The Renfrew Center

1-800-Renfrew

First in Eating Disorders

The Renfrew Centers provide clinical excellence within a nurturing
environment—empowering women to change their lives.

Treatment Philosophy

The Renfrew Center supports the belief that there is never a single cause for the development of an eating disorder. Rather, eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological, genetic, psychological, social and developmental roots. Effective treatment must target this entire range of factors.


At The Renfrew Center, treatment is: 

  • Collaborative rather than imposed.
  • Interactive rather than passive.
  • Personal rather than distant or neutral.


Renfrew’s innovative programs emphasize the healing potential of interpersonal connection and are based on:

  • A fundamental belief that relationships and a sense of community are central to the psychological health of women.
  • A belief that it is essential for patients and their families to be involved in goal setting and the ongoing assessment of treatment progress.
  • The recognition that girls and women are that segment of our population most affected by eating disorders.
  • A commitment to soliciting feedback from patients, families and professionals in order to help continually improve services.
  • The value of evidence based practices and systematically integrating the results of the most current research findings throughout Renfrew's treatment programs.


With these goals in mind, The Renfrew Center offers a full range of treatment options led by clinical staff members who are:

  • Known leaders in the field of eating disorder treatment.
  • Experts in the psychology of women.
  • Sensitive to the biological, social and cultural contexts of women's lives. 
  • Dedicated to restoring a sense of meaningful well-being in every patient.

At The Renfrew Center, patients are matched to the appropriate level of care, at which they are able to develop better interpersonal and communication skills and become immersed in a treatment process designed to affect a full and lasting recovery.