The Renfrew Center of Chicago
The Renfrew Center of Chicago, located in the suburb of Northbrook, specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and related mental illnesses. Programming consists of a comprehensive range of services including day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy.
The Renfrew Center of Chicago is located at 5 Revere Drive, Suite 100 in Northbrook. It is west of the Edens Expressway/Route 41 and east of Interstate 294 on the corner of Lake Cook Road and Revere Drive. Parking is located on the premises.
Meet Our Clinical Leaders:
Heather Russo, MA, MFT, CEDS, is the Regional Assistant Vice President. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). She received her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership in Behavioral Health. She has extensive experience in treating eating disorders in Inpatient Hospitalization, Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Private Practice settings. Ms. Russo is an active, integrative therapist who works with her clients to promote empowerment and fulfillment. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively make strides in recovery. She has been the featured presenter of seminars addressing eating disorder treatment and recovery, educating both recovery groups and professionals treating mental illness.
Mira Franco, LCSW, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana. Ms. Franco received clinical training in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders from The University of Chicago Medical Center’s Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She is dedicated to the provision of quality, family-centered therapy services to strengthen individuals and support families.
Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW, is the Clinical Training Specialist for The Renfrew Centers. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Ms. Wickstrom is passionate about ensuring evidence-based practice is incorporated into eating disorders treatment. She is intensively trained in contextual therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®. She contributed the chapter titled ‘Healing Self-Inflicted Violence in Adolescents with Eating Disorders’ in the textbook Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap. Ms. Wickstrom is an adjunct lecturer at The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and has worked in residential, outpatient and inpatient treatment settings.
The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer a new, Virtual Therapy Group for adolescent girls and women in Illinois who have struggled with disordered eating.
This weekly therapy group is facilitated by Courtney Johnson, Primary Therapist at The Renfrew Center of Chicago and offers structured care in a web-based environment.
This online, virtual therapy group actively engages participants with each other to explore and understand the emotions and relational functions of their disordered eating and develop strategies to connect to emotions, improve communications and achieve recovery focused goals. Group curriculum is informed by the empirically based Renfrew Unified Treatment model.
To get started, you will need to have access to Wi-Fi and a device such as a smart phone, computer or tablet with a camera and screen.
Participants must be located in Illinois and be followed by an outpatient therapist.
For more information about the Virtual Support Group or to schedule a virtual assessment, please call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).
Date: Meets weekly on Mondays*
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
*Group starts on Monday, October 22, 2018.
The Renfrew Center of Chicago also offers the following groups:
The Eating Disorders Group is for adolescent girls and women of all ages who have struggled with disordered eating. Led by an experienced therapist, the group actively engages participants with each other to explore and understand the emotional and relational functions of their disordered eating and develop strategies to connect to emotions, improve communication and achieve recovery-focused goals.
*Ideal for those seeking extra support during their recovery. Group members are required to be followed by an outpatient therapist in order to participate.
Date: Meets on Monday and Thursday evenings
Time: 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Chicago
The Support Persons Community Group provides additional support during the treatment process to anyone viewed as a Support Person - siblings, parents, spouses, friends, partners, significant others, or caretakers. Attendees receive guidance from clinical staff and each other, while learning how to effectively communicate with their loved one and help them move forward in their recovery.
Date: Meets on Tuesday evenings
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Chicago
For more information or to schedule an assessment, please contact 1-800-RENFREW.