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Lisa Luse, LCSW-C Tips for You and Your Family this Holiday Season December 11, 2017

The holiday season is upon us and for those recovering from an eating disorder this can be an especially stressful time; the meals, the outfits, the parties, the politics, the memories from previous years, the ch...

Sarah Bateman, LCSW Holidays and Special Occasions: Finding the Right Tools f... December 04, 2017

Eating three balanced meals a day plus snacks can be hard enough to manage. Even for people doing well in their recovery, there are decisions, conflicting or negative thoughts, planning, scheduling and financial ...

Melanie Smith, LMHC Accepting Recovery November 27, 2017

One of the biggest mistakes someone can make when pursuing their recovery is being resolved that they can do it without experiencing some uncomfortable feelings and struggles. The reality is that struggles happen...

Hannah Beaver, LCSW Thanksgiving with an Eating Disorder: 3 Tips to Help You ... November 22, 2017

With the holiday season comes great joy but, for those in recovery, it can also be stressful. Below are tips to help you get through the upcoming holiday meal and enjoy time spent with your loved ones. • Ident...

Sondra Rosenberg 2018 Art Calendar November 20, 2017

Expressing The Voice Within - The Renfrew Center Foundation's 2018 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...

Cindy K. Alumna Testimonial November 13, 2017

When I was a teenager back in the 70's, places like Renfrew did not exist. People didn't talk about eating disorders and mental health, or when they did, they did so very quietly. Now in my mid-50's, I look back ...

Jamie B. Brain on Numbers November 06, 2017

This painting is featured in Renfrew's 2017 Art Calendar. From the alumna, "In my eating disorder, I give so much power to arbitrary numbers, setting unrealistic goals that only enhance the constant rumination of...

Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS,Dance/Movement Therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida Leaning Into Life October 15, 2017

Before you came to Renfrew, you engaged in various eating disorder behaviors that you thought helped you cope with life stressors. You were leaning away from life. While at Renfrew you learned the importance of l...

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation Beat the Body Image Blues October 09, 2017

"It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, or concern must be to live while we're alive – to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a façade des...

Rachel Karitis, Alumna I Am Not My Eating Disorder October 02, 2017

I am not my eating disorder. Over the course of my life, I have loved it, hated it, ignored it. For a long time, I thought we were inextricably intertwined. We are not. My DSM code is not tattooed on my skin, ran...

Megan Coral, MS, LMFT from The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey Social Media and Body Image September 25, 2017

Social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter - to name a few) seems to be everywhere and most of us belong to at least one network. We can't look at a picture, read an article, or check the weather without an ...

Jenny Alovis, Alumna Ana, Not This Time September 18, 2017

You've been around the block, And you've been around the world, Stealing people's hearts and putting them through hell, You know how to knock me down, And you think that I can't hold back, But you ain't se...

Julianna S. Growth September 11, 2017

This painting is featured in Renfrew's 2017 Art Calendar. From the alumna, "my inspiration comes from words, whether it be favorite quotes, listening to other people's stories, or just my own thoughts. This is o...

Hannah Beaver, LCSW, Alumni Coordinator Change in Season, Change in YOU September 05, 2017

As summer winds down, we often find ourselves exposed to the various changes happening all around us, whether it's through the changing colors of nature, or the plethora of "back to school" messages, it's hard t...

Nadia A. Break It August 14, 2017

This painting, which is featured in Renfrew's Art Calendar is about each new day creating a new opportunity to break the habits that keep us stuck in our anxieties and depressions. With each new sunrise, beams...

The Renfrew Center The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh is Now Open! June 27, 2017

This location is Renfrew's third in Pennsylvania and 18th nationwide The Renfrew Center announced today the opening of its Pittsburgh, PA, location at 201 N. Craig Street, 5th Floor. This facility is Renfrew's 1...

Anonymous The Only Safe Space June 05, 2017

This painting, which is featured in Renfrew's Art Calendar, is about how eating disorders cloud the mind to hide mental pain and negative emotions. From the artist, 'after a history of abuse, my eating disorder...

Tzivya Green Dear ED May 30, 2017

Dear ED, I can't erase you. You are my past. You are 9 years of my past. You uncomfortably tangled my heart and unkindly controlled my body. I close my eyes and try to forget but you left a mark. I can tear a ...

Concetta Troskie, RDT, R-DMT, LPC-Intern Spontaneous Vulnerability: Eating Disorders and Creative ... January 23, 2017

Eating disorders communicate non-verbally. Each behavior driven by the eating disorder has a symbolic message and meaning that desperately wants to be understood. In this way, eating disorders are a call for help...

Tiffany Phillips, MA, LMFT, Alumni Rep at The Renfrew Center Nashville Gifts to Self This Holiday Season December 20, 2016

'Tis the season to be stressed out and over-scheduled. Recovering from an eating disorder is a challenge at all times of the year, but during the holidays, it can be incredibly difficult. While you are busy s...

Laura Minch, PsyD, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta Brain Becomes Boss October 10, 2016

I love learning about and talking about the brain because it dictates everything that we do….every moment of every day (what we think, who we interact with, how we experience emotions). It also changes when we a...

Nina Gilbert, LMSW, RYT 200, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Nashville The Body Connect October 03, 2016

There is a pitiful lack of scientific research that "proves" the power of yoga for healing from an eating disorder. However, for a practice that has been around for 5,000 years, we might make a reasonable guess ...

Tiffany Phillips, MA, LMFT, Alumni Rep at The Renfrew Center of Nashville Grace and Kindness September 26, 2016

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum Most of what I really need To know about how to live And what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top...

Emmi Barnoski, MSW, LSW, Alumni Rep at The Renfrew Center of Chicago To Disclose or Not to Disclose-That is the Question! September 19, 2016

Sometimes the opportunity arises to talk about the fact that one is in recovery from an eating disorder. It can occur at school ("Where were you last semester?"), at work ("Why do you need to take a medical leave...

Nicole Bertucci, LMFT, Alumni Rep at The Renfrew Center of Los Angeles Even When All Feels Lost, There Is Still Hope September 12, 2016

One of the things I hear my clients say the most is, "I can't imagine life without having an eating disorder." They can't imagine a day where they won't choose food based on its calorie content or when they can g...

Jessica H. Heart September 06, 2016

This sculpture, which is featured in Renfrew's Art Calendar is about a close friend of a Renfrew alumna. Her friend was very upset about the complication of a shrunken, weaker heart. She made this piece for her...

Lara Pence Urges & Needs August 08, 2016

Some of you may have participated in groups at Renfrew during which you reviewed the different types of needs that we have. Let's think about it again – since I've got your attention. So we have our basic needs –...

Lara Pence What Will You Vote For August 01, 2016

It's no surprise to anyone that we are in an election year. Individuals across the nation are campaigning for their preferred new president. And in a few short months we will be asked to cast a vote. While headin...

Lara Pence The Body as a Container July 25, 2016

The body has often been marginalized as a shape, a form, a canvas on which judgments and opinions are projected. However, the body, our bodies are so, so much more. Our body is a truly an all-powerful vessel ...

Lara Pence Celebrating Freedom July 18, 2016

In all of my years of doing this work, when I ask the question, "What do you imagine life would be like without your eating disorder?", the response I get the most is somehow related to freedom. Countless ses...

Lara Pence Are You Forgetting to Have Fun July 05, 2016

We have a tendency to take on the seriousness of life throughout our day and forget how important it is to have fun. As a society, we have become more attached to outcome and less grounded in process. We focu...

Lara Pence Self-Assessment for Success June 27, 2016

Often we rely on the assessment of others to dictate how we are doing, feeling, or whether we are succeeding. We learn this early on – it's the grades from teachers, the accolades from coaches, the acceptance let...

Lara Pence From Head to Hand June 20, 2016

Sometimes, the process of writing can unleash emotions and provide an opening for understanding that was once difficult to access. I often recommend that my clients take time to write – whether that's in a journa...

Whitney Russell, MS, LPC-S from The Renfrew Center of Dallas Breathe May 16, 2016

The journey of recovery takes many forms and shifts in all different directions - goes left, right, up, and down. How we describe the journey can also be depicted in different forms. This poem describes the tumu...

Lara Pence A Word on Gratitude May 02, 2016

We are often encouraged to be grateful for the things that we have, for the people in our life, for the experiences that we encounter. While all of us certainly have the language to speak the words, "I'm grateful...

Lara Pence Authenticity at Its Best April 25, 2016

The term authenticity is thrown around in the recovery process as if it's something you can catch, like the flu or a baseball. You catch it and you're golden (although that wouldn't quite be true if it were the f...

Lara Pence Tapping into our Internal Awesome April 18, 2016

As a society, we spend a considerable amount of time, energy and money on things that others tell us will make our life 'better'. Self-help books, gym memberships, workshops designed to enlighten, 'clean' cookboo...

Lara Pence Supporting Your Recovery April 04, 2016

It's not easy to tell others that you need help. Asking for help is something that society often tells us is weak and riddled with vulnerability. Weakness, absolutely not. Vulnerability, for sure! But what's so w...

Lara Pence The Encouraging Voice March 28, 2016

I was once told by a wise supervisor that one of the goal's in therapy is for the therapist's voice to be internalized by the client. The therapist becomes the voice of reason, rational thought, encouragement and...

Lara Pence Focusing on the Good March 21, 2016

It's hard to focus on the good sometimes. As a society we are so good at picking out the bad, the what needs work, and the fixable. It can sometimes feel like our eye is trained to see the "what's wrong with this...

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