Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED
Carolyn Costin is an eating disorder clinician, author, and international speaker
acclaimed for her expertise, passion and accomplishments.
In her early twenties, Carolyn recovered from anorexia nervosa, earned two masters degrees, became a teacher and began her career as a psychotherapist. A passionate and dedicated educator, Carolyn taught high school and community college for 8 years and brought teaching to her role as an eating disorder therapist.
After successfully treating her first eating disorder client in 1979, Carolyn recognized this was her calling. Her continued success led her to develop and direct several inpatient eating disorder facilities during the period of 1987 to 1996. In 1996, Carolyn created Monte Nido, the first licensed, residential eating disorder treatment facility in a home setting. She was the first to combine state of the art eating disorder treatment with eastern healing modalities, such as yoga and meditation. She was first to speak out that
people with eating disorders could be fully “Recovered” and first to openly hire recovered
therapists. Knowing that role models, trust and relationships matter, Carolyn created a program where staff and clients shop, cook and eat meals together like a family. Carolyn wanted clients and their families to have a healing environment where professionals delivered expert care and clients acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for long
Carolyn’s humanistic relational approach, her five books for sufferers, professionals and the public, along with Monte Nido’s highly successful outcome study (Brewerton & Costin, 2011) spurred the growth of Monte Nido, under her leadership, into 14 facilities nationwide offering a continuum of care, including another first; transitional living. A large percentage of Carolyn’s career has been lecturing, training, teaching and supervising clinicians, dietitians and physicians. Many regularly attend a monthly study group for professionals Carolyn began in the mid 1980’s. An official CE provider, through the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners since 2000, Carolyn continues to travel nationally and internationally educating professionals and the public about
Having left Monte Nido & Affiliates in early 2016 Carolyn remains active in the eating disorder field. She is involved in several professional eating disorder organizations
Including, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) as a board trustee and the Academy of Eating Disorders, (AED) as a Fellow. Her advocacy work continues in many arenas including organizations such as Project Heal, Eating Disorder Hope and The Eating Disorder Coalition.
In early 2017, Carolyn opened The Carolyn Costin Institute, which offers Eating Disorder Coach Training, a Mentor program, Continuing Education for clinicians as well as other specialized training.