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Center for Discovery Del Mar


Center for Discovery Del Mar Review

Located in San Diego, California, Center for Discovery Del Mar is one of many subsidiary facilities owned and operated by Center for Discovery, a nationwide organization providing behavioral health programs for clients struggling with eating disorders and other dual diagnoses. The company was founded in 1997 and is Joint Commission-accredited, with diverse treatment plans for men, women and adolescents. The Del Mar location specifically provides residential treatment for adult women.

Accommodations and Food

The residence is an expansive, Mediterranean-style villa in a discreet residential neighborhood with a total of eight beds available. Clients stay in rooms shared with one other roommate, each in twin beds with plush comforters. Bedrooms also feature modern decor, area rugs, dressers, shared closet space and broad windows to allow plenty of natural light. The house has shared living areas with comfortable couches, a dining room area, therapy rooms and a spacious backyard with an in-ground pool.

The facility also boasts an expansive kitchen with plenty of counter space and appliances. While on-site chefs and nutritions initially take charge in cooking meals for residents (all with individualized meal plans), program participants gradually take more responsibility for their own meals in the kitchen with the help of nutrition and cooking classes throughout their stay.

Treatment and Staff

Before beginning treatment, all clients go through an initial intake and assessment to help staff members develop their individualized treatment plans. Because programs are focused primarily on treating eating disorders, on-site detox for substance abuse issues are not provided.

Though treatment plans may vary in terms of length and formatting, each always includes individual, group and family therapy with evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT, EMDR and Exposure Prevention Therapy (ERP). The core of the program covers nutritional counseling, meal preparation, cooking classes and trauma-informed care addressing a number of body positivity topics. Groups cover a wide range of topics including shame resilience, trigger identification and relapse prevention techniques. Though 12-step participation is not required, alumni can get referrals to nearby peer support meetings as necessary. As mentioned, clients with co-occurring disorders can also receive targeted support and medication management.

The staff at Center for Discovery Del Mar consists of psychiatrists, dietitians, LMFTs, a physician and additional Master’s-level counselors.


Holistic treatment is also implemented in the form of art therapy, Somatic Experiencing, yoga, gym time, Zumba classes and mindfulness training.

For those in need of a less intensive course of care, the facility also provides outpatient options in Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) intensities. Those who complete primary care can also step down to one of these options as a form of aftercare.

In addition to the Del Mar location, Center for Discovery’s also has many other locations throughout the country with varying treatment approaches, sometimes including equine therapy.

In Summary

Overall, Center for Discovery Del Mar is a well-rounded and comprehensive program offered under the auspices of the national behavioral health organization Center for Discovery. Residential treatment programs include individualized care, meal planning, nutritional counseling, evidence-based practices and holistic supplements. While the cost of these programs is likely to vary by the strength of each client’s insurance, Center for Discovery Del Mar remains a great resource for those in the area.

Center for Discovery Del Mar Location

4421 Carmel Valley Rd
San Diego, CA 92130

Center for Discovery Del Mar Cost

Call for cost; varies by insurance. Reach Center for Discovery Del Mar by phone at (866) 377-9962 or by email at [email protected]. Find Center for Discovery on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, YouTube and Instagram

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