History

In March of 1996, Carolyn Costin became a pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders: she opened the doors to Monte Nido in Malibu, California—the first residential healing center in a tranquil, home-like setting.

Carolyn had dreamed of opening her own healing center, in a home-like setting, that would provide a more holistic and realistic approach to recovery. When she came across an estate in a beautiful wooded area in the Malibu foothills, she knew she had found the place and opened the doors to a unique, six-bed residential program in Malibu, California for individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and exercise addiction. She named it after the local neighborhood, “Monte Nido”, which meant “Mountain Nest” to the Indians who once inhabited the area.

She was also the first founder of a program who was open about her own recovery, and the first to hold the belief that individuals who suffer from eating disorders can become fully recovered: “Monte Nido offers treatment settings I would have liked to attend when I was suffering from my own eating disorder. I wanted a beautiful environment and a loving, empathic staff, who would know when to challenge and when to nurture.”

Monte Nido has been a leader in the eating disorder treatment field for decades. The leadership is rooted in Carolyn Costin’s role as a pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders, being the first in many areas of eating disorder treatment and consistent implementation of the Monte Nido model. Due to this Monte Nido has expanded and opened affiliate programs using these protocols and philosophy.

 

Location Timeline


Monte Nido

1996, residential treatment for women and girls in Malibu, CA

Monte Nido Vista

2008, residential treatment for women and girls in Agoura Hills, CA

Eating Disorder Center of California

2008, day treatment for women, girls and males in Brentwood, CA

Monte Nido Rain Rock

2008, residential treatment for women in Eugene, OR

Eating Disorder Center of Eugene

2009, day treatment for women, girls and males in Eugene, OR

Eating Disorder Center of Portland

2013, day treatment for women, girls and males in Portland, OR

Monte Nido Laurel Hill

2013, residential treatment for women and girls in Medford, MA

Monte Nido Manhattan

2013, day treatment for women, girls and males in New York, NY

Monte Nido River Towns

2014, residential treatment for women and girls in Irvington, NY

Eating Disorder Center of Boston

2015, day treatment for women, girls and males in Boston, MA

Eating Disorder Center of San Diego

2015, day treatment for women, girls and males in Solana Beach, CA

Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia

2016, day treatment for women, girls and males in Villanova, PA