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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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Casey Harvey, MSW, LSW, The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh Shorter Days and Colder Nights: Wintertime Self Care December 14, 2020

This year has been hard, and for many people, as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, it's getting tricker. If you find yourself in this boat right now, the good news is you're in good company. Seas...

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Martha Rawl, MAE, NCC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Nashville Conversations with People Who Don't 'Get It' December 07, 2020

The holidays are going to look different this year. In fact, everything has looked different this year. Whether or not you're celebrating in-person or virtually, one thing feels certain: someone's going to say so...

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Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW, Team Leader and Student Supervisor at The Renfrew Center of Radnor Creating Space: Renfrew's BIPOC Community Support Group December 02, 2020

When I was asked to lead a BIPOC Community Support Group, I responded before I had a chance to really process the request. My gut reaction was "Yes, of course!" With everything our communities have experien...

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Liz Shemory, MA, R-DMT at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey Anchoring in the Present to Cope with Stress November 30, 2020

Coronavirus. Working and schooling from home. Social isolation. Social unrest and ongoing racism, police brutality, and trauma. And to top it off, a divisive presidential election. We're all living in a really u...

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Nikki Iwule, MS, NCC, Primary Therapist and Alumni Representative at The Renfrew Center of Orlando Give Permission for Imperfection November 23, 2020

With the holidays quickly approaching, we might all be feeling a bit under pressure. We all might have thoughts of "How do you do a socially distanced Thanksgiving?" or "What does this mean for holiday travel?" A...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator Giving Thanks in 2020 November 16, 2020

This year, we've most likely been focused a lot on what we've missed. We've missed trips and events we were looking forward to, we've had to postpone weddings and honeymoons, lost loved ones and missed the opport...

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Maia C., Renfrew Alum Reconnecting with Art Therapy: Artwork by Alum Maia C. November 11, 2020

In the first piece, I was remembering both the small, black and white doodles I made in residential treatment, and also how it felt like I was circling through the same patterns again and again without a clear di...

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Ashley Vicari, NCC, LPC, Professional Relations Representative for The Renfrew Center of Nashville Make a PACT With Yourself November 09, 2020

You've done it! You've gone through treatment! You are home seeing your outpatient team, living your life, and figuring out what life post-treatment looks like. Then suddenly, IT hits you. Whatever IT is – IT co...

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Debbie D., Renfrew Alum Reconnecting with Art Therapy: Artwork by Alum Debbie D. November 04, 2020

I really enjoyed the art therapy session yesterday. It reinforced how far I have come in attempting to conquer my eating disorder. I was in residential treatment at The Renfrew Center of Coconut Creek, Florida in...

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EJ Dillow, Renfrew Alum Alumni Update: Affirmation through Recovery November 02, 2020

Back in March 2019, I wrote a testimonial in which I discussed how The Renfrew Center helped me develop courage and authenticity, helping me conquer my social anxiety and come into my non-binary identity. This a...

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Adele B., Renfrew Alumna Reconnecting with Art Therapy: Artwork by Alum Adele B. October 28, 2020

Then: When I was in the depths of my eating disorder, I felt like I had lost my light - like I was trapped in darkness, inside and out. A dark depressing cloud full of negative thoughts constantly loomed over me....

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator Adapting to a Virtual World - Connections Fall 2020 October 26, 2020

Growing up, I can remember the sheer joy of being allowed to play outside with friends and experiencing nature. Being social meant talking to peers at school and chatting with neighbors. Now, it involves an array...

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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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