The Renfrew Center’s unique and innovative treatment approach, grounded in relational thinking, has earned national and international recognition. Renfrew operates with the belief that the capacity for healing is stimulated and reinforced by interpersonal connection and, unlike many general or psychiatric hospitals, encourages women struggling with similar problems to join a community of their peers.
Traditional psychotherapies include:
• Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Exposure Therapy
• Relational-Cultural Therapy
• Family Therapy
• The Renfrew Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®
Experiential therapies include:
• Mindfulness and Spirituality
The Renfrew Center’s Four Goals of Comprehensive Treatment:
1. Stabilize and Engage
The initial focus of treatment is to re-establish physical and nutritional health and engage patients in the development of their own commitment and motivation for treatment.
2. Trust and Experiment
With the support and encouragement from therapists and peers, patients begin to make significant changes in their eating disordered thoughts and behaviors. As patients experiment with new thoughts and behaviors, they explore new relationships with food and their bodies.
3. Learn and Practice
As patients progress through treatment, they work with their treatment team to identify new challenges that allow them to practice and prepare for everyday situations that may arise later in treatment or after discharge.
4. Maintenance and Relapse Prevention
The final goal of treatment is to help patients develop skills and strategies to manage eating disordered thoughts and behaviors. They also address ongoing issues with self-esteem and relationships in order to maintain and strengthen their recovery.
Renfrew has determined four basic tenets for the therapeutic relationship which are strictly adhered to.
- Therapeutic relationships are built initially to foster medical, nutritional and psychological stabilization.
- Renfrew emphasizes the development of a safe and supportive network of relationships not only with therapists, but also with families, friends and the larger therapeutic community.
- From these connections, patients are challenged to try out new ideas and behaviors about eating, their bodies and their relationships.
- Building and sustaining engagement and motivation for treatment is essential for long term recovery. The quality of the therapeutic relationship has a strong influence on the development of the patient’s personal commitment to treatment and recovery. The safety in these connections fosters the risk-taking necessary for growth.