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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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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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