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Meghan Brown, LMHC, Admissions Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts Connections: A Recipe for Recovery July 22, 2019

There is a reason that Renfrew's bi-annual alumni newsletter is called Connections—they are the foundation of sustainable recovery. The skills we teach and the theory we practice are vital, and they aren't near...

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Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center Eliminating Morality from Food Choices July 15, 2019

The problem with associating food choices and character is that it implies your character is contingent on what you eat… and it's not. Your worth is not hinged on what you eat. You are not better because you...

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Elyse T., Renfrew Alumna Alumna Testimonial: Elyse T. July 11, 2019

My name is Elyse, and I am 29 years old. I battled anorexia my entire childhood. My eating disorder had quite a grip on my mind and controlled a large portion of my childhood and early adult life. We do have a c...

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Heather Rizzo MSW, LCSW, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey The Positive Power of Neutrality: Accepting Yourself as Y... July 08, 2019

On June 25, 2019, The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey held our summer alumni event focusing on the themes of acceptance, appreciation and body neutrality. We started off the group with a three-point check...

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Beth Tiras, LMFT, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Los Angeles What is Mindfulness Anyway? July 01, 2019

Mindfulness is a word being thrown around a lot these days, and placed on things such as coloring books, music and pre-recorded meditations. While mindfulness can potentially play a part in all of these things,...

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Jillian Mergruen, RD, CDN, Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of New York Listening to Hunger Cues June 24, 2019

Hunger and fullness cues are something my patients seem to find the most confusing. Either the cues are absent, come at the wrong times, or come on intensely; they are hard to know when to trust, and when to ig...

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Taylor Forster, M.Ed, Program and Aftercare Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Florida Being SMART in Recovery June 17, 2019

Having support throughout your recovery process is essential. On the days we're doing well, our support systems can continue to lift us higher. On the days we're struggling, our support systems may be the ones ...

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The Renfrew Center Renfrew's Annual Alumni Reunion 2019 Recap June 10, 2019

On Saturday, June 1st, The Renfrew Center's alumni and their friends and family came together for a day of community and connection at the annual Alumni Reunion. Joining us at our Philadelphia, PA and Coconut C...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPC, Alumni Coordinator for The Renfrew Centers Be True | Be You May 27, 2019

We are less than a week away from our Annual Alumni Reunion in Philadelphia, PA and Coconut Creek, FL. I am so excited! There are lots of reasons for my excitement. Not only is this my first time being at our P...

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Aimee Lightburn, MA, LMHC, Admissions/Utilization Review Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Orlando Recovery is a Process May 20, 2019

Discharging from an eating disorder treatment center can be a scary and nerve-racking time. Day to day activities can seem like the most difficult things to do. Urges to engage in eating disorder behaviors may ...

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Mira Franco, LCSW, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago This 'Being Human' is a Guest House May 13, 2019

More often than not, our suffering grows and expands in the face of our efforts to try and not feel uncomfortable. This can be a hard pill to swallow – that we need to be with whatever life brings us (whether i...

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Ava S., Renfrew Alumna "Vulnerability" May 06, 2019

I found that my eating disorder has kept my loved ones at a safe distance. The more I let go of it the closer my relationships will become, and the sooner we will have a connection with love, vulnerability, and...

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Carissa L. Strohecker Hannum, LGPC, NCC, Team Leader and Alumni Representative at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda Taking Safe Risks - Moving Past Fear and Embracing Your V... April 29, 2019

How do you feel when a friend invites you to an important social gathering? What is your response when asked to present to your classroom about something you are passionate about? Although there can be many dif...

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Lily Wolf, MSSA, LMSW, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Atlanta Tackling Transitions Throughout Recovery April 22, 2019

Transitions can be incredibly challenging, especially while in recovery. Change tends to go hand in hand with discomfort, disruption of routines, and the difficult task of trying something different. I often th...

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Via B., Renfrew Alumna "Stretched" April 15, 2019

"I find that recovery is so scary to me because it has ups and downs. Not recovering is something that I know, it is a constant down. It has taken me a while to realize that ups and downs are better for me than...

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Ranya Marjieh, MA, MS, MHC, Primary Therapist, The Renfrew Center of Connecticut Improving Body Image After Treatment April 08, 2019

It's time to address the elephant in the room, the topic that's always mentioned but never fully explained, the one that still gets in our way even after treatment – body image. Let's begin by examining what...

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Julia Y., Renfrew Alumna "Feelin' Indigo, How 'Bout You?" March 25, 2019

"Prior to entering recovery, I felt more alone, depressed, frail, helpless, and hopeless than I've ever felt – hence the isolated blue flower. It's ensnared in weeds, which, externally, appear to enhance the fl...

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Annie Baker, MS, NCC, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Radnor & Karen Sax, LCSW, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Radnor Spring Forward Towards Body Acceptance March 18, 2019

Of the four seasons, Spring is the one which symbolizes a time of renewal, of new life. Trees and plants are turning green and animals are emerging from hiding. This period of freshness and growth is also a tim...

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EJ Dillow, Renfrew Alumna Alumni Testimonial: Expressing Courage and Authenticity March 11, 2019

The Renfrew Center is not just the place where I began to defeat my eating disorder, it is also the place where I learned to exhibit the courage and authenticity that shape who I am today. My time at Renfrew do...

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Megan Coral, MS, LMFT, Alumni Representative for The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey Marching into Action March 04, 2019

We all probably have experienced that attempting to change eating disordered behaviors can be difficult - especially when the pattern of those behaviors feels automatic. I often hear from our patients how to...

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