Monte Nido

By The Fix staff 08/22/17

Set in an incredible location, the campus facilitates healing in a beautiful, natural environment. Simply put, Monte Nido is one of the finest eating disorder treatment networks in the country.

Monte Nido
Location : 514 Live Oak Circle Dr Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone : (888) 228-1253
Price : $33,750 (30 days)
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Introduction and Basic Services

Monte Nido is a network of residential eating disorder treatment facilities with locations in Agoura Hills and Malibu, California; Eugene, Oregon; Irvington, New York and Boston, Massachusetts. The Malibu/Calabasas residence, Mountain Nest, is perhaps its most luxurious location, nestled into two acres of forested evergreen, fruit and oak trees. This was the first location established in the network, having opened its doors in 1996 as the first licensed eating disorder treatment program offered in a home-like, rather than clinical, setting. Founder Carolyn Costin is in recovery from an eating disorder herself.

Facility and Meals

Monte Nido houses six women at a time. The campus is spectacular, set in a private home within a state park that has hiking trails leading straight onto the beach. Outdoor spaces are lusciously green, and dotted with latticed patios and sunny overlooks onto the Malibu mountains. There is a fitness facility on-site.

Lounge areas are truly representative of the cabin location with brick fireplaces, large windows, comfortable sectional couches and vaulted wooden ceilings. Well-appointed modern bedrooms house two to three women, and each have en-suite bathrooms and outdoor decks.

Private chefs create nutritious, organic and individualized meals for residents, but clients will increasingly participate in food preparation (including portioning, self-serving, food shopping, meal planning and cooking) as they progress through the program.

Treatment Protocol and Team

Treatment is evidence-based, individualized and goal-focused, using a “level system” to guide residents through treatment. The program begins with level one, which manages abstinence from disordered eating behaviors. Level two challenges disordered thoughts and behaviors, teaching food portioning and responsible exercise with decreasing staff oversight. Clients move on to level three once they are able to establish self-awareness, accountability and the motivation to get better. Residents begin to practice their newfound sills through therapeutic, food and relational challenges. The fourth and final level allows residents to become autonomous with food, relationships and their recovery, allowing more alone time and self-management of food choices, meal scheduling and preparation.

Treatment modalities within the level system include CBT, DBT, CPT, psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, creative therapies, movement therapy and psychodrama. Process groups focus on managing stress, becoming assertive, preventing relapse, exploring feminist issues and managing food and feelings. Spiritual and mindfulness groups include a “body and soul group” as well as meditative and yoga practices. Also offered are groups dealing with relationships, intimacy and sexuality as well as career planning and life skills management.

Clinical treatment takes both allopathic and naturopathic approaches including the use of nutritional supplements. Traditional medical care is also employed, including for treatment of co-occurring disorders like PTSD and substance abuse. Clients also participate in individual nutritional sessions, general nutritional education and nutritional counseling. These include collaboration with a dietitian in developing a personal meal plan.

Residents attend weekly therapy with a psychiatrist. Group therapy takes place three or more times a day and teaches clients the fundamentals of the program. Clients also see their individual therapist three times a week and have private meetings with the facility’s medical doctor and dietitian.

The team at Monte Nido includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, RNs, an LVN, an LPN, an osteopath (DO), nutritionists, LMFTs, an MFTT, Master’s-level therapists and fitness instructors.

Healthy exercise programs like yoga, circuit weight training and swimming are a central component of treatment.

Personal phones and laptops are collected and stored upon admission; a house computer and phone are available with approval.

Family therapy consists of weekly multi-family groups, individual family sessions and monthly two-day family weekends.

Aftercare may involve transfer to one of Monte Nido’s many Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Additionally, clients with substance use disorders may be referred to 12-step meetings and sober living facilities.

Bonus Amenities

Creative therapies, weight training, yoga, nature walks, equine therapy, mindfulness, dance and movement classes, physical therapy, pottery and jewelry making, chiropractic treatment and orthopedic services are all available at Monte Nido.

Clients are taken on outings three to four times a week, including ones to restaurants and food shops as well as to museums, plays, movies, the beach, miniature golfing and bowling.


Monte Nido has a unique, goal-focused program with weekly review meetings to track how a client is progressing. The facility offers intensive individual therapy as a primary treatment tool, which allows clients to focus on themselves and their needs. Set in an incredible location, the campus facilitates healing in a beautiful, natural environment. Simply put, Monte Nido is one of the finest eating disorder treatment networks in the country.

Monte Nido

514 Live Oak Circle Dr

Calabasas, CA 91302

(888) 228-1253

Monte Nido Cost: $33,750 (30 days); accepts insurance. Find Monte Nido on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+

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