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Progress Not Perfection: Finding Self-Compassion in Recovery

Progress Not Perfection: Finding Self-Compassion in Recovery

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Free | Interactive Webinar
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Presented by: Jenna Patterson, MS - Primary Therapist & Alumni Representative, The Renfrew Center of Boston

Held Online

Perfectionism often serves as the false promise and harmful belief that if we are perfect, then maybe we won’t have to feel shame and pain. However, this false promise fails to recognize the reality that perfection does not exist, and shame and pain are natural parts of life. This webinar will explore perfectionism and shame, as well as the often-non-linear path of recovery. Specifically, this presentation will focus on how perfectionism shows up in eating disorders and recovery, how it serves to reinforce and create more shame and pain, and how we can learn to accept and honor ourselves through gentle, loving self-compassion.

About the Presenter

Jenna Patterson, MS, is a primary therapist and alumni representative at The Renfrew Center of Boston. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University and her graduate degree in counseling psychology at Northeastern University. Before completing her graduate degree, Jenna worked at Columbia University Medical Center as a research assistant on a study exploring the neurological underpinnings of OCD in adolescents. Through this work, Jenna discovered her passion clinical work and completed her graduate training at the Counseling and Wellness Center at Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as North Suffolk’s Greenway group home for adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Jenna is deeply interested in the intersection of various mental health conditions including eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, and substance use. At The Renfrew Center of Boston, she leads the substance use track group.

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