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Our Substance Abuse Treatment specialties, at our Long Beach, CA a residential center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Substance Abuse Treatment Team | Long Beach, CA

Amy Brown, MA

Amy Brown, MA

National Director of Operations Mental Health

After completing her Master’s degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University, Amy Brown began working to help individuals and families find healing and hope. Ms. Brown came to Discovery’s Resilience with extensive experience managing various eating disorder programs as well as behavioral health facilities. Under Ms. Brown’s leadership, Discovery’s Resilience’s substance abuse and mental health programs have flourished and Ms. Brown now oversees numerous mental health and substance abuse programs throughout southern Connecticut. Ms. Brown feels very deeply about the contribution she is making to improve the quality of life for adolescents and their families. One of the things that attracted Ms. Brown to Discovery’s Resilience was the shared commitment to providing the best quality of care to each patient and his or her family.

Nichomi Higgins, MFT

Nichomi Higgins, MFT

Assistant Director of Operations

Nichomi Higgins is the Program Director and Primary therapist at Center for Discovery La Habra. Generally speaking, Nichomi’s education and experience working in both eating disorder treatment, community counseling and domestic violence and abuse has been an integral part of her work as a marriage and family therapist. As a result she considers herself to be an attentive, culturally sensitive and empathic clinician, who is dedicated to considering all of the biopsychosocial factors that may impact a client and family’s emotional and interpersonal wellbeing. Nichomi is truly passionate about her work and believes that despite its challenges, recovery is possible.

Nichomi earned her Master of Science degree in family therapy from Mercer University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and considers herself a Georgia peach at heart! Her professional areas of interests include: eating disorder treatment and the process of achieving recovery, identity negotiation/development, grief and loss, family communication patterns as well as struggles concerning faith and spirituality.

Erin Scott-Haines, MA, N-RAS, CRP, BC-DMT, LPCC

Erin Scott-Haines, MA, N-RAS, CRP, BC-DMT, LPCC

Program Director

Erin K. Scott-Haines, Pacific Place Program Director, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board Certified Dance/Movement Psychotherapist, Masters Level Registered Addiction Specialist, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Meditation Instructor, and Clinical Supervisor.  Erin specializes in holistic approaches for adolescents on the path of recovery from addiction and other mental and emotional imbalances.  Erin is an adjunctive professor at Marymount California University where she teaches The Psychology of Health and Wellness, Drug Use and Abuse, The Art of Being Human, General Psychology, and other courses in MCU’s psychology department.  Prior to joining the Discovery family, Erin worked in inpatient psychiatric, residential, intensive outpatient, and sober living facilities throughout the East and West Coast.  With Discovery and in private practice at The Center for Integrative Health & Healing, Erin integrates 12-step philosophy with the work of Carl Jung and Mary Starks Whitehouse to provide workshops on Authentic Movement, somatic/sensorimotor psychotherapy, and existential crisis.  Erin is passionate about guiding young men and women towards self-actualization through creativity, humor, and self-love.

David Grammer, MA, MFT-I

David Grammer, MA, MFT-I

Assistant Program Director
Dave Grammer received his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011 and has been working with adolescents since 2011. David first started working with substance abuse in 2010 during his Trainee-ship in South Central Los Angeles working with homeless adults. In 2014 he worked with adolescents at the Orange County Department of Education in the Towards No Drug Abuse program, focusing on continuation schools. In 2015 he began working at Center For Discovery in the Mental Health Program and transitioned to the Dual Diagnosis facility in Oct 2016. David has also been teaching the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira for the last 5 years, and was heavily involved with teaching Capoeira to children and adolescents from 2011-2015.
Lisa Arndt, LMFT

Lisa Arndt, LMFT

Program Therapist

Lisa Arndt earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to earn her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. In addition, Lisa has been involved in creative ventures, including recording CDs and playing live music as well as writing and directing small theater projects. Lisa has previously worked at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, St. John’s Hospital and the Eating Disorder Center of California. Then, following her work as an eating disorder counselor at Rader Programs for 3 years, Lisa began working at Center for Discovery in 1999, as a part of the initial treatment team hired to establish Center for Discovery’s Eating Disorder Program. Lisa has worked as a lead counselor, group therapist and as a primary therapist at Center for Discovery (working at the Lakewood, Downey and Whittier facilities). Lisa also authored and operated a popular website, providing the public with education regarding eating disorders for nine years. Lisa has been dedicated to helping adolescents and their families find a happier, healthier life at Center for Discovery for over a decade as a loyal and passionate employee.

Lisa has also helped trained other staff members, and has spoken at schools and professional meetings. Lisa was a part of a People Magazine article regarding eating disorders, and was also featured on Dateline NBC regarding her work. In addition, Lisa has appeared on the television program Extra, on the Maureen O’Boyle Show, on the John Bradshaw show, and twice on the Leeza Gibbons Show. Lisa was given an award for her dedication to troubled youth in 2002. For the last few years, Lisa has been working at Center for Discovery’s Pacific Place facility with the Dual Diagnosis program (substance abuse and mental health). Lisa earned her license in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009 and became a Clinical Supervisor in 2012, and now also supervises therapy interns at Center for Discovery. Lisa is passionate and dedicated to helping troubled youth, and thoroughly enjoys working with the treatment team and the clients at Center for Discovery. She also enjoys traveling and live music.

Rachael Thomas, MA, LCPC

Rachael Thomas, MA, LCPC

Program Therapist
Rachael Thomas is a primary therapist at Center for Discovery’s dual diagnosis residential facility. Rachael graduated from University of Baltimore with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Rachael has a clinical background of working with adults, adolescents, and children in both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Rachael has worked with a variety of populations including substance abuse, eating disorders, and mood disorders. Rachael uses an eclectic approach to treatment to fit the needs of each individual client pulling from various therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Rachael recently moved to California from Maryland where she had a private practice working mostly with children, adolescents, and families. In her free time, Rachael enjoys all that California has to offer including hiking and going to the beach.
Evelyn Vega

Evelyn Vega

Facility Manager

Evelyn graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Shortly after graduating she began her work with Center For Discovery as a milieu counselor at the Atlantic location working one-on-one with female adolescent clients who were struggling with mental health and some eating disorders. She ran therapeutic groups and collaborated with fellow team members to ensure the best care of every adolescent. Evelyn quickly discovered her passion for working with adolescents who are in need of better coping skills, support and motivation.

After working for a year with female adolescent clients, Evelyn was given the opportunity to support staff and clients at the Whittier location in 2015. There she provided support to therapist in translating family sessions with Spanish speaking families and continued to support clients and staff. Most recently, Evelyn has enjoyed the challenge of working with teens who struggle with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Evelyn, has since been promoted from being primary milieu support to clients to being a Facility Manager ensuring that client care and the facility runs smoothly on a daily basis. Her passion and dedication to helping adolescents continues to grow while providing support to staff, clients and families.

Paul Schepps, AMFT

Paul Schepps, AMFT

Program Therapist

Paul received his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling from Cal Stat Fullerton. Paul has over 10 years of experience helping a wide range of individuals and families with obtaining therapeutic services for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Paul specializes in the treatment of  adolescent, co-morbid mental health and substance abuse related disorders, related to depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, developmental delays, anxiety, depression, stress, family conflict, defiance, trauma and family systems.

Prior to joining Center For Discovery, Paul has worked in various settings including outpatient and school programs as a supplemental instruction coach providing services and support for the psychology dept at El Camino College and a character and conflict leader at Cal State Fullerton.

Paul started working with Center for Discovery over 5 years ago as a counselor at our 18 bed co-ed substance abuse health facility in Long Beach, before being promoted to a Primary Therapist. Paul is able to assist with client care for our Bi-lingual client’s and their families. Paul has an Person Centered and Psycho dynamic approach to meet each client where they are at and support them in a way that is individual to them, as well as utilizing Yalom and CBT approaches for the most optimal recovery interventions.

Mathew Borja

Mathew Borja

Clinical Coordinator & Primary Therapist

The Treatment Team

The team at Resilience Long Beach, CA treats a maximum of six clients and includes a Certified Substance Abuse Specialist Supervisor (CEDS-S), physician, psychiatrist, program director, therapist, registered dietitian, dietary technicians and master's level counselors.