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Tori, Alumna, The Renfrew Center of Radnor A Letter To You September 16, 2019

This letter is to you. The you who may be struggling right now. The you who's maybe had a rough day, terrible week, or even a little relapse. The you who doesn't know how much longer you can hold on. The you wh...

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Liz Gural, RD, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey Who You Follow Matters September 09, 2019

Has logging into your social media account ever upset you almost immediately? Maybe you saw an "influencer" or celebrity promoting a "detox tea" or a new juice cleanse, or maybe you received a message from an o...

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Danielle D., Renfrew Alumna "Pushing Against the Tide" September 01, 2019

We were asked to depict an emotion that we are most uncomfortable with, and I chose sadness. I've been learning to let it in in small waves, but it is often an emotion that overwhelms me, like a huge ocean surg...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Baltimore Take Time to Slow Down August 26, 2019

As I walked into a Michael's craft store this weekend, I was surprised to see fall and Halloween decorations out, and some already on sale! It feels like as a society, we're rarely mindful and we have stopped liv...

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Deborah Gray Walsh, LPC, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Charlotte Looking at Antecedents to Increase Compassion for Ourselves August 19, 2019

Do you ever have one of those situations where it seems like you're responding with much more intensity than the situation may warrant? It can sometimes be difficult to identify where our emotions are coming fr...

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Samantha Abplanalp, LPC-MHSP, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Nashville Let's Talk About Self-Compassion August 12, 2019

Let's talk about self-compassion! This is an untapped resource for recovery that is right at your fingertips to practice anytime, anywhere. It's especially useful during times of stress or suffering that could ...

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Erin P., The Renfrew Center Alumna Fighting the Good Fight August 05, 2019

Eating disorders are really dark and really scary. Moreover, they can be riddled with shame that is extremely isolating. This can make reaching out for help a daunting task. So, when I found myself trapped in the...

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Alumna, The Renfrew Center of Charlotte What is Recovery? July 29, 2019

What is Recovery? Recovery is a decision, A decision to make a different choice. The moment you decided you've had enough, And you're ready to find your own voice. Recovery is changing, Changing how y...

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Meghan Brown, LMHC, Admissions Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts Connections: A Recipe for Recovery July 22, 2019

There is a reason that Renfrew's bi-annual alumni newsletter is called Connections—they are the foundation of sustainable recovery. The skills we teach and the theory we practice are vital, and they aren't near...

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Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center Eliminating Morality from Food Choices July 15, 2019

The problem with associating food choices and character is that it implies your character is contingent on what you eat… and it's not. Your worth is not hinged on what you eat. You are not better because you...

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Elyse T., Renfrew Alumna Alumna Testimonial: Elyse T. July 11, 2019

My name is Elyse, and I am 29 years old. I battled anorexia my entire childhood. My eating disorder had quite a grip on my mind and controlled a large portion of my childhood and early adult life. We do have a c...

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Heather Rizzo MSW, LCSW, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey The Positive Power of Neutrality: Accepting Yourself as Y... July 08, 2019

On June 25, 2019, The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey held our summer alumni event focusing on the themes of acceptance, appreciation and body neutrality. We started off the group with a three-point check...

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Beth Tiras, LMFT, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Los Angeles What is Mindfulness Anyway? July 01, 2019

Mindfulness is a word being thrown around a lot these days, and placed on things such as coloring books, music and pre-recorded meditations. While mindfulness can potentially play a part in all of these things,...

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Jillian Mergruen, RD, CDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of New York Listening to Hunger Cues June 24, 2019

Hunger and fullness cues are something my patients seem to find the most confusing. Either the cues are absent, come at the wrong times, or come on intensely; they are hard to know when to trust, and when to ig...

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Taylor Forster, M.Ed, Program and Aftercare Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Florida Being SMART in Recovery June 17, 2019

Having support throughout your recovery process is essential. On the days we're doing well, our support systems can continue to lift us higher. On the days we're struggling, our support systems may be the ones ...

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The Renfrew Center Renfrew's Annual Alumni Reunion 2019 Recap June 10, 2019

On Saturday, June 1st, The Renfrew Center's alumni and their friends and family came together for a day of community and connection at the annual Alumni Reunion. Joining us at our Philadelphia, PA and Coconut C...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPC, Alumni Coordinator for The Renfrew Centers Be True | Be You May 27, 2019

We are less than a week away from our Annual Alumni Reunion in Philadelphia, PA and Coconut Creek, FL. I am so excited! There are lots of reasons for my excitement. Not only is this my first time being at our P...

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Aimee Lightburn, MA, LMHC, Admissions/Utilization Review Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Orlando Recovery is a Process May 20, 2019

Discharging from an eating disorder treatment center can be a scary and nerve-racking time. Day to day activities can seem like the most difficult things to do. Urges to engage in eating disorder behaviors may ...

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Mira Franco, LCSW, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago This 'Being Human' is a Guest House May 13, 2019

More often than not, our suffering grows and expands in the face of our efforts to try and not feel uncomfortable. This can be a hard pill to swallow – that we need to be with whatever life brings us (whether i...

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Ava S., Renfrew Alumna "Vulnerability" May 06, 2019

I found that my eating disorder has kept my loved ones at a safe distance. The more I let go of it the closer my relationships will become, and the sooner we will have a connection with love, vulnerability, and...

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