The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Renfrew Chicago Eating Disorder Treatment Center

The Renfrew Center of Chicago

Renfrew Chicago Eating Disorder Treatment Center
5 Revere Drive
Suite 100
Northbrook, IL 60062
1-800-RENFREW (736-3739)


Day Treatment
Intensive Outpatient
Outpatient Services
Virtual Therapy

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.


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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-S, is the Regional Assistant Vice President. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, TBHI Certified Telebehavioral Health Practitioner and a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). Ms. Russo 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.

Elizabeth Black, LCPC, is Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration — International Business, with a minor in Psychology, from Saint Louis University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Joining Renfrew in 2016 as a Primary Therapist and then as Team Leader, Ms. Black provides individual, family and group therapy; meal support; as well as supervise therapists and interns in her current role.


Free 2 CE Event for Professionals

Focusing on Emotions: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Complex Eating Disorders

Presented by: Gayle Brooks, PhD, CEDS-S, Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
& Melanie Smith, LMHC, CEDS, Director of Training, The Renfrew Center

This 2 CE presentation examines the psychological complexity of eating disorders and explores the benefits of a cutting edge, evidence-based trans-diagnostic treatment which focuses on emotional awareness and exposure. There is now growing evidence that emotional avoidance is a maintaining factor for eating disorders as well as co-morbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma response. Treatment which specifically focuses on targeting emotional avoidance, while developing emotional awareness, tolerance and acceptance, can provide an integrated, unified approach to resolve the myriad of symptoms which are often associated with the complex eating disorder client. 

This workshop will apply concepts from David Barlow’s Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders to the treatment of complex eating disorder patients. Lecture, small group activities and experiential exposure demonstrations will be utilized.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 
Registration8:00 am - 8:15 am
Seminar: 8:15 am - 10:15 am
Location: The Renfrew Center of Chicago

Offering 2 CE credits • A light breakfast will be provided

Click here to register!

For questions, please contact Katie Huber at 847-989-3673 or
Space is limited.

Free Yoga Class for Renfrew Alumni & Community Members

Class led by: Kelsey Stoll, 500-hr ERTY Vinyasa Instructor & Manager, Forever Om Yoga,
Vernon Hills 
& Mindful Movement Group Therapy Leader, The Renfrew Center of Chicago

Renfrew alumni and the community are invited to join us for a FREE yoga class. Quiet your mind and connect with your body as we celebrate National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This 45-minute restorative style class will be followed by a 15-minute guided meditation.

  • All levels are welcome
  • Bring your yoga mat (limited mats are available at the studio, contact Katie Huber to reserve yours if needed)
  • Light refreshments will be served following the class

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Forever Om Yoga - Vernon Hills
281 West Townline Road, Suite 210 • Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Click here to register!

For questions, please contact Katie Huber at 847-989-3673 or
Space is limited.


The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer a new, Virtual Therapy Group for adolescent girls and women in Illinois who struggle with disordered eating or who are working towards recovery from an eating disorder. 

This online, virtual therapy group offers structured care in a web-based environment. Participants actively engage 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 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 computer or tablet with a camera and screen.

Participants must be located in Illinois.

For more information about the Virtual Therapy Group or to schedule a virtual assessment, please call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).

Date: Meets weekly on Wednesdays
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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: 6:45 pm - 7:45 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
: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
: The Renfrew Center of Chicago

For more information or to schedule an assessment, please contact 1-800-RENFREW.