The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City
In a safe and healing community, The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City provides the skills to support recovery from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating as well as the full range of eating disorders. Programming consists of a comprehensive range of services including day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City has shifted all Day and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) to a virtual platform until further notice. All of our clinical leaders have been trained in using this platform, and therapist guides and patient handbooks have been rolled out. Additionally, to support prospective patients seeking treatment during this time of uncertainty, we are still offering assessments and taking admissions at our Residential level of care nearby at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Spring Lane.
For more information and current updates, please click here or call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).
"Treatment isn’t linear, everyone’s recovery is different. This is not a competition or a race, go at your own pace. One day at a time."
DeAnna Boggs • Alumna, The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City
Meet Our Clinical Leaders:
Lori Ciotti, LICSW, CEDS-S, is Vice President of Outpatient Operations at The Renfrew Center, where she has clinical and operational oversight of Renfrew's 17 non-residential sites. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Ciotti received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College. Prior to opening Renfrew’s Massachusetts site in 2014, she was the Corporate Clinical Director for a multi-site mental health facility in the Boston area. Ms. Ciotti is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and events about the risks and treatment of eating disorders, with a focus and expertise in the unique challenges and approaches to care for college-aged clients. She has been a featured guest on radio programs to bring awareness about eating disorder and comorbid mental health issues, as well as highlighted in articles in The Boston Globe, Health magazine, SELF magazine, and Today.com. She is a member of NASW, as well as a member and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Kristin Szostak, MA, LPC, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Center City. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University. Ms. Szostak has extensive experience in leadership, administration and direct care, serving those in recovery from substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health disorders and individuals in the criminal justice system. She has also worked in a multitude of community agencies where she provided personalized and complete care. Ms. Szostak strives earnestly to develop and foster connections as she walks with individuals along their journey to recovery and a full return to living.
The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia – Center City is NOW OPEN! This site is Renfrew’s 4th facility in Pennsylvania and 19th location nationwide.
The feedback we received from consumers and professionals led us to recognize an overwhelming demand for services which made opening a site in Center City the obvious next step. This location allows local patients to easily transition between all levels of care, including Residential treatment at our nearby 58-bed facility.
Support Persons Community Group
Those who are impacted by a loved one with an eating disorder - siblings, parents, spouses, friends, partners, significant others, or caretakers - often need additional support during the treatment process. This group is offered bi-weekly to anyone viewed as a Support Person.
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. Participants also discuss The Renfrew Center Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® and gain an understanding of how it serves as the foundation for their loved one’s treatment.
Date: Meets weekly on Mondays
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Eating Disorders Group for College Students
College life often brings with it complex and difficult paths to navigate for students, particularly for those with an eating disorder. Academics, social situations and new levels of independence are exciting and yet, at times, stressful.
The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia - Center City is now offering a new group specifically for college students to address the challenges that may arise while trying to balance recovery with academics, work, family, friends, and the many other responsibilities of individuals in this stage of life.
Discussion covers the following topics:
Campus Life • Dining On & Off-Campus • Dorm Living • Exercise Culture
Self-Care • Social Culture • Structured Support
Date: Meets weekly on Tuesdays
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual Aftercare Group
This group is for alumni of Renfrew’s higher levels of care and who are working toward recovery from anorexia, bulimia or disordered eating patterns involving binge eating or restricting. Led by a licensed clinician, the group provides a safe atmosphere where group members will explore eating disorder triggers as well as issues concerning body image, relationships, work, and school. Members of the group are required to be followed by an outpatient therapist in order to participate.
This group is for patients who do not require a higher level of care such as Day Treatment or IOP.
Date: Meets weekly on Thursdays
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eating Disorders Group
This group is for individuals 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 weekly on Thursdays
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
For more information about The Renfrew Center’s programs and services, please contact