About Dr. Judy Scheel, PhD, LCSW, CEDS

Healing Eating Disorders by Changing Behavior and Strengthening Relationships

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Treating individuals and families for more than twenty years facing depression, anxiety,  relationship and intimacy issues, Dr. Scheel believes that mutual respect, empathy, and trust are essential in the therapeutic relationship in order for change and growth to occur.  Psychological awareness and understanding what drives one’s emotions and thoughts enables conscious choice, behavioral changes and thoughtful and reflective responses in life, love and work.

Couples are increasingly stressed by work and the impact of culture and social media.  Loss of communication, intimacy and sexual issues , lack of joy, disappointments and failed expectations, contribute to disengagement and loss of attachment in relationships.   Repairing relationships through insight, mutual empathy and behavioral changes enable couples to move forward in making sound couple decisions and in changing their relational path.

Dr. Scheel is a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders with a CEDS credential (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.)   Helping patients and families create a relational infrastructure and repair damaged relationships is a strong component in recovery.  There are many factors that contribute to the development of an eating disorder, and treating individuals therefore requires understanding of the psychiatric, psychological, and relational underpinnings, as well as addressing symptoms.

 When Food is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders (Idyll Arbor, Inc. 2011) offers the first ever step-by-step program that teaches families and sufferers the skills they need to communicate and re-connect with each other throughout the recovery process. When Food is Family explores the metaphoric voice and the role the eating disorder plays in the family. Patients and families also learn exercises, provided throughout the book, that teach them to deal with issues and obstacles that emerge around food and other eating disorder symptoms.

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While maintaining an international and national blog on eating disorders for the magazine Psychology Today, Dr. Scheel has also written for national and local journals and publications including Addiction Professional Magazine.  

Dr. Scheel is a member of:

  • National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • Eating Disorders Coalition, Inc., a public policy organization in Washington, DC
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

Dr. Scheel’s Brief Academic Resume:

  • College at Purchase – SUNY – Bachelor of Arts
  • Fordham University – NY, NY – Master of Social Work, Clinical Practice
  • New York University – NY, NY – Certificate Adv. Clinical Practice
  • Yeshiva University – NY, NY – Ph.D.
  • NYUPsychoanalytic Institute – NY, NY – Fellowship in Psychoanalysis
  • NYU Langone School of Medicine - (commencing 2017)  -  Training Program in Human Sexuality toward requirements as a Certified Sex Therapist