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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 Residential Treatment Team | 
San Diego, 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 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

Nichomi Higgins, MFT

Regional Director

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.

Traci Parramore-Chambers, LMFT

Traci Parramore-Chambers, LMFT

Program Director

Traci Parramore-Chambers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her undergraduate in Theater from USIU, and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary/University-San Diego, CA. Traci is currently the Program Director and Therapist for Center For Discovery Resilience Residential Treatment Center for Adolescent Mental Health. Traci previously served as the Program Director for CFD Eating Disorder RTC for adolescents. Prior roles at Center For Discovery, she served as Clinical Lead for New Alternatives/San Pasqual Academy’s Day Rehabilitation Program within a milieu setting working with youth who’ve experienced trauma. She also worked for New Alternatives Inc., Transitional Services Program as a Case Manager, providing Crisis Prevention Counseling to adolescents and their families.

In addition to providing mental health services, her role as a lead, consisted of the evaluation of programs, development and implementation of new program features, as well as providing new hire training for new clinicians, and agency wide trainings to staff throughout New Alternatives, on topics of Cultural Competency and Body Image. She served as the chairperson representing her program (San Pasqual) for the agencies cultural competency team. Traci has also provided marriage and family therapy services through LifeSpring Center, a subsidiary of Reinicke Counseling Agency. While at Life Spring, she provided pre-marriage/marriage counseling, facilitated groups for women, worked with TAY in college, and individuals struggling with serious mental health illnesses and relationship challenges.  Traci has a passion for seeing people live a fulfilled and victorious life. She enjoys the integration of creative expression in her work.

Tiffany Triplett, MFTI

Tiffany Triplett, MFTI

Primary Therapist

Through Client-Centered, Attachment Theory and Family System approaches, I assist my clients in developing a healthy relationship with themselves as well as with their families.  This development process involves, but is not limited to; building self-esteem, impulse control, distress tolerance, validation of one’s own feelings as well as the feelings of others, re-establishing healthy boundaries with self and others, building trust after attachment injuries, as well as learning assertive communication skills.  My experience with Seeking Safety (for Trauma and Substance Abuse), as well as Trauma Informed Care along with EMDR have and continue to help me provide a safe space for clients to find refuge and process through their trauma in a way that builds their resilience.  In addition to the above, I also have extensive training with Eating Disorders, advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and have completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  Further I also have extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solutions-Focused Therapy.

I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Religion from Northwest Nazarene University.  Along with being a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery I am also a Therapist Intern at a private practice here in San Diego.  In addition, I currently serve as an Adjunct Professor for Azusa Pacific University and am also a guest speaker in a variety of different subjects including but not limited to Eating Disorders, DBT, as well as Moral Identity Formation.

Kirsten Wimmer

Kirsten Wimmer

Primary Therapist
Kirsten Wimmer is the Primary Therapist at Center For Discovery Vista RTC treating  adolescents and families impacted by  mental health. Kirsten is a licensed MFT and earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University-San Diego and a BA in Sociology from UCLA. Kirsten was previously an On-Call therapist with Center For Discovery in San Diego. She has over 6 years of experience working with co-occurring disorders and families.  Kirsten has extensive experience working in community mental health clinics in both outpatient and residential settings. Kisten is trained in CBT and DBT, as well as motivational interviewing, and has a client-centered approach, meeting each client and family where they are at in their recovery journey.
Ashley Rist

Ashley Rist

Dietitian
Ashley Rist completed her undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition at San Diego State University. In May 2017 she completed her Dietetic Internship at Sodexo’s Distance with a concentration in Pediatrics.

Growing up in a very health conscious family and being taught proper nutrition at a young age is what sparked Ashley’s interest with Eating Disorders. After meeting with a Registered Dietitian herself she quickly learned that she had found her passion and a field she wanted to work in.

Ashley’s employment with Center For Discovery began after completing a rotation during her internship. Ashley is now a widely used dietitian throughout Center For Discovery and is the primary dietitian for Center For Discovery’s, Resilience Adolescent Residential Mental Health Program.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys traveling, hiking, practicing yoga, working out, and spending time on or around the water. Ashley thoroughly enjoys the field she works in and it shows through her interactions with clients and her colleagues.

Dr. Timothy Liu, MD

Dr. Timothy Liu, MD

Timothy Liu MD is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist.  He graduated from the adult psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine.  He also completed fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, as well as internship at the Mayo Clinic.  His clinical research on impulse-control disorders, problematic Internet use and depression has appeared in numerous scholarly publications.  He is a co-author of four psychiatric texts including the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (Cambridge University Press; 2010) and the Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders (Oxford University Press; 2009).

Dr. Liu enjoys working with families and children.  He provides psychiatric assessment, comprehensive treatment planning, medication management and psychotherapy.  He received training in Parent Management Training and is most familiar with methods developed by Alan Kazdin PhD and Russell Barkley PhD.  During his fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center he also underwent elective training in Habit Reversal Therapy for the treatment of tic disorders.  In the past few years of practice he has been devoting much of his time in helping parents and children communicate, and navigate through the excitement and confusion of teenage years.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Liu is trilingual in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.  He is very interested in the cultural aspects of psychiatry, in particular mental health awareness among immigrants of diverse cultural backgrounds.  He was selected to be a Diversity Leadership Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2009-2010.  He continues to consult at community agencies that reach out to underserved minorities and give periodic health education seminars to the Chinese-speaking community.

Dr. Liu has been in practice in San Diego since 2011.  In addition to clinical practice, he organizes a peer consultation group for the San Diego Psychiatric Society to support fellow psychiatrists in the area.

Dr. Liu is married with two young children.  He is a humble parent who is learning to perfect his love for his children one day at a time.

Shayne Tinsley

Shayne Tinsley

Facility Manager

Shayne Tinsley was born and raised in San Diego, CA. This is also where she also completed her undergrad in Psychology from California State University San Marcos and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health. Shayne is currently the Facility Manager at Center For Discovery Resilience-Vista Residential Treatment Center for Adolescent Mental Health. Prior to Center for Discovery Shayne served as a Lead Child Development Counselor for New Alternatives/San Pasqual Academy’s Residential Program for Foster youth that also offered a Day Rehabilitation program within a milieu setting. In these roles Shayne has assisted programs in the implementation of standards and provided leadership to counseling staff to ensure the provision of quality services. In addition to supporting the development of programs and clinical teams Shayne is passionate about providing services that empowers and inspires emotional, physical, and spiritual well being for all individuals.

Nicole Seibert

Nicole Seibert

Associate Clinical Social Worker
Nicole Seibert was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She double-majored in psychology and anthropology with a minor in business while at the University of Oregon. Then, Nicole returned back to San Diego and continued her education at San Diego State University where she received her Masters in Social Work. She has worked with adolescents and teenagers throughout her education and career ranging from research programs, non-profit organizations, to psychiatric inpatient hospitalization level of care. For self-care, Nicole enjoys being outdoors, watching sports, spending time with her three dogs, and studying for the LCSW exam.