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There is Hope for Full Recovery

By: Laura McLain, PsyD, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta

Posted on October 01, 2018

I'm often asked if individuals can really recover from an eating disorder. My answer is yes! I do believe that full recovery is possible. I firmly believe that change is possible, although uncomfortable, but that often times we don't have the adequate tools to implement desired changes. This is why I believe in therapy and in our philosophy at The Renfrew Center. We create a supportive environment and provide the necessary tools that empower women to change their lives. I have the opportunity to be an agent of change and instill hope in those who are healing from their pain, living life in line with their values, and truly thriving. I also have the privilege of instilling that hope and providing evidence to other professionals that treatment is effective.

I feel grateful that my job is to connect with others on a daily basis. Human connection is so important, especially in such an overly connected, yet disconnected world. It has been shown, time and time again, that connecting with others helps improves physical and mental health. Ove the years, I've had the privilege of maintaining a connection with many of our alumni. I'm reminded of this from one of our alums, Emily D.:

She expressed gratitude that "I hold more hope for her" than just managing eating disorder symptoms for the rest of her life. She shared her realization that there have been points in her recovery where she has been able to "reclaim hope for a period of time" because the treatment team held that hope when she couldn't.

This is why I do this work. If I can leave anyone with something, it is that there is always hope for change and full recovery.

Laura Minch McLain, PsyD, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Dr. Minch McLain has worked in a variety of settings and with several different populations including children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, emerging adults, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and identity issues, addictions, and relationship issues. In addition to her role at Renfrew, she also works in private practice serving individuals suffering with eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Dr. Minch McLain is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Georgia Psychological Association (GPA).
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