitian

Theresa Carmichael earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Foods & Nutrition from San Diego State University. Shortly after graduation she was accepted to a dietetic internship through the University of Nevada Las Vegas with an emphasis in Clinical Nutrition. As a previous Diet Technician, Ms. Carmichael has been working with adolescents with eating disorders in a residential setting at Center For Discovery since 2014. She has found a passion working with clients of all ages struggling with mental health and eating disorders. Ms. Carmichael is thrilled to continue her future with Center For Discovery, helping clients overcome their struggles with food. Outside of work Ms. Carmichael enjoys staying active and continues to further her education.

Jordan Carter

Jordan Carter

Primary Therapist

Jordan Carter graduated from George Fox University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and an emphasis in counseling and leadership. During her time at George Fox, Jordan provided counseling and support services for older persons in the community, as well as adolescents, and people who struggle with offending behavior issues. She received her Master of Clinical Social Work from Baylor University in Waco, Texas concentrating on physical and mental health. Jordan’s graduate work focused primarily on substance abuse counseling and women’s studies.

Jordan has experience working on a myriad of mental issues, including offending behaviors and disorders, anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, substance abuse, developmental delays and disorders, difficult life transitions, and trauma related issues. She currently works as a primary therapist at Center For Discovery and previously served as a residential counselor at Center For Discovery Del Mar providing support and a safe therapeutic environment for women struggling with eating disorders.

Candice Franklin

Candice Franklin

Facility Coordinator

Candice Franklin earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences from San Diego State University. Throughout her schooling, Candice was an active member of the Student Nutrition Organization and HeadSTRONG at SDSU. She volunteered in various locations throughout San Diego County, including Rady Children’s Hospital, Feeding America San Diego, WIC offices, and Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Following graduation, she joined the Center For Discovery team as a Diet Technician. She has worked with adolescents and adults in Residential Mental Health and Outpatient Eating Disorders since 2016. After gaining experience as a Diet Technician, Candice earned the role of Facility Coordinator for the Del Mar Outpatient Eating Disorders Program.

Mia Najor

Mia Najor

Primary Therapist

Mia Najor earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Mia provides a warm and authentic presence and her main goal is to empower her clients and to help them see that they are the holders of change.

Mia specializes in treating adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders and has experience working in all levels of care. She first started at Center for Discovery in 2013 as a counselor in residential treatment for adolescents. She then went on to become a primary therapist at a renowned eating disorder partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program. She was also trusted to travel as a therapist to facilities outside of California in order to support other programs. During her graduate program, Mia had the opportunity to train at Sharp Mesa Vista where she supported adults suffering from severe and persistent mental illness.

Mia is passionate about working with diverse populations and collaborating with clients to help them feel heard and equipped with skills to become fully recovered. Mia is well-versed in DBT, CBT, Solution Focused therapy, and Narrative therapy. She also has training in Gottman Couples Therapy.

Mia’s role as a consulting therapist includes meal support as well as individual, family and group therapy. Mia has a true love for humanity and is proud to call herself a therapist.

Michelle Beckmann

Michelle Beckmann

Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor

Michelle is a yoga teacher passionate about offering a space where stillness and inner peace can shine. She completed her yoga training with Bikram’s college of India in 2011. She has since attended mindfulness and yoga lectures by senior teachers as well as attended and volunteered at meditation retreats through Chopra and Bodhi meditation. Through self and formal study Michelle continues her growth in the areas of ayurveda, yoga and ancient wisdom.

Prior to life as a yogi, Michelle completed her BA in psychology from University of California Los Angeles and earned her credential in special education from California State, Fullerton. Michelle enjoyed her life as a special educator and cheer coach for several years before deciding to pursue her passions of yoga and mental health in a new setting.

In 2010 Michelle began working as a counselor for Center for Discovery. She feels fortunate and honored to have worked with clients being treated at CFD for substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health. She uses her past experiences to create a blended mindfulness/yoga program that will inspire shift and greater inner union unique to each individual.