In her early twenties, Carolyn recovered from anorexia nervosa, earned two masters degrees, became a teacher and began her career as a psychotherapist.
An impassioned and dedicated educator, Carolyn loved the 8 years she spent as a high school and community college teacher. Teaching remains an important aspect of Carolyn's work as an eating disorder therapist and as a professional trainer and supervisor.
After treating her ﬁrst eating disorder client in 1979, Carolyn recognized it was her calling. Her successful treatment of those with eating disorders led her to develop and direct several inpatient eating disorder facilities during the period of 1987 to 1996.
One night in the mid-1980s, Carolyn literally had a dream about an eating disorder program she had created in a beautiful mountain setting. In 1996, ten years later, Carolyn's dream became a reality when she walked onto property near Malibu, California known as Monte Nido. Carolyn recognized the property and house from her dream and knew she was destined to turn it into the first licensed, eating disorder residential in a home setting.
Known for bringing "Care of the Soul" to her treatment philosophy and work settings, Carolyn was the first to combine eastern healing modalities, such as yoga and meditation to state of the art eating disorder treatment. She was also the first to openly hire recovered therapists, have staff and clients eat meals together like a family, and provided a unique level system where clients shopped and cooked for themselves prior to discharge.
Carolyn's humanistic, relational approach, her 5 books delineating treatment guidelines and what it takes to become recovered, combined with Monte Nido's highly successful outcome study (www.montenido.com) spurred the growth of Monte Nido, under her leadership, into14 facilities offering a continuum of care, including another first; transitional living. Carolyn left Monte Nido & Affiliates in early 2016 while continuing to be active in the eating disorder field.
Carolyn maintains her outpatient therapy practice, "Community Counseling" and involvement in several professional eating disorder organizations and advocacy groups, continuing to share her clinical insight and wisdom in a variety of ways you can explore through this website.