Carolyn recovered herself from anorexia nervosa over twenty
years ago. Her own recovery is a primary factor in her
understanding of and establishing empathy with her clients.
The combination of her personal experience and extensive
training as both a therapist and an educator have given her
a special aptitude for grasping the underlying conflict,
stresses, perceptions, distortions and self-worth issues
involved in disordered eating and related issues. Carolyn
believes that clients need empathic but firm attention in
order to be healed. Carolyn gains her clients' confidence
and cooperation in solving their problems.
Carolyn originally founded The Eating Disorder Center of
California which continues to provide outpatient therapy for
individuals throughout southern California. In addition to
this Carolyn served as director for several hospital
programs but soon realized the need to have a more home-like
environment for optimum treatment to take place. Despite
her other responsibilities and her busy schedule Carolyn
continues to maintain a hands-on approach at Monte Nido™
providing both individual and group therapy.
Carolyn's unique combination of experience, training, and
passion have led to national recognition as well as many
accomplishments in the field of eating disorders. Carolyn is
a frequent speaker at national eating disorder conferences
and is a member of several national eating disorder
organizations. She writes and is quoted frequently in
several magazines and publications. Carolyn is also the
author of two books and another small manuscript and is on
the editorial board of The Eating Disorder Journal of
Treatment and Prevention. Carolyn attends every national
eating disorder conference and stays versed in the etiology
and treatment of eating disorders on the cultural,
developmental, biological and psychological levels.
Under Carolyn's direction Monte Nido provides a wide variety
of therapies, activities and experiences, including all
those expected in any sophisticated and accredited eating
disorder program. However, all of this takes place on a much
smaller scale in a home-like environment.
Carolyn believes that in each of her clients, to a greater
or lesser degree, there exists a "healthy self" and a
separate "eating disorder self. " The eating disorder self
has it's own set of needs, feelings, thoughts and behaviors
which are different from those of the healthy self and need
to be understood. Empathizing and working directly with this
eating disorder self to learn why it exists and what it
needs is a key part of Carolyn's philosophy of recovery.
Carolyn and her staff work hard to understand every client's
healthy self and eating disorder self. The ultimate goal is
to align with each client's healthy self, nurturing and
strengthening it so that it will then have the motivation,
desire and skill to deal with the eating disorder self.
Carolyn has developed several unique strategies along with a
creative, soulful, individualized approach which achieves
Books:Your Dieting Daughter, October 1996