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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 t...

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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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Shalini Wickramatilake-Templeman A Voice of Inspiration February 26, 2019

"Residential treatment would be the best level of care for you." When I heard that during my intake at the Renfrew Center, I was shocked. After 18 years of struggling with an eating disorder, yet never quite ...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPCA, Renfrew's Alumni Coordinator Get Involved During NEDA Week! February 25, 2019

Each year at the end of February, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) hosts a one week event, bringing awareness to the severity and prevalence of eating disorders. If you are new to NEDA Week...

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Ashley Vicari, NCC, LPC, The Renfrew Center of Nashville What does recovery look like in the real world February 18, 2019

I hear this question over and over again from patients at every stage of their journey. The truth is, "recovery" can feel so far away that it might feel challenging to even grasp the idea that you could be...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader The Renfrew Center of Baltimore Remember to LOVE yourself February 11, 2019

We have officially entered the onslaught of Valentine's themed everything! From candy to cards and every decoration you can think of in between, we all begin to focus on expressing our love for everyone arou...

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McKenzie Wilkins, LCSW, The Renfrew Center of Charlotte Body Neutrality February 04, 2019

Throughout my time of running body image groups at The Renfrew Center of Charlotte, I have heard many patients express hopelessness with entertaining the concept of self-love when they feel such self-hate. We ta...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPCA, Alumni Coordinator for The Renfrew Center Setting Intentions - A How To January 28, 2019

This past week, I hosted our first alumni webinar of 2019 with Adriana Labarta,M.Ed., Ed.S., Aftercare Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Florida. We discussed how to understand your values and use them to ...

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Lori Ciotti, LICSW, Regional Assistant Vice President for The Renfrew Centers. A New Years' Resolution to Keep January 21, 2019

As 2018 is in our collective rearview mirror and we look to welcome a new year, it is traditional to reflect on things we want to improve upon, and make changes. The inspiration for my proposal here comes fro...

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Liz Marino R.D, L.D, CSSD, Regional Nutrition Manager at The Renfrew Center How will you care for yourself this year? January 14, 2019

Everyone understands that health is important. However, how we conceptualize health in our lives is equally important. If we are focusing on health only as an end-goal rather than a way of life, we will get very...

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Amanda Pitchko, Alumni Representative at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey Connections and Relationships in Recovery January 07, 2019

Before these women were alumni of the program, the idea of creating connection to others or to their own bodies was a distant thought. In the most recent alumni event ran at The Renfrew Center of Southern New ...

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPCA Happy Holidays! December 24, 2018

A few things to remember over the next few weeks: 1)Be okay with saying "no" when you need to rest. 2)Take time to do the things you enjoy. 3)Make sure you continue to meet with your team as you are able to....

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPCA, The Renfrew Center Alumni Coordinator Relationships Impacting the ED Recovery Process December 11, 2018

Shame and secrecy cause by an eating disorder may break down relationships with friends, families, and peers…and more than that, the repercussions of your eating disorder will impact the relationship you have wit...

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Clea C. Love Is December 03, 2018

This artwork was created during an exercise about values and what I care about in life. Love is my God and love is what holds my life together. I use this to remind myself that love is abundant and all around me.

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Rachel Tenny, MA, LPCA, Alumni Coordinator Gratitude Changes Everything November 19, 2018

You may have been asked to think about what you are grateful for and what you are thankful for a lot lately! Before you use #blessed and #thankful on your social media posts this week, let's take some time to und...

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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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