Monte Nido

Mountain Nest


Malibu, CA

Nestled in the foothills of Malibu Canyon on two acres of pine, oak, sycamore and fruit trees, the Monte Nido eating disorder treatment program lives up to its name, “Mountain Nest”. Monte Nido is our original location, opening its doors in 1996, and was the first licensed eating disorder treatment program providing care in a home-like setting. Surrounded by a state park with hiking trails leading to the beach, Monte Nido is located in a secluded home in Calabasas, right outside of Malibu. It is equipped for six clients, with its own gym, private bath and deck in each bedroom overlooking a giant oak.

Monte Nido Mountain Nest is Joint Commission Accredited.

Program Components

  • Psychiatric and medical management and treatment
  • Evidence based and state-of-the-art protocols backed by a high success rate demonstrated in our outcome study
  • Programming for adults and adolescents, integrated and age specific
  • Experienced and dedicated staff that includes recovered professionals
  • High amount of individual therapeutic sessions
  • Group therapy that solidifies and establishes other components of treatment
  • Family therapy including individual family sessions, weekly multi-family groups and once a month two-day family weekend
  • Unique level system that meets the client where she is and re-evaluates the client as she progresses through the program at her own pace
  • A natural environment conducive to healing

Financial Considerations

At Monte Nido & Affiliates, our goal is to help make treatment accessible and we are committed to working with families to access care. Monte Nido is in network with Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Beach Health Options (formerly Value Options), Cigna, MHN, Magellan (MHSA), UBH, United, Oxford, Optum, Providence and Pacificare. Please see our Financial Considerations page for more information.  

Monte Nido Groups

We are pleased to offer a Multi Family Group every Saturday from 1:30 – 3:00pm, alumni, families and loved ones welcome to attend.  

We are pleased to offer weekly alumni groups at each of our programs. For more information, please contact the program from which you graduated or email to find the closest available group.

A Letter from Monte Nido Mountain Nest's Clinical Director

Living with an eating disorder can be a lonely and isolating existence; though the idea of changing can feel daunting and overwhelming. At Monte Nido, we know these feelings and understand this conflict. We know how small life can become and how complicated it can feel to approach the recovery process. Having time and space to talk about the feelings that come along with an eating disorder and the recovery process is an important part of the journey. The staff at Monte Nido believe recovery happens when you are able to transition from your eating disordered behaviors to the relationships with staff and peers, and ultimately, to the relationships in your life. Throughout the recovery process, building deep, meaningful and soul guided relationships can lead to a fully recovered life, one that you may have believed was unattainable. Watching individuals transform their lives from the emptiness of an eating disorder to the fullness of life is what makes this work so rewarding and fulfilling.

Norah Wynne
MA, LMFT | Clinical Director

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Treatment Center Staff

Malibu, CA

Keesha Amezcua

Vice President of Clinical Programming
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Kelly Souza

MA, PsyD
Senior Director of West Coast Clinical Programming
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Joel Jahraus

Chief Medical Officer
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Lauren Ozbolt

Medical Director
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Gary Schneider

Staff Physician
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Alessa Balber

Primary Therapist
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Susan Norman

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Samantha Wilk

Primary Therapist
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Gabby Miller

Group Therapist
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Olivia Harrington

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Monte Nido Mountain Nest Testimonial

I have never experienced such unconditional love, support and more than that hope, a home that is so full of love and care, and nothing but safety.

– A.P.