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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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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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