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Our Mental Health Disorder Treatment specialties, at our New Haven, CT a residential center specializes in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, & Self Harm Recovery.

Mental Health Treatment Team | Downey, CA

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 California. 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

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.

Danielle Newman, PhD

Program Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Supervisor

I have a wide range of clinical experiences that have led to specialization in the treatment of children, adolescences, and families.  Prior to joining Center For Discovery, I have worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, school programs, dual diagnosis treatment centers, and HMO clinics.  I strongly believe in the use of a strengths based and collaborative approach when working with clients.  I have experience working with a variety of issues including self harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, grief and loss, developmental delays, anxiety, depression, stress, family problems, and parenting difficulties.   My approach to therapy utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, humanistic psychology, and family systems to assist clients in reaching their goals and making the changes they want in their lives.  I am passionate about supporting adolescents and families navigate life challenges.

Melanie Galan, MFTI

Facility Manager, Therapist

Melanie began her career working with children in the mental health field in the mid-nineties as a special education teacher in Illinois.  She worked with children with emotional disturbances, behavior disorders, cognitive delays, learning disabilities and children on the autism spectrum for 17 years in the teaching role.  Five years ago, she moved to California.  Without certification to teach in this state, she decided to go back to school and obtain a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling.  Since then she has completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at National University and is currently see clients along with maintaining her current role as a Facility Manager.  Melanie has been working at Center for Discovery since February 2016.  She started at the Whittier House as a counselor and shift leader.  She has since been promoted to Facility Manager. She enjoys helping the adolescents she works with overcome their difficulties and become healthy, well rounded young adults.

Sara Munoz, MFTI

Primary Therapist

Through a client-centered approach I assist my clients with re-establishing healthy boundaries, self-esteem, impulse control and feelings of validation. My experience as a Los Angeles County certified clinician in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has aided in my ability to provide a safe space for numerous teens to identify and process individual trauma, which has lead to significant moments of catharsis and ongoing resilience. Working with adolescents for over 15 years has been a privilege and passion of mine and continues to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."

Alexis Blankenship, MFTI

Primary Therapist

I have received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University. I have over three years of experience helping a wide range of individuals. I specialize in the treatment of mental health disorders and issues related to 
depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, grief and loss, developmental delays, anxiety, depression, stress, family problems, anxiety, family conflict, defiance, trauma and family systems.

Prior to joining Center For Discovery, I have worked in various settings including outpatient and school programs providing services creating a validating and supportive environment for my clients during their time of transition.

I started working with Center for Discovery over a year and a half ago as a counselor at our 25 bed co-ed mental health facility in Whittier. Since then, I have transitioned into becoming an Intern therapist where I have taken on a caseload up to three. I have an integrative approach to meet each client they are at and support them in a way that is individual to them.

Kelly Melanson, RD


Born and raised in Northern California, Kelly Melanson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a minor in Biology at California State University Sacramento and later completed her Dietetic Internship at Stony Brook Medicine in New York. During her Internship, Kelly explored various areas of nutrition and was fortunate to shadow a private practice Dietitian specializing in eating disorders. From there Kelly knew she had found her true passion and calling in the field of eating disorders and mental health. 
Following the completion of her internship, Kelly accepted a position as an on-call Dietitian at Center for Discovery in Sacramento and recently transferred to Southern California where she acts as the Registered Dietitian at the Eating Disorder Residential Program in Lakewood as well as the company’s Resilience Mental Health Residential Program in Downey. Kelly has experience working with both adolescents and adults suffering from various eating disorders. She is passionate about providing personalized nutrition care and counseling to individuals and their families. She enjoys helping people reject the diet mentality and encourages them to adopt an All Foods Fit mentality.

Peter Hung, MD


Dr. Peter Hung received his medical training at the Chicago Medical School located in North Chicago, Illinois. After completing his residency training at the UCLA/San Fernando Valley training program, he received additional specialized training to work with children and adolescents at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. He understands that mental health treatment, and in particular psychiatric medications can sometimes be confusing unless carefully explained. He believes strongly that open communication while your child is in our care is key to the recovery process.