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.

The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®

Renfrew’s cutting edge treatment for eating disorders integrates its relational approach with an evidence-based transdiagnostic model

The Renfrew Center, internationally renowned leader and pioneer in the field of eating disorders since its founding in 1985, has integrated a new, evidence-based transdiagnostic model into its relational approach.  The empirically-supported approach known as The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® has been implemented at Renfrew’s 19 locations nationwide to address the needs of a complex medical and psychiatric patient population.

The Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® addresses both the eating disorder and co-morbid symptoms by explicitly targeting the core, maintaining factors of emotional dysregulation, intolerance and experiential avoidance. Through the use of therapeutic exposure exercises and a set of coordinated group, individual and family modalities, patients gain the skills and confidence to tolerate a range of internal emotional experiences without resorting to the use of eating disorder symptoms.  

Components of the Unified Treatment Model For Eating Disorders® include:

  • Motivation Enhancement and Psychoeducation
  • Mindful Awareness of Emotion
  • Cognitive Appraisal-Reappraisal Skills
  • Emotion Exposures
    • Interoceptive (tolerance of physical sensation)
    • Nutrition/Food
    • Body Image
  • Social/Interpersonal   

Through The Renfrew Center’s Training Department, all clinical staff received intensive training in this empirically based treatment model over the past two and a half years. The Unified Treatment Model For Eating Disorders® has been fully implemented at all Renfrew locations, across all levels of care. Research indicates that effective implementation of evidence based treatment requires a commitment to training best practices. These practices are shown to maximize retention of learning, clinician competence and adherence to an evidence-based treatment as well as positive patient outcomes. The Renfrew Center has partnered with leading experts in the field of eating disorder research, training and implementation science at Drexel University, Boston University, and SUNY at Albany to assess the efficacy of the treatment model and ensure that training and implementation best practice standards are met.  

“Renfrew’s treatment philosophy emphasizes a respect for the unique psychology of women, the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and the belief that every woman needs to actively participate in her own recovery. The Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® incorporates cutting edge, evidence-based treatment while also emphasizing that the relational quality of the therapeutic environment is as important as the treatment itself,” said Dr. Gayle Brooks, The Renfrew Center’s Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. “Within a collaborative, empowering, supportive environment patients learn skills and find the courage to approach rather than avoid uncomfortable emotions and feared situations thereby reducing the emotional barriers to healthier eating and body acceptance.“

Drs. Gayle Brooks and Susan Ice, internationally recognized experts in the eating disorder field, oversee the clinical operations of Renfrew’s 19 locations. The Renfrew Center has treated more than 85,000 women with eating disorders and other behavioral health issues and trained more than 40,000 professionals. It has facilities throughout the United States in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, and works directly with most major insurance companies.

For additional information about The Renfrew Center’s programs and services, please call 1-800-RENFREW.