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Dana Friend, Psy.D., The Renfrew Center of Coconut Creek Social Justice for Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental He... August 10, 2020

In response to the death of George Floyd as well as the injustices faced by many others, taking a strong stance for social justice and human rights is necessary now more than ever—including increased access to ea...

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Kati D., Renfrew Alumna The Flame August 03, 2020

I was never comfortable expressing my anger outwardly, so I turned it towards myself. My eating disorder promised that by hurting myself, others would understand the hurt they have caused me. This was not the cas...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Recovery Checklist: Anniversary Edition July 27, 2020

Anniversaries, both positive and negative, can bring up expectations and reminders of the past. As thoughts emerge during this time, you may notice more urges for disordered behaviors as well. Use the checklis...

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Kristin Szostak, MA, LPC, Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Center City Carpe Diem: Embracing the New Normal July 20, 2020

Most of us have been following the news about the coronavirus since earlier in the year. Closing schools, businesses and stores for two weeks? Okay, sure, this felt uncomfortable, but manageable. Then, the update...

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Joelle L., Renfrew Alumna Finding Support in a Virtual Community July 13, 2020

I have been struggling with an eating disorder since I was about 12 years old. I remember having bad thoughts about my body, my self esteem, and my overall wellbeing for as long as I can remember. My parents ne...

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Anna R., Renfrew Alumna Conveying Emotion Through Color July 06, 2020

Throughout my treatment, I've experimented with how color can be used to convey emotion. I find that art helps me explore my emotions in a way that's intuitive and cathartic. Anna's artwork is featured in Th...

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Megan K., Alumna of The Renfrew Center of Charlotte Riding the Wave June 29, 2020

Life seemed pretty good after Renfrew; however, I learned recovery brings ups and downs. You will have many great days, but also some difficult ones. This is okay! One of my favorite sayings in treatment was "rid...

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Jillian Balser, LMSW, MPH, Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Nashville Loving Kindness Meditation June 22, 2020

A lot of folks are feeling disconnected during this time of social distancing – and understandably so! As incredibly social and community-driven beings, this time of quarantine, while undoubtedly necessary and im...

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Erin M., Alumna of The Renfrew Center of Chicago Recovery Isn't a Straight Line June 15, 2020

Last week, I graduated from high school. Honestly, I didn't think I would make it this far. My eating disorder consumed my life from such a young age, and I did not know recovery was even possible. But it is. I...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Services Coordinator Connections Spring 2020 June 08, 2020

The traditional gift for a 35th anniversary is coral. It represents patience, vibrancy, healing, and defense. Similarly, each of these characteristics play a powerful role in eating disorder treatment and reco...

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Emma H., Renfrew Alumna To Hide the 'Queer' June 01, 2020

This piece illustrates the internal battle I feel regarding my sexuality. Growing up as an innocent, young lesbian in an openly homophobic and sexist environment, desperately beating down any sign of being gay,...

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Camille J., Renfrew Alumna Embracing Recovery for Myself May 25, 2020

My eating disorder started when I was fifteen years old. I had struggled with my weight, body-image, depression, and anxiety for as long as I could remember – it felt like I was born with something "wrong" with...

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Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS-S, Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor and Dance/Movement Therapist for The Renfrew Center of Florida Inspiring Discovery May 18, 2020

Our way of living in our body plays an important role in opening ourselves to the wonder of creativity and the innate assets that live within us. In welcoming our eyes, hearts and awareness into our "mind's eye...

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Shay Melia, Renfrew Alumna Umbrellas May 11, 2020

This year marks twelve years since I was admitted to The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia. At the time, I was fairly hopeless and thought I would have to accept suffering with symptoms of an eating disorder for t...

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Amber B., Renfrew Alumna Nurture Your Soul May 04, 2020

Your inner child is reaching from the root of your soul. Allow her to hold you. Say "yes" to her, she wants you to heal. She is patiently waiting for you to show yourself compassion and love. Amber'...

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Savannah Fernandez, M.S., The Renfrew Center of Baltimore How to Get a Bikini Body? Put a Body in a Bikini. April 27, 2020

As winter fades away and the warmth of sunny spring is on the rise, the classic craze and conversation about getting "bikini body ready," is ever-present. You experience it almost anywhere: social media, televi...

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Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator Spring Cleaning Your Life April 20, 2020

This time of year, we're all getting ready to channel our inner Marie Kondo and get started on spring cleaning and organizing. But when is the last time you stopped to think about spring cleaning your life, an...

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Meghan Brown, LMHC, NCC, Admissions Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts The Uncertainty of Transition April 13, 2020

Artwork by Kristel G., patient of The Renfrew Center "A depiction of what control looks like for me amid the COVID19 pandemic. After identifying the things I could do for my own mental and physical health as w...

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Jaclynn Cosan, PsyD, Team Leader at The Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh Recovery and Pandemic Stress April 06, 2020

With the spread of Coronavirus in the United States, our lives are changing in ways we never anticipated. If you are feeling scared, uncertain, frustrated, or even panicked, those emotions make sense. It's natu...

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Liz Marino, RD, LD, CSSD, Regional Nutrition Manager for The Renfrew Center Reassessing Your Values During Lent March 30, 2020

As a non-denominational treatment facility, Renfrew's mission is to provide a safe and healing community for women from all backgrounds. This reflects our commitment to Christian girls and women who, together w...

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