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Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC, Creative Arts Therapies Supervisor Virtual Workshops for Alumni: Reconnecting with Art Therapy October 22, 2020

In September 2020, Renfrew offered what was hopefully the first of many virtual "Reconnecting with Art Therapy" workshops for alumni. We had a great turnout, and it was wonderful to see some familiar faces from o...

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Paige T., Renfrew Alumna Grit October 19, 2020

To those in this fight, Disclaimer: this is not a 'recovery is so beautiful' letter so if that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere. Depending on where you are in your recovery, you might be realizing...

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Angela Kaloudis, LMHC, NCC, Clinical Training Specialist at The Renfrew Center Bringing Support Persons into the Healing Process October 12, 2020

Far too often, traditional family therapy is not prioritized after the age of 18, including when it comes to eating disorder recovery. I get it - including support persons, like family, friends, roommates or roma...

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Caroline Lucin, MS, RD at The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey Mealtime Connection While Disconnected October 05, 2020

The past few months have been an unusual time and experience for all of us. We abruptly had to stop our typical day-to-day activities and figure out how to adjust, perform tasks and keep schedules while staying h...

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Brianna Theus, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of White Plains, NY More Than a Number: Your Weight Does Not Define You October 01, 2020

I am writing this as a thin, able-bodied, cisgender, black woman. The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NACABM) defines Weight Stigma as the discrimination or stereotypin...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Ending Weight Hate September 28, 2020

In 2019, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) organized their first ever Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW). Focused on raising awareness around weight stigma, it impacts all of us - particularly tho...

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Claire, Renfrew Alumna Breaking the Stereotype September 21, 2020

The first time a professional suggested I had an eating disorder, I thought they were joking. I had gone to see yet another dietitian for guidance on finally achieving a "normal" weight. I've lived my adult life ...

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Sarah Bateman, LCSW, Jewish Community Liaison for The Renfrew Center Navigating the Jewish Holidays with an Eating Disorder September 14, 2020

The Jewish Holidays can be stressful times for anyone. There are multiple large holiday meals that require extensive preparation, copious amounts of food, and a lot of time spent around the table. Religious obser...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Getting Back to the 'Back-to-School' Routine September 07, 2020

If your summer has been anything like mine, right now you're probably wondering, "What summer?!" But whether we felt like there were a summer or not, it is coming to an end, and our schedules are starting to ch...

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Sarah R., Renfrew Alumna Committed to The Journey August 31, 2020

My eating disorder story started when I was fifteen, and fourteen years later, I decided enough was enough. I decided on my own that I wanted to get better and sought out treatment to improve my quality of life a...

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Megan S., Renfrew Alumna The Power of Music August 24, 2020

I love Billie Eilish. No one really asks me why, but I always quickly explain, "I don't know why. It doesn't make any sense. I only listen to show tunes." But I do know why. I love Billie Eilish because ...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Emotion Acceptance August 17, 2020

You may have noticed a theme in our Instagram this month focused on emotion acceptance, but what does that really mean? Emotion acceptance means getting friendly with our emotions and welcoming them, as opposed t...

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Dana Friend, Psy.D., The Renfrew Center of Coconut Creek Social Justice for Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental He... August 10, 2020

In response to the death of George Floyd as well as the injustices faced by many others, taking a strong stance for social justice and human rights is necessary now more than ever—including increased access to ea...

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Kati D., Renfrew Alumna The Flame August 03, 2020

I was never comfortable expressing my anger outwardly, so I turned it towards myself. My eating disorder promised that by hurting myself, others would understand the hurt they have caused me. This was not the cas...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Recovery Checklist: Anniversary Edition July 27, 2020

Anniversaries, both positive and negative, can bring up expectations and reminders of the past. As thoughts emerge during this time, you may notice more urges for disordered behaviors as well. Use the checklis...

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Kristin Szostak, MA, LPC, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Center City Carpe Diem: Embracing the New Normal July 20, 2020

Most of us have been following the news about the coronavirus since earlier in the year. Closing schools, businesses and stores for two weeks? Okay, sure, this felt uncomfortable, but manageable. Then, the update...

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Joelle L., Renfrew Alumna Finding Support in a Virtual Community July 13, 2020

I have been struggling with an eating disorder since I was about 12 years old. I remember having bad thoughts about my body, my self esteem, and my overall wellbeing for as long as I can remember. My parents ne...

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Anna R., Renfrew Alumna Conveying Emotion Through Color July 06, 2020

Throughout my treatment, I've experimented with how color can be used to convey emotion. I find that art helps me explore my emotions in a way that's intuitive and cathartic. Anna's artwork is featured in Th...

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Megan K., Alumna of The Renfrew Center of Charlotte Riding the Wave June 29, 2020

Life seemed pretty good after Renfrew; however, I learned recovery brings ups and downs. You will have many great days, but also some difficult ones. This is okay! One of my favorite sayings in treatment was "rid...

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Jillian Balser, LMSW, MPH, Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Nashville Loving Kindness Meditation June 22, 2020

A lot of folks are feeling disconnected during this time of social distancing – and understandably so! As incredibly social and community-driven beings, this time of quarantine, while undoubtedly necessary and im...

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