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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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Hannah B., Renfrew Alumna Self-Vulnerability October 07, 2019

When our Art Therapy Group was given the prompt of vulnerability, I tried to come at it with a different perspective. Instead of using art to express vulnerability with others, I focused on being vulnerabl...

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Kayla O., Renfrew Alumna Making Messes and Embracing Imperfection September 30, 2019

I was wrapping up my final undergraduate semester in December 2016: academically successful, surrounded by great family and friends, and was just hired as a 3rd grade teacher before I even graduated. On the i...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPC Webinar Recap: What's in your Backpack? Self Care Tools f... September 23, 2019

Last week on Wednesday, September 18, we had the privilege of having Dr. Laura Minch McLain, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta, share with our alumni ways to continue to take care of themselves whe...

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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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