Eating Disorder Treatment in Charlotte, NC
Dr. Scheel is highly regarded as an expert in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Compulsive/Binge Eating Disorder, and their related disorders like sexual trauma and abuse, body dysmorphia, cutting, and Orthorexia. She received the credential of CEDS (Certified Eating Disorder Specialist).
There are many factors that contribute to the development of an eating disorder. An in-depth understanding of biology, psychology, and interpersonal theories in eating disorders is necessary when choosing the right path for each patient individually. Helping patients and families create a relational infrastructure and repair in damaged relationships is a strong component in recovery.
The professional community has finally come back to seeing eating disorders as multi-layered and multi-caused. This can be a perfect storm for those with biological predispositions (e.g. anxiety & depression roots), temperamental influences (e.g. a tendency toward perfectionism), and other psychological issues. The storm can be further exacerbated by familial issues, the environment, society, and the media.
Dr. Scheel authored the book When Food is Family, (2011. Idyll Arbor, Inc.) which covers the many causes of eating disorders and recovery for families and patients.
Dr. Scheel’s book has contributed to the way that professionals look at eating disorders, as well as strategies for a successful recovery.
About Dr. Scheel’s Book
When Food is Family details how familial issues and the family’s relationships with each other can play a role, sometimes a significant one, in the development of an eating disorder. Nature may stack the deck, but nurture plays the hand. This book is based on the framework of Attachment Theory – that emotional support, understanding, empathy, and acceptance during a child’s development are the foundation of self-esteem and self-worth throughout life. Without healthy attachments, self-esteem is diminished and the capacity for empathy toward self and others is impaired. When this happens, a relationship with food becomes a replacement for the healthy relationships a child craves – it provides a false sense of self-esteem and is a way to measure one’s worth that may seem simpler than the complex world of human interaction.
Eating Disorders are a family affair. When Food is Family allows family members to explore and rebuild relationships with each other that were damaged before the eating disorder evolved and continue to be impacted by its existence. The book teaches families, through expository text, experiential reflections, and step-by-step exercises, how to develop an “emotional language.” It explains that trust, empathy, and respect are the core methods by which we communicate our love for one another, and teaches readers how to experience and convey these concepts toward each other – especially toward the person with the eating disorder. When Food is Family helps build a relational infrastructure within the family that is critical for dismantling the eating disorder, and it shows how to maintain healthy bonds in the family and in relationships yet to come. The book provides family members with a step-by-step approach to understand what attachment means, why a connection to each other is important, how relationship breakdowns can lead to an eating disorder, how food becomes the relationship of choice, and how to go about repairing these relationships so that food, and the eating disorder, are replaced by healthy relationships within the family.
Dr. Scheel has over 20 years of experience treating eating disorders and their related disorders. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be exhibiting signs of an eating disorder, call (914) 602-2557 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scheel either in person or via telehealth!