Carolyn is renowned 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. In 2015, she won clinician of the year from Project Heal. 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!
Knowing that she herself was fully recovered from her own eating disorder Carolyn was the first to publicly speak out that people suffering from eating disorders could be fully recovered and not always "in recovery" or "recovering" She has been a tireless advocate on this position. Over the years research has verified, and the field has caught up with, her philosophy with many now agreeing with her position.
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 that for true healing she needed to create something different.
"In 1996 I opened Monte Nido, turning what had come to me ten years earlier in a dream, into a reality. Ignoring all those who said it could not be done, I created a home where individuals with eating disorders could come together and heal with recovered staff among those serving as guides. I put the ingredients of a sophisticated hospital program into a home surrounded by nature. It was the first of its kind:
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 and first to conduct a 1-10 year (and ongoing) outcome study, and first to show long term significant success rates.
It was an amazing, magnificent, challenging, rewarding, and spiritual soul journey.
Monte Nido was created as a Soul School for anyone crossing its threshold. The Universe provided magic there and fairy dust found its way into hearts.
Though I had to step away from Monte Nido, my heart and soul will always be there."
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 continues to offer her services as a consultant and to train and supervise clinicians. She provides workshops, is available for speaking engagements, offers on line continuing education courses and is a certified supervisor for IAEDP, helping others become Certified Eating Disorder Professionals.