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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader at the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Looking Beyond The Mirror February 24, 2020

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week, and The Renfrew Center's NEDA Week 2020 theme, Beyond The Mirror, challenges us all to interrupt the reoccurring cycle of negative thoughts when loo...

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Rebecca Alcosser, RD, at The Renfrew Center of New York Honoring Your Cravings February 17, 2020

I love talking about cravings because I think they are such an important way to honor our body's needs. Cravings can be your body's way of directly asking for what it needs. For example, when you crave an orang...

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Kaitlin Burns, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda Focus on Yourself this Valentine's Day February 10, 2020

Valentine's Day is a major commercial holiday in this country that urges us to show our loved ones how much we care about them by buying them a box of chocolates or some nice jewelry. But what if, this Valentin...

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Gabriella M., Renfrew Alumna Window to Self February 03, 2020

The window to myself is arched, much like those in a church. My faith is foundational, representative of my values of family, love, and justice. My window is set in stone–strong, resilient, confident, poised, c...

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Taylor Padawer, MS, LAMFT, Admissions Coordinator and Utilization Review Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Georgia Hope Moving Forward January 27, 2020

This time of year is tricky: a new semester, almost two months into a new calendar, and a colder climate. At this point in time, if we've set goals or resolutions for the new year, some of us are starting to f...

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Alexa K., Renfrew Alumna Voice of Recovery: Alexa K. January 20, 2020

It's hard to point to the exact moment I developed this illness; often, it seems like it has always been there. I recall my sixth birthday and the presence of the voice inside my head telling me that I did not ...

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Janet Negrini, LCSW, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey The Resolution ARC: Staying Recovery Focused in the New Year January 13, 2020

For many, the idea of a new year brings with it the idea of making resolutions. Staying recovery focused during this time can be difficult as we are bombarded with talk of making resolutions that center around...

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Erin F., Renfrew Alumna Beautifully Broken January 07, 2020

One day. It'll come out, there's beauty in being broken. Erin's artwork is featured in The Renfrew Center Foundation's 2020 Art Calendar. Each piece of artwork in this calendar was selected because it co...

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Kathryn Argento, MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at The Renfrew Center of West Palm Beach New Year, Same You! December 30, 2019

As we enter a new year, we are bound to hear talk of resolutions all around us. Setting goals can be an exciting way to start a new spin around the sun, yet so many of them are rooted in diet culture – whether ...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Give Yourself a Gift December 23, 2019

We're currently in the thick of the gift-giving season, and if you're anything like me, there's probably a few gifts left to buy! As we think of what the people in our lives would like this year, I encourage u...

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Kathryn Argento, MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at The Renfrew Center of West Palm Beach Am I Doing it Wrong? December 16, 2019

The "black and white" thinking of an eating disorder thrives in "right" or "wrong" territory, and this can be a lingering barrier around mealtime, even as patients progress through recovery. Whether it's in re...

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Kaitlin Burns, LGPC, NCC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda Tips on Thriving This Holiday Season December 09, 2019

For many of our patients and alumni, the holidays can be an incredibly challenging time of year. Not only is there an emphasis on food during many of these holidays, but also complicated family dynamics, remind...

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Shannon P., Renfrew Alumna Nature's Stillness December 02, 2019

the cold crisp air filling my lungs tender stillness dancing on my skin the owl and i share this moment and all its wisdom echoing from tree to tree the wind whispers be still its ok to be still now ...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving November 25, 2019

With the holiday season upon us, Thanksgiving is often the first battle in what can be an ongoing war—navigating the challenges of food and diet talk, diverting conversation away from physical appearance, bei...

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Kathryn Argento, MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at The Renfrew Center of West Palm Beach It's Not Just About the Nutrients November 18, 2019

As a dietitian, I talk a lot about nutrients and the life sustaining function of food that allows us to grow and thrive, while ensuring we can breathe, move and think without a whole lot of effort. I love hel...

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Leah Hovel, NCC, Primary Therapist at the Renfrew Center of Chicago The Three F's: Fight, Flight or Freeze November 11, 2019

The word "trauma" can be a bit daunting; most of us have a hard time identifying with it or feel that it could ever happen to us. Believe it or not, the trauma response is an extremely adaptive survival mecha...

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Lauren C., Renfrew Alumna Feed Your Soul November 04, 2019

Feed Your Soul is a message to remind us that recovery is not only about nourishing our bodies but also our minds, hearts, and spirits. Like sunflowers, our souls can bloom with energy and brightness if we in...

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Aimee Lightburn, MA, LMHC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Orlando Prioritizing Recovery October 28, 2019

How many times have you said or heard, "It's okay, I'll do it tomorrow." How many times has that phrase influenced your productivity, or kept things from moving in the right direction? Procrastination often o...

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Lily Wolf, MSSA, LMSW, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta Creating a Strong Foundation for Recovery October 21, 2019

In the treatment world, recovery can sound like an end point – treatment is the process and recovery is the goal. What we don't often talk about is the amount of maintenance recovery requires. Whether you a...

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Samantha Bernstein, Art Therapist and Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Old Greenwich The Power of Art Therapy in Treating Eating Disorders October 14, 2019

Patient Artwork: Anonymous, 19 years old, colored pencils on white paper Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art to enhance and better understand one's mental and emotional well-being. There a...

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