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Erin Birely, LCPC, Alumni Services Coordinator and Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore April Appraisals April 19, 2021

If you've been at Renfrew since the implementation of the Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® (UT model), you know we like to talk about appraisals a lot! If you haven't, the basics of appraisals are th...

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Katie Huber, Professional Relations Manager for The Renfrew Centers Summer Break: Slowing Down & Strengthening Recovery April 14, 2021

Was it really only a year ago that we wrapped up the 2020 academic year, after a pandemic-mandated exodus from campus and a scramble to e-learning alternatives? The lapse of time hits me differently every day – s...

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Cynthia F., Renfrew Alumna My Journey to Eating Disorder Recovery April 12, 2021

My name is Cynthia and I am currently in recovery from a 33-YEAR battle with bulimia. As a young teen, I was quite overweight and as I began high school, I was often teased by not only my peers, but also my membe...

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Emma K., Renfrew Alumna The Tree of Hope April 05, 2021

I have always resonated a lot with trees. Trees provide hope that with time comes growth and experience. There are many obstacles of my life that I included, but the tree of my life holds me up and helps me to ov...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Alumni Services Coordinator and Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore Balancing Act March 29, 2021

Balance is something we all strive for in life. Balance in life and work, in having fun and fulfilling responsibilities, in our finances, and in recovery as well. The thing I find hardest about balance, though, i...

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Emily DeMalto, MS, Clinical Program Manager at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Spring Lane Comparison and Disconnection March 22, 2021

Social Media. Despite the interaction social media provides, for many it may contribute to disconnection, comparison and a struggle to feel "enough." It's March 2020, and I'm sitting in my living room after...

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Molly McKendry, MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Boston Write Your Own Permission Slip March 15, 2021

At times, it may be tempting to compare your food choices to others, and form judgments about yourself and your experience because what you're working on is different from what others around you are doing, saying...

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Anna, Renfrew NYC Alumna Feeling Worthy After Treatment March 08, 2021

Dedicated to Savannah, Lauren, Nailah, and Rebecca –– I wouldn't be where I am today without you From the moment I was contacted to write this post, I've been mulling over in my head, "What do I have to bring ...

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Patients at The Renfrew Centers of Radnor, Philadelphia and Boston Virtual Art Therapy March 01, 2021

Art therapy at our non-residential sites looked a lot different starting in March of 2020! As our programming went virtual at the start of the pandemic, art therapy was conducted through zoom. Participants used w...

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Kate Ramsdell, M.S., Clinical Intern at The Renfrew Center of Baltimore Social Eating in a Virtual World February 24, 2021

As we approach one year since the beginning of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I reflect on how quickly we've all grown accustomed to life behind a screen. Our lives have transformed and adapted to this n...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator NEDA Week 2021: Connecting Beyond The Screen February 22, 2021

For many of us, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) 2020 was one of the last "normal" weeks we had before our worlds and lives drastically changed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We went from a life i...

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Anna R., Renfrew Alumna Rediscovering My Values February 15, 2021

As we know, eating disorders thrive in isolation. I lived with an eating disorder for over ten years before I finally received the treatment and care I needed. During this time, I pulled away from my friends, fam...

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Brianna Theus, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of White Plains, NY Intersectionality and Eating Disorders February 08, 2021

"Love the skin you're in." "Love your body." "Accept yourself as you are." Over the past few years, we have been delighted to take notice of the many affirming messages about body positivity—which is great! Bu...

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Aja P., Renfrew Alumna A Body is a Body February 01, 2021

I used to draw dancing figurines with smaller forms, but in one particular group, I wondered why a larger or softer body couldn't be just as powerful as a smaller one. I challenged myself to embrace my body shape...

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Ali G., Renfrew Alumna Voice of Recovery: Ali G. January 25, 2021

You matter. Whether you're struggling, helping someone else who's struggling or both - keep going. I wouldn't be alive, writing this here today, if I didn't have people who didn't give up on me, even at times I w...

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Layn T., Renfrew Alumna Finding My Voice January 18, 2021

In February 2020, I entered The Renfrew Center of Charlotte "kicking and screaming." I was a newlywed, and I refused to allow anything to disrupt the "pretty" life I was portraying. For years, I labelled mysel...

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Katarina B., Renfrew Alumna On Complexity and Self-Compassion January 11, 2021

I have had a line of poetry stuck in my head recently. A Walt Whitman line, from his poem Song of Myself, 51. "Very well then, I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" We all encounter day...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator No-Year's Resolutions January 04, 2021

If you follow us on Instagram, you likely saw our post last month in December 2020 about making "NO-Year's Resolutions." A NO-Year's Resolution stops us from setting overwhelming lofty goals we'll likely forget i...

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The Renfrew Center Community The Renfrew Center Foundation's 2021 Art Calendar December 28, 2020

The Renfrew Center Foundation's 2021 Art Calendar is now available! Each piece of artwork in this calendar was selected because it contains a deep truth that is illuminated in beauty through the visual language. ...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator Slowing Down December 21, 2020

If you're anything like me, you're wondering how it is already the end of December, when just yesterday it was the end of summer (or was that spring?!). And yet, whether we have been present with the changing sea...

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