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Advocate/ Activist

Carolyn is renown for being an advocate and activist in her field receiving honors such as the National Eating Disorders Association's Award for Advocacy 2008 and in 2011 received the Spirit Recognition Award from Sierra Tucson. Carolyn lobbies congress, fights for insurance reform, organized the NEDA's Parent-Family Network, organizes campaigns against inappropriate advertising and continues to speak out on important social issues!


After recovering from her own eating disorder Carolyn became a therapist in 1977 and has been treating people suffering from eating and body image problems since that time.


After serving as founder and clinical director of several hospital based eating disorder programs, Carolyn knew she wanted to create something different. "I wanted to create a center for healing in a home like environment, surrounded by nature."


Carolyn's books (The Eating Disorder Source Book, 100 Questions and Answers About Eating Disorders, 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder, Your Dieting Daughter, Yoga and Eating Disorders, and 8 Keys to Recovery Workbook (due Fall 2016) explain eating disorders to sufferers, their loved ones, and the public and help professionals to treat these complex illnesses in an effective way. Carolyn has also written extensively for magazines, newspapers, and journals and has been a contributing author to several books on eating disorders and body image.

Educator/ Lecturer

Carolyn's first love was teaching. She served as a high school teacher and counselor for 8 years prior to dedicating her career to the treatment of eating disorders. Carolyn still loves to teach and frequently speaks at national conferences, workshops, and seminars. Over the years, Carolyn has trained hundreds of clinicians in the treatment of eating disorders.

A personal note  from  Carolyn Costin

To My Friends and Colleagues:

Just over 20-years-ago, I opened Monte Nido, making a longtime dream of mine a reality; a home for people with eating disorders to come together and heal with myself and other recovered staff among those serving as guides.  I took all of the necessary ingredients of a homelike setting surrounded by nature.  It was the first of it’s kind.

Monte Nido was an endeavor of many firsts: first licensed treatment center for eating disorders in a home, first to incorporate yoga and meditation, first to have a recovered female as its sole owner and clinical director, first to require all staff to eat with clients, first to openly use recovered staff, first to conduct a 10-year – and ongoing – outcome study, and first to be able to show significant success rates.  It has been an amazing, magnificent, challenging, rewarding, and spiritual soul journey… providing endless lessons and growth. 

Some of you know about the 3-month sabbatical I took in November to care for my husband, Bruce, after he suffered two hear attacks.  After my sabbatical ended, I made the very difficult decision to not return to Monte Nido.

 My heart and soul will always be with Monte Nido.  A web has been woven there connecting so many people together in a unique, special, and sacred way.  There are no words to describe what Monte Nido has come to stand for in my life and the lives of those who have come there seeking help or seeking to be helpers.  Monte Nido is truly a Soul School for anyone crossing its threshold.  Not to mention the magic that surrounds Monte Nido and the fairy dust that sprinkles itself on all beings who find themselves there.

I love the connections I have made at Monte Nido and through Monte Nido with so many of you….  Relationships remain the most important thing to me.  I am not disappearing, just graduating from Monte Nido, so please know that you can call, text, email, or write me anytime.  Whatever I came here to do, I am not done yet.

In 1996, at the very first Monte Nido staff meeting, before we opened our doors, I discussed my desire to model ourselves after the Great Northern Geese.  It seems fitting to end my official involvement with Monte Nido on the same note:

How do the Great Northern Geese Travel Thousands of Miles…. In Perfect Formation?   As each of the great birds moves its wings, it creates a steady uplift for the bird behind it.  Formation flying is 70 % more efficient than flying alone.  It appears as though one single bird is the guide, winging courageously through the oncoming elements.  However, when the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation and another bird becomes leader… When one gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. They then launch out again to join another formation, or catch up with their own flock.
– from “Lessons from the Geese” by Dr. Rober McNeish

I am letting the flock continue on it’s own now,
I bless them and all of you on the miles of journey ahead…

May we all be at peace.
May we know the beauty of our own true nature.
May I we healed.
May I we a source of healing to the world.
-Tibetan prayer

Carolyn Costin
Founder, Monte Nido & Affiliates

Carolyn Costin MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED
LMFT#:  13192 (California)   LMFT#: T0535 (Oregon)
Community Counseling for Individuals & Families, Inc.
27162 Sea Vista Drive Malibu, CA 90265