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The Renfrew Center The Renfrew Center's NEW, Mobile-Friendly Website is Now ... June 07, 2021

We are excited to share that the great resources you access on this website, including our blog, have been added to our newly redesigned, mobile-friendly Renfrew Center website at www.renfrewcenter.com. All al...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Alumni Services Coordinator and Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore Recognizing Freedom Through Loss May 31, 2021

Memorial Day has become synonymous with cook outs, getting together with friends, and the start of summer. But the purpose behind Memorial Day is really meant to be a chance to honor and remember those we have lo...

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Ruth W., Renfrew Alumna Creating Space to Grow May 24, 2021

If you would have told me six months ago I would make it to this day, I would have almost certainly given you a look of disbelief, or laughed with great doubt, or said, "Yeah right, I don't believe you." In fact,...

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Liz Rae, BS, Clinical Intern at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda, MD Navigating TikTok While in Recovery May 17, 2021

As we continue to social distance in an effort to stay healthy, many of us have turned to social media for entertainment and connection with our friends. With 689 million users worldwide, TikTok is one of the mos...

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Dayna A., Renfrew Alumna Celebrating All the Small Victories May 10, 2021

The first time I received help for my eating disorder I was asked, "What does recovery look like?" Being in an art therapy group at the time, I quickly grabbed a few colored pencils from the plastic box in the mi...

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Brittany Thiel, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City Reject Diet Culture on No Diet Day—And Beyond May 06, 2021

Social media can be a great tool to connect with others and experience creativity on the go, but it can also come with engrained messages associated with diet culture and the seemingly unattainable standards set ...

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Carley R., Renfrew Alumna Inspire May 03, 2021

To inspire someone is an act that can change one's life. A person in my life inspired me and touched my soul, allowing me to be brought out of the dark hole I thought I'd never be able to escape. Carley's ...

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Deirdre, Renfrew Alumna The Pup and the Teapot April 26, 2021

"In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas." "Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of." --C.S. Lewis, Voyage of the Dawn Treader We are s...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Alumni Services Coordinator and Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore April Appraisals April 19, 2021

If you've been at Renfrew since the implementation of the Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® (UT model), you know we like to talk about appraisals a lot! If you haven't, the basics of appraisals are th...

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Katie Huber, Professional Relations Manager for The Renfrew Centers Summer Break: Slowing Down & Strengthening Recovery April 14, 2021

Was it really only a year ago that we wrapped up the 2020 academic year, after a pandemic-mandated exodus from campus and a scramble to e-learning alternatives? The lapse of time hits me differently every day – s...

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Cynthia F., Renfrew Alumna My Journey to Eating Disorder Recovery April 12, 2021

My name is Cynthia and I am currently in recovery from a 33-YEAR battle with bulimia. As a young teen, I was quite overweight and as I began high school, I was often teased by not only my peers, but also my membe...

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Emma K., Renfrew Alumna The Tree of Hope April 05, 2021

I have always resonated a lot with trees. Trees provide hope that with time comes growth and experience. There are many obstacles of my life that I included, but the tree of my life holds me up and helps me to ov...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Alumni Services Coordinator and Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore Balancing Act March 29, 2021

Balance is something we all strive for in life. Balance in life and work, in having fun and fulfilling responsibilities, in our finances, and in recovery as well. The thing I find hardest about balance, though, i...

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Emily DeMalto, MS, Clinical Program Manager at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Spring Lane Comparison and Disconnection March 22, 2021

Social Media. Despite the interaction social media provides, for many it may contribute to disconnection, comparison and a struggle to feel "enough." It's March 2020, and I'm sitting in my living room after...

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Molly McKendry, MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Boston Write Your Own Permission Slip March 15, 2021

At times, it may be tempting to compare your food choices to others, and form judgments about yourself and your experience because what you're working on is different from what others around you are doing, saying...

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Anna, Renfrew NYC Alumna Feeling Worthy After Treatment March 08, 2021

Dedicated to Savannah, Lauren, Nailah, and Rebecca –– I wouldn't be where I am today without you From the moment I was contacted to write this post, I've been mulling over in my head, "What do I have to bring ...

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Patients at The Renfrew Centers of Radnor, Philadelphia and Boston Virtual Art Therapy March 01, 2021

Art therapy at our non-residential sites looked a lot different starting in March of 2020! As our programming went virtual at the start of the pandemic, art therapy was conducted through zoom. Participants used w...

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Kate Ramsdell, M.S., Clinical Intern at The Renfrew Center of Baltimore Social Eating in a Virtual World February 24, 2021

As we approach one year since the beginning of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I reflect on how quickly we've all grown accustomed to life behind a screen. Our lives have transformed and adapted to this n...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of The Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator NEDA Week 2021: Connecting Beyond The Screen February 22, 2021

For many of us, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) 2020 was one of the last "normal" weeks we had before our worlds and lives drastically changed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We went from a life i...

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Anna R., Renfrew Alumna Rediscovering My Values February 15, 2021

As we know, eating disorders thrive in isolation. I lived with an eating disorder for over ten years before I finally received the treatment and care I needed. During this time, I pulled away from my friends, fam...

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