Monte Nido

Eating Disorder Center of Westchester County

Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Programs

Using the same philosophy and protocols as other Monte Nido programs, Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Westchester is a day treatment and intensive outpatient program for male and female clients, conveniently located in Central White Plains, with plans to open in the fall of 2017. Our day treatment program will offer partial hospitalization programs six to eight hours a day and intensive outpatient programs three to four hours a day to adults and adolescents. 

Program Components

  • Evidence-based and state-of-the-art protocols including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal Therapy
  • High frequency of individual sessions
  • Group therapy that solidifies and establishes other components of treatment
  • Unique level system that provides a structure for clients to take on increasingly higher levels of responsibility for their treatment and recovery and helps teach them how to build and sustain full recovery
  • Family therapy including individual family sessions and multi-family groups
  • Specialized, integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders that focuses on stabilizing eating disorder and substance abuse symptoms, reducing urges, enhancing motivation and developing alternative coping capacities
  • Challenges and assignments address both eating disorder and substance abuse factors building personal accountability, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness

Adolescent Programming

At Monte Nido, we are sensitive to the developmental needs of the adolescent population and our experienced multidisciplinary team takes a holistic approach to get teens on the path to full recovery. Whether stepping down from a residential treatment center for adolescents or simply needing partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programming while living at home, we understand the complexity of eating disorders and offer programming to treat them. We take a blended approach of adolescent-only programming and providing a milieu of mixed ages. This allows for increased exposure to skill building and thought, feeling and behavior management that is relevant to all clients, while providing specialized, age-appropriate components that meets adolescents unique needs. Our adolescent programming at Monte Nido provides focus and timeframes geared toward adolescent attention spans and issues, diligently maintaining a positive and healthy environment with more sensitive topics addressed in individual sessions. Partial hospitalization program components include:

  • Clinical program content and groups that appropriately reflect specific developmental and social needs of the adolescent population: Relationship groups | Adapted skills groups | Individual sessions weekly | Psychiatric management
  • Weekly sessions with the nutritionist | Nutrition exposures coordinated with outpatient team | Supported meals
  • Family programming recognizing the importance of families in the recovery process with weekly family programming as appropriate and available: Family and relationship group | Parent education series | Weekly family sessions | Extensive psycho-education to help gain understanding and tools to support recovery | Weekly phone calls on progress in program
  • Academic and school education is supported by the day treatment program structure with adolescents attending school in the morning and day treatment in the afternoon. The clinical team works closely with teens on educational schedules and demands. Individualized Education Program’s (IEP) are created and followed; parents can feel confident academic needs are being met while their child is working toward recovery from their eating disorder.

A Letter from Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester County's Clinical Director

Its with great excitement that we look forward to opening our doors to the Westchester area in the fall of 2017. Monte Nido has been providing care to countless women, sisters, wives, daughters, nieces and friends for over twenty years. As our Founder Carolyn Costin has said, “Having recovered myself, I know the courage it takes to accept, the support it takes to battle and the environment it takes to heal from an eating disorder.” At Monte Nido Westchester, we have faith you can be fully recovered and we will partner with you as you define your goals in this process. Whether you are stepping down from a residential treatment center or coming directly to our program, our healing environment and nurturing team of professionals – some of whom are recovered – will offer support, guidance and inspiration.  

Melissa Coffin, PhD, CEDS
Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming

Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Westchester County Testimonial

YOU HAVE SHOWN ME HOW TO FEEL FREE AND FEARLESS, to have inner peace and serenity. You have helped me realize “life is rich.” I have found the person inside me that I am drawn to in others, the type of person who has enough confidence to act naturally and make my own decisions, instead of basing what I do on how I am being perceived. Thank you for all of this. And for the incredible feeling of being able to trust that even after I leave, I can always come visit or call Monte Nido and I will be loved and supported.

– K.P.

WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS all of the love and gratitude I have for Monte Nido. Monte Nido saved my life. I couldn’t have done it without you, Carolyn, and the magic you’ve created at Monte Nido. I’ve never encountered such generous, kind and caring souls. Carolyn, you and Monte Nido have a big place in my heart forever. I am able to laugh and love again because of the wisdom and encouragement you and Monte Nido have provided for me. Thank you.

– B.J.

YOU SUCCEEDED in accomplishing the one thing you promised to do for me. You continuously said that you just wanted to show me the life I could have and then it would be my choice whether I chose it or not. Well, you showed me that life and I chose it. You gave me life in my mind, body, and spirit. You gave me the most precious gift anyone could possibly give me.

– J.M.

THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME there can be tenderness in treatment; for teaching me I can express my needs; reassuring me they are appropriate, and they can be met; for appreciating that the battle is between me and me, and letting me have a say in everything I signed up for; always being honest with me; and for telling me throughout my entire time here that you enjoy so many things about me and enjoy working with me. You’ve taught me recovery can be an okay thing. I remember a conversation I had with you on the phone before I came to Monte Nido, when I asked, “how do the clients make all the changes?” Your answer was, “lots of hard work… and a little bit of magic. I’ve participated in the hard work, and I’ve definitely experienced the magic!

– K.M.

WHAT CAN I SAY? Who knew? I guess miracles really do happen. The miracle in this case being Monte Nido and all the wonderful people who are associated with it. You’ve all given me a most precious gift. You’ve given me the gift of life and for that I shall never be able to thank you enough. Not only have you helped me in my struggle with anorexia and set me on the road to recovery, you’ve also given me in 7 weeks what I’ve lived a lifetime without and that is a family. I’ve never felt so at home with a group of people before in my life. I never knew what it was like to be surrounded by people who offer such love and support and yet don’t ask for anything in return. I never knew people could care so much (and not just because it was their job). I never knew what it was like to trust someone. I never knew what it was like to have someone really listen when I spoke. I feel very fortunate to have been one of the original six who first arrived here. How honored we should feel-as we can say we were the first to receive the ‘gifts’ of Monte Nido. I think to the future when many will have come and gone, and success and the exposure will be great. I think how proud I’ll be when I say, “I was there when it all first began.” Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of something so wonderful. Thank you for letting me into your lives. I’ll walk away from here a much better, healthier person thanks to all of you.

– D.T.

I was extremely hesitant to go to another treatment center. The first program I attended took away all my control over my ability to manage by Type 1 diabetes, which proved to be both scary and also physically dangerous to my health. Monte Nido was completely different from my previous experience of treatment. From the start, the people at Monte Nido listened to me about what worked for managing my diabetes and allowed me to participate in treatment decisions about my diabetic care. The head nurse even called me before I arrived at Monte Nido to ask me about my diabetic needs and reassured me that they were there to help. All the nurses were extremely caring and trusted me to know what I needed to do in order to manage my diabetes. It was a great comfort to know that I was in such good hands. The dietitian proved to be a valuable resource; she worked with my special dietary needs, and even more than that, she helped me see that diabetes does not have to be a negative condition: I can view it as a blessing in disguise for teaching me how to eat in moderation, to eat a balanced diet, and to seek the help I needed to finally overcome my eating disorder. A year after leaving Monte Nido, I am doing well and managing my diabetes better than ever. My A1C is the lowest it has been since I became diabetic Type 1 two years ago. I am no longer bulimic and I have the wonderful souls at Monte Nido to thank for it.

– C.S.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do and for creating such and amazing healing space and for providing me with the opportunity at the transition house, Bella Mar, to build a life for myself. Throughout my stay I have pages upon pages in my journal labeled “wise words of Carolyn”. Every time you spoke I knew my eyes were going to be opened up to a new part of myself that I hadn’t looked at yet or was avoiding looking at. Thank you for challenging me, questioning me and most of all helping me to heal. Today I have a job, I’m going to school, I have friends, I have relationships deeper than I could ever imagine, I eat my food, and most of all I know I have people who love me. I honestly don’t feel like I could thank you enough Carolyn. Thank you so, so much Carolyn and Monte Nido staff.

– Client 5

For a long time, I have tried to find the words to express the amount of gratitude I have towards Carolyn and the Monte Nido Staff. The past ten years of my life have passed in a slow, foggy, rapid blur. After taking part in the amazing “Life School” that is Monte Nido. I now know and am willing to fight for my desire. I can now see why fighting is always worth it. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet myself, the stillness to reach my soul, and the power to know I deserve this new life. With love, AP

– A.P.

Thank you Carolyn for creating a place like Monte Nido Vista, I wish there were many more. These past months at Monte Nido Vista have save my life. I came in exhausted of living. I believed that the pain of life was too great for me to handle. I have learned more about being alive, and about relationships in my time here than I ever have in the past. I have never experienced such unconditional love and support and more than that- hope. [It is] a home that is so full of love and care, and nothing but safety.

– Client 4

I strongly believe that what you have created at Monte Nido is unique and very special indeed. You and other members of staff here have given me hope that I can do well. That is something I have never really believed to be possible – you don’t receive that message in my country. I have often felt like a hopeless case – that I will never be better than I am now, but you have changed that for me, thank you.

– Client 3

After several failed stints in treatment centers and medical procedures I admitted to Monte Nido Vista. There’s a perfect interweave of firmness, warmth and skill that Carolyn Costin has been able to create at this facility. It’s not all encapsulated in one person. They pool their resources together to create an individualized treatment plan within a nurturing, supportive atmosphere, which is conducive to healing. I appreciated and often reflect on the tasteful and personal touches that enhanced my experience there i.e. oversized cozy pillows, fresh cut flowers, candles, sparkling pool and relaxing swings. Over a year later, I am thankful and humble to report that I am doing remarkably well. Aside from recovering from an eating disorder, the work I did at Vista, empowered me. They cared enough about me to find me an outpatient therapist that is perfect for me and has continued to guide and support me over the last nine months. I can finally look back and have clarity that has helped me make choices and take action that brings hope and optimism rather than replicating the same old destructive behaviors. I now apply the tools that I’ve obtained at Vista and in my current therapy and as a result, I am creating a life that I’ve always wanted. I now have a life beyond my eating disorder. I am present in every moment; I get to feel; I get to laugh. I have the freedom to live every aspect of my life. Most importantly, I get to choose!

– S.S.

March 27, 2013, one year ago today I packed my suitcase, hugged my two babies tight not knowing when I would see them again and got on that 10 o’clock flight to Los Angeles. When I got to Monte Nido I was beyond hopeless. My heart was still beating but my eating disorder had sucked out all life from me… I was surrounded by beautiful and loving people while in treatment. I slowly started to heal and my soul and spirit came to life in a new way. Learning how to speak my truth however scary it may be and truly living from my soul self has been life changing. I have come a long way in a year. It hasn’t been easy and I still have my struggles but I have continued to work hard in my recovery. When I get overwhelmed and want to throw my hands up in the air and give up, I have to stop and remember to take life moment by moment. Today I need to eat my food and keep my food. I need to smile, laugh and hug my children. If I can do that each day, then I’m doing A-ok. Thank you to all of the beautiful souls that have come into my life since being at Monte Nido. Each and every one of you have made a difference.

– Client 2

I remember my time at Monte Nido was one of my most terrible moments in life because it made me face reality, my struggles, and self-doubts. Despite that, it was a place of comfort at the same time in which I felt safe and not judged. I never felt as much love as I did there, where people genuinely showed their love and kindness to me. I have taken the skills you taught me and have continued to heal such that now I am a very happy, healthy and nearly “normal eater”. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.

– Client 1

Although it is so hard to be gentle with my soul, Monte Nido has shown me that it is there. Monte Nido has nurtured my soul when I did nothing but destroy it. They saved my life. No words can ever explain or be grateful enough to thank them for my gift. An angel was truly watching over me when he blessed me with Monte Nido. Monte Nido is my Angel of Grace.

– K.C.