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Alex Mark, MS, RDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Los Angeles Holiday Season Tips and Tools November 12, 2018

We sadly said goodbye to summer and as winter approaches we say hello to the holidays. Celebrations occur, which often include family reunions, impromptu parties and dinner events. Surviving this time of year m...

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Emma R. Alone in the Forest November 05, 2018

Most of my fears and daily anxieties reflect my deep fear of living a solitary life and feeling stuck and lost in my own mind, like a forest you can't navigate your way out of by yourself. I included the sky in t...

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Rachel Tenny, Alumni Coordinator Recovery Doesn't Have To Be Spooky October 29, 2018

Halloween is a time where we purposefully seek out things that are creepy, scary, and spooky. Whether it is a haunted house, a corn maze with zombies, or an old scary movie. There is something about being afraid ...

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Renfrew Alumni Masks October 22, 2018

These masks are featured in our 2018 Art Calendar. In this project, artists from The Renfrew Center of Connecticut depicted how they see themselves versus how they present themselves to others. Each artist chose ...

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Bridget Carango, MS, NCC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Radnor & Katie Cornwall, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Radnor Tips & Tricks to Avoid Falling Backwards October 15, 2018

The fall typically signifies a time of change and transition. Whether it's school, a new job or continuing with our current schedule it's important for each of us to take time to evaluate where we are in our reco...

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Megan Brown, LMHC, Admissions Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts Returning To Eating Disorder Treatment October 08, 2018

Not everyone who seeks treatment for an eating disorder does so only once. As illnesses, eating disorders are multi-faceted and complicated, so treatment and recovery is also complex. Returning to treatment ca...

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Laura McLain, PsyD, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta There is Hope for Full Recovery October 01, 2018

I'm often asked if individuals can really recover from an eating disorder. My answer is yes! I do believe that full recovery is possible. I firmly believe that change is possible, although uncomfortable, but tha...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPCA, Alumni Coordinator Meet Renfrew's New Alumni Services Coordinator September 24, 2018

Recovery is a process that continues beyond the walls of treatment and requires continued maintenance, check-ins, and motivation. I am thrilled to be the new Alumni Services Coordinator for The Renfrew Centers an...

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Hannah Beaver, LCSW Thank You and Goodbye! September 18, 2018

It is with the most heartfelt appreciation and gratitude that I write this post to all of you wonderful and courageous individuals, as I close the chapter on my time with The Renfrew Center. It has been an hon...

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Andrea A., Renfrew Alumna Vulnerability Rising September 10, 2018

The most challenging aspect to my recovery is learning that I am not in control and, in fact, I cannot control everything around me, despite what my eating disorder says. It has been grueling to surrender control...

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Susan M., Renfrew Alumna Alumna Recovery Story August 27, 2018

I've been in successful recovery of my eating disorder for over 10 years. I'm compelled to share my story with those that are struggling now because, in the midst of the fray and tumult of my eating disorder, the...

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Elizabeth Black, MA, LCPC, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Chicago Self-acceptance August 20, 2018

Self-acceptance is to acknowledge things as they are, even if we prefer they were different. Two commonly held beliefs that interfere with self-acceptance include 1. That we cannot accept things we do not love or...

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Julia C., Renfrew Alumna Putting My Health Before My Career August 13, 2018

I was a teacher for eight years. During that time I was very focused on my work and over that time my mental health started to deteriorate after years of being underappreciated at a poorly run school. Each year m...

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Catherine, G., Renfrew Alumna Recovery is the Air I Breathe August 06, 2018

Inspired by the colors of emotions and the ever-changing road to recovering from an eating disorder, I created a picture to represent my journey to health and peace. The swirling colors stand for the sometimes ov...

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Denisse Collazo, Renfrew Alumna The Quest of Discovery July 31, 2018

What does discovery personally means for me? This past year of my life I've been on a quest to learn who I am meant to be without an eating disorder. In my mind I had this idea of treatment and recovery being ...

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Hannah Beaver, LCSW, Alumni Coordinator Change: It's Not So Bad! July 23, 2018

In last week's recovery webinar, I had the pleasure of discussing one of my favorite topics: how to manage life changes while staying on track. Change is a beautiful part of life, yet it can also feel incredibly ...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPC, Primary Therapist & Alumni Rep at The Renfrew Center of Charlotte How Do I Keep Moving Forward In Recovery During The Chaos... July 09, 2018

While summer is a time of fun and relaxation, it can also be a time when eating disorder urges or behaviors can increase. Here are some tips to help you continue your progress in recovery during the summer if ...

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Hannah Beaver, LCSW, Alumni Coordinator Independence For All! July 02, 2018

As we approach the 4th of July, it's hard not to think about independence and freedom. These concepts are clearly connected to the holiday, but they also feel incredibly relevant to the process of recovery. When ...

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Amanda Pitchko, LAC, Primary Therapist & Alumni Rep at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey 2018 Summer Workshop Recap June 25, 2018

Last week, I had the pleasure of facilitating this year's summer workshop at the Mount Laurel site. This year's theme focused on identifying ways individuals have gained independence from their eating disorders. ...

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Jenn P., Renfrew Alumna Breaking Free From Restrictions June 18, 2018

This painting is featured in Renfrew's 2018 Art Calendar. From the artist: "It's me against the eating disorder. A constant struggle for control, a desire to be thin, and a way to numb my emotions. This piece sym...

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