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Center For Discovery Overview

Los Alamitos, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Health Care
$1 to $5 million (USD) per year
Center For Discovery is an eating disorder residential treatment program for teens, adolescents, and adult women. Our eating disorder treatment program is dedicated solely to the treatment of women, teens and adolescents with eating disorders. At Center For Discovery, we do more ... Read more

Mission: Center For Discovery creates a transformative therapeutic experience aimed at profoundly and creatively facilitating behavioral, emotional, and spiritual growth for our clients and their families.

Company Updates

  • Rn and LVN positions are available (part & full time) in may of our residential programs. Please visit our web site at or email Jesse Rios at

    Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Centers for Women and Teens

    Residential|Outpatient personalized eating disorder treatment plans for women, teens and adolescents with mental health, substance abuse disorders. Insurance accepted

  • Clinical Leadership roles available in northern and southern California. Interested licensed clinicians should email Scott Johnson at to receive more information

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Center For Discovery – Why Work For Us?


At Center For Discovery, we are dedicated to providing residential treatment for women and teens for over 18 years. At Center For Discovery, we provide residential treatment for women with eating disorders, teens with eating disorders, teens with mental health disorders, and teens with substance abuse issues. Each of our locations is dedicated solely to one of our specialized treatment programs. By keeping each location specialized to one of our treatment programs, we are able to provide the most effective and efficient treatment.

All of our locations provide treatment for only a small number of residents at one time to maintain an intimate setting and a high staff to resident ratio. Treatment within a residential neighborhood allows our residents to feel more comfortable in a familiar surrounding and provides greater transferability and internalization of the treatment experience to life after treatment. We place a high priority on providing an environment where our clients feel like and are treated like people, never patients.

Center For Discovery has been dedicated to providing successful residential treatment for years, and over that time we have developed a proprietary treatment model that has helped us create a legacy of success. Our proprietary program allows for one-of-a-kind treatment to be provided to every client to support their healing, growth, and recovery. At Center For Discovery, we know that treatment is not only about the diagnosed issues, it is about the contributing factors that underlie those conditions. We understand that while the symptoms may be similar, the underlying factors are unique to each of our clients. All clients are personally involved in creating their treatment program and treatment is highly individualized to address the specific underlying issues of each client


Eating Disorder Treatment for Adult Women
Our residential treatment programs treat adult women, age 18 and over, who are struggling with an eating disorder. We combine therapeutic treatment, addressing the underlying issues and eating disorder behavior, with nutritional education and practical kitchen skills that support long-term recovery. We utilize other specialized therapies such as equine assisted therapy, expressive arts and movement therapy.

Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment for Teens and Children
Our adolescent eating disorder programs treat children and adolescents, ages 10 to 18, who are struggling with an eating disorder as a primary diagnosis. We provide therapeutic treatment that addresses the eating disorder behavior as well as the underlying emotional issues that contributed to the development of the eating disorder. We educate on nutrition and practical kitchen and food skills to help support recovery.

Mental Health Treatment for Teens and Adolescents
Our adolescent transitions program is an intensive residential treatment program for children and adolescents, ages 11 to 18, dealing with issues related to depression, anxiety, self-harming behavior, bipolar disorder, attachment or adoption. We empower our clients to self-reflect, gain deeper insight, accept difficult truths when necessary and identify areas for greater overall functioning. Our goal is to help our clients become healthier individuals and functioning members of their family systems.

Substance Abuse Treatment for Teens and Adolescents
Our specialized program provides residential treatment for children and adolescents, ages 10 to 19, who are struggling with alcohol abuse, prescription drug abuse, methamphetamine or heroin addiction or other substance abuse related issues. Treatment is personalized to meet the needs of each individual resident. We have expertise in identifying and addressing the substance abuse cycle and the underlying issues for our clients.

Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Our eating disorder intensive outpatient programs treat adults and adolescents, both male and female, who are dealing with an eating disorder. Our intensive outpatient program is specifically designed for clients who need a higher level of support than an outpatient program, but do not require the higher levels of structure and supervision of residential treatment and other levels of treatment.


A few videos describing just some of our types of treatment:

Psychotherapy Eating Disorder Treatment

Family Involvement Eating Disorder Therapy

Body Acceptance Eating Disorder Treatment

Active Mindfulness Eating Disorder Treatment

Center For Discovery is a community of people who work collaboratively with each other in the fields of eating disorder treatment, teen residential treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. We seek people who are dedicated to and passionate about transforming the lives of our clients. We look for people who strive to provide an exemplary level of care for clients.

If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career in eating disorder treatment, teen residential treatment or intensive outpatient treatment, if you want to make a difference in the lives of others, if you want to be part of a collaborative environment where together we can accomplish great things, then consider joining our team of exceptional professionals.




We support the National Eating Disorder Association! NEDA provides many resources to families who are struggling in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance. We are a proud supporter of NEDA! 


We believe in our employees! We value our differences as we all contribute to Center For Discovery.


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    "Love the facility and coworkers, not a fan of corporate"

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    I have been working at Center For Discovery full-time (More than a year)


    All my co-workers are amazing, the clients are great and make the job rewarding, you don't have to worry about clocking out to eat or taking breaks as they're included in your daily job


    Pay is not competitive to say the least. some difficult clients can make life stressful at times but that's any job in the medical/psych field, but mostly corporate not paying employees what they're worth, giving minor 3% raises after a year of employment, and not seeming to care about their employees who are the face of the company.

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    Pay your employees more competitive rates to increase employee satisfaction and retention, it'll save money in the long run with hiring, training, staffing issues...

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Center For Discovery Photos

Center For Discovery photo of: Neda Walk in DC Love the team spirit!
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Center For Discovery photo of: Celebrating Cinco De Mayo for our employees… appreciating our employees as much as possible!
Center For Discovery photo of: Celebrating Cinco De Mayo for our employees… appreciating our employees as much as possible!
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Center For Discovery Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Whittier, CA
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Center For Discovery (Whittier, CA).


    Was interviewed by two people. Was asked to tell about myself and why I was interested in the position. Lasted about 20-30 minutes if that. The interviewer was calm and relaxed, which helped me to be more comfortable with answering questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Scenario questions were asked on how to handle various situations with clients.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Declined due to pay.

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