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.
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.