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The Renfrew Center of Florida specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and related mental illnesses. Programming consists of a comprehensive range of services including residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, and group therapy.
Meet Our Clinical Team:
Gayle Brooks, PhD, is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center. Dr. Brooks leads the Renfrew Clinical Excellence Board and the Clinical Training Department. She has clinical and administrative oversight responsibility for Renfrew’s residential facility in Florida and for the non-residential sites in CA, FL, GA, IL, NC, and TN. For the past 30 years, she has treated patients from diverse backgrounds who suffer from eating disorders. Dr. Brooks served as the eating disorders specialist in the HBO film Thin, has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in the following publications: The New York Times, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and Perspectives, The Renfrew Center Foundation’s journal for professionals. A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, Dr. Brooks speaks on topics such as the treatment of the complex patient, eating disorders and cultural diversity, the interplay between eating disorders and trauma, and eating disorders in mid-life women. Dr. Brooks is a member of the iaedp Board of Directors and former Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Special Interest Group.
Heather P. Maio, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who serves as Assistant Vice President of Clinical and Admission Services for The Renfrew Centers and Clinical Director of The Renfrew Center of Florida. Dr. Maio received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester State Hospital, and her Post-Doctoral Residency at The Renfrew Center of Florida (specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and their co-morbid pathologies). Dr. Maio has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her special interests include the treatment of eating disorders, substance use, relationship issues, women’s issues, and Motivational Interviewing. Dr. Maio maintains a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, and presents trainings and webcasts frequently on eating disorders and related topics including the need for eating disorder awareness and advocacy for access to treatment.
The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer a new, Virtual Therapy Group for adolescent girls and women in Florida who struggle with disordered eating or who are working towards recovery from an eating disorder.
This weekly therapy group is facilitated by Tiffany DeVecchis, MEd, Regional Admissions Team Lead for The Renfrew Center, and offers structured care in a web-based environment.
The online, virtual therapy group actively engages participants with each other to explore the emotions and relational functions of their disordered eating. Individuals also develop strategies to improve their communication skills and achieve recovery focused goals. Group curriculum is informed by the empirically based Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®.
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 Florida and be followed by an outpatient therapist.
Date: Meets weekly on Tuesday evenings
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
For more information about the Virtual Therapy Group or to schedule a virtual assessment, please call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).
Time: 10:25 am - 12:05 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Florida
Who: Open to Alums of The Renfrew Center
Cost: $20 per session
This group is attended by current, former and prospective patients, as well as their friends, partners and family members. The facilitator is an experienced therapist who emphasizes the healing power of families and other key relationships in the process of their loved one’s recovery. The open discussion focuses on the influence of family communication styles and roles in eating disorder treatment.
For more information or to schedule an assessment, please contact 1-800-RENFREW.