Carolyn Costin MA, MEd., MFT, CEDS, FAED

Carolyn Costin, MFT, is an accomplished eating disorder therapist, author, consultant and speaker who works with clients, families and loved ones. She also trains professionals, coaches and mentors to work with this population. Carolyn’s personal history of an eating disorder, her humanistic relational approach, her six books and the success of Monte Nido, the treatment center she founded, (see Brewerton & Costin, 2011) have resulted in her being one of the most respected and sought-after leaders in the eating disorder field.

Carolyn was the first to publicly speak out that people who develop eating disorders can become fully recovered.

Carolyn is the author of six books for those suffering from eating disorders, their loved ones, and professionals treating them.  She has also contributed chapters to other edited works on the treatment of eating disorders. Carolyn has been working with eating disorders for over three decades and has achieved a number of “firsts” in the field.

  • She founded the first licensed, residential eating disorder treatment center in a home setting (Monte Nido).
  • 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.
  • And…in early 2017, Carolyn opened The Carolyn Costin Institute, the first formal, intensive program to offer highly-specialized eating disorder training, including certification for coaches.

Carolyn is involved in several professional eating disorder organizations, including, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the Academy of Eating Disorders, (AED), as a Fellow, and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) which honored her with an Award for Advocacy (2008). Carolyn also received the Spirit Recognition Award (Sierra Tucson, 2011) and was named Clinician of the Year by Project Heal in 2015, for whom she now an advisory council member.

Carolyn holds several teaching credentials and two Masters degrees: A Masters in Education from University of the Pacific and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Northridge.

Carolyn’s favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla – as long as she can put toppings on it (like her favorite, Butterfinger bits).