Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at The Refuge, A Healing Place to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at The Refuge, A Healing Place.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

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Melissa Mitchell, MSW


Melissa Mitchell holds a Masters of Social Work with a clinical concentration from University of Pennsylvania. She began her studies in social work at Florida State University, where she received a Bachelors in Social Work, with honors. While at University of Pennsylvania, Melissa engaged in a full year clinical practicum with The Light Program, working with the Intensive Outpatient program for young adults. She also worked as a research assistant, supporting Katherine Wenocur in her dissertation research on exploring the attachment and developmental implications of involving therapy dogs in clinical work.

Since completing her master’s degree, Melissa has worked primarily with Eating Disorder clients, as both an Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization therapist with Seeds of Hope in Philadelphia, PA. She strives to foster a shame-free therapeutic space, that is LGBTQIA+ affirming, and trauma-informed. She is dedicated to promoting a Health at Every Size mindset, in an All Foods Fit context, encouraging an environment for clients to begin radically challenging diet culture and weight bias.

With a focus in mindfulness-based therapy, Melissa strives to provide a safe and accepting environment for clients to engage in the eating disorder recovery process. Melissa hopes to help her clients foster self-compassion and develop coping skills that build a sense of confidence and resilience. In this process, Melissa brings a great deal of empathy to both the clients and their support systems, in an effort to promote healing in all aspects of the client’s life.


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