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Renfrew Has Pride: SAGE Support Group

Renfrew Has Pride: SAGE Support Group

Thursday, June 22, 2023 • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (ET)

Free | Live Interactive Event

Facilitated by: Karly Perkins, LCMHC-A, LCAS

Held Online via Zoom

The Renfrew Center’s Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE) support group aims to provide a safe, nurturing, and empowering space for individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community to move through eating disorder recovery. In recognition and honor of Pride month, join us for this live virtual support group for LGBTQIA+ alumni and community members. This group is a safe and confidential space to talk about body image and eating disorders when they intersect with gender identity, sexual orientation and feelings of marginalization.

#RenfrewHasPride: Pride is the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual individuals as a social group. Eating disorders are known to disproportionately impact the LGBTQIA+ community, due to unique body image  and identify concerns, social conformity pressures and body dysmorphia that is known to effect its members. This June, we are proud to announce our Renfrew Has Pride campaign that is dedicated to advocating for, empowering and treating our LGBTQIA+ community and alum. Please join us every Thursday in June to recognize and celebrate Pride month in a variety of free community or professional events dedicated exclusively to our LGBTQIA+ community members or their treating professionals.

Karly Perkins, LCMHC-A, LCAS

Karly is the Team Leader for The Renfrew Center of Charlotte, NC. In her role, she facilitates individual, family, and group therapy as well as the college programing and SAGE groups. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and served on both executive boards of the Psi Chi Honors Society in her undergraduate career and the Chi Sigma Iota, Mu Tau Beta chapter in her graduate career. Karly has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with various eating disorder presentations (restriction, bingeing, purging, over-exercising, ARFID, orthorexia, etc.), body image concerns, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma, and substance use concerns. With additional training and experience in serving individuals with substance use and addiction concerns, Karly strives to bring in additional knowledge related to neuroscience education, the impact of different family systems, and additional skills to help process different forms of relapses.

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