The Renfrew Center of Nashville
In a safe and healing community, The Renfrew Center of Nashville 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.
The Renfrew Center of Nashville is located just off of I-65 in the Cool Springs area.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Renfrew Center of Nashville 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 in Philadelphia, PA and Coconut Creek, FL.
For more information and current updates, please click here or call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).
Meet Our Clinical Leaders:
Laurie Cooper, PsyD, CEDS-S, is Regional Assistant Vice President at The Renfrew Center. Dr. Cooper oversees the clinical and administrative operations of the Baltimore and Bethesda, MD; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA locations. She received her Doctorate of Psychology from Baylor University and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. An Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Cooper has maintained a life-long commitment to prevention, advocacy and treatment for those suffering with eating disorders; as well as education, training and supervision for new professionals. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and active in the Academy of Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Association, RenewED Eating Disorder Support and the National Academy of Professional Women. Dr. Cooper is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Ethical Considerations and Best Practices in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Christian Based Treatment of Eating Disorders and Helping Mothers and Daughters be Authentic and Resilient in Today’s Culture.
Chelsea Woodard, LPC-MHSP, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Nashville. Joining Renfrew in 2016, she started as an Intern and later held the positions of Primary Therapist and Clinical Program Manager. Ms. Woodard received her Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Lipscomb University. Her clinical areas of expertise include working with the LGBTQ+ community, issues of faith and spirituality, and trauma. A frequent speaker on these topics, Ms. Woodard is an avid promoter of the body acceptance movement and enjoys helping individuals of all ages heal their relationship with their bodies. She is an active supporter of the American Counseling Association, the National Eating Disorder Association and RenewED.
Becky Mehr, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, LDN, is Director of Outpatient Nutrition for The Renfrew Centers and serves as the Registered Dietitian at The Renfrew Center of Nashville. Ms. Mehr received her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Lipscomb University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Memphis. Her presentations locally and nationally focus on the topics of exposure therapy, diabetes and eating disorders. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) and the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Virtual Alumni Winter Event
Renfrew's Ultimate Holiday Guide:
Maintaining Relationships & Connection in Recovery
The approaching holiday season may look different for many of us this year as we continue to adjust to a predominantly virtual world and decreased social interaction. Missing out on annual celebrations can elicit desolation and isolation for some, resulting in a negative impact for those who thrive on relational support throughout recovery. For others, feelings of relief or even guilt may arise as they are not required to participate in traditional gatherings focused around food and in-person engagement.
How do we get back to the joyous, warm feelings often surrounding this time of year? And, how can we protect our emotional well-being while being distanced from family and friends? This workshop will explore these important questions and offer concrete tips to maintain relationships over the holidays, with a strong emphasis on virtual connection.
• Learn skills to tolerate the range of emotions that may emerge over the holidays.
• Discuss ways to advocate for themselves and their recovery.
• Use experiential therapy to explore the relationship between holidays and emotions.
• Develop a plan for staying recovery-focused through the holiday season.
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (CST)
Held Online via Zoom: A link will be emailed out prior to the event
The Renfrew Center of Nashville offers the following groups:
This group is for adolescent girls and women struggling to overcome 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 explore eating disorder triggers as well as issues concerning body image, relationships, work and school. One weekly group per month will focus on nutrition.
This group is for patients that do not require a higher level of care such as Day Treatment or IOP.
Date: Meets weekly on Mondays
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Nashville
Emotional Eating Group
This group provides a safe and supportive environment in which women can explore the emotional, behavioral and interpersonal factors influencing their eating behaviors as well as their feelings, thoughts and beliefs about their bodies. While focusing on the underlying issues of emotional and binge eating, participants gain the skills and confidence to tolerate a range of internal emotional experiences without resorting to the use of eating disorder symptoms. This group also addresses issues related to family, work, relationships, and phase of life struggles so that individuals can explore lifestyle changes that promote recovery.
Date: Meets weekly on Mondays
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Nashville
Cost: $60 (may be covered by insurance depending upon the plan benefits)
Virtual Therapy Group
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 Tennessee.
Date: Meets weekly on Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
For more information or to schedule an assessment, please contact 1-800-RENFREW.