Judy Scheel

Judy Scheel, Westchester, NY eating Disorder SpeacialistJudy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, is the Founder and Executive Director of CEDAR Associates, a private outpatient program in Westchester County,NY specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and other self-harming behaviors and the problems that often accompany them including: depression, anxiety, relational issues, sexual and physical trauma and body image issues. Since 1993, CEDAR Associates has utilized contemporary and integrative treatment approaches offering individual, group and family psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, CBT & DBT and medical and psychiatric referral. She is the President of CEDAR Associates Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, education and research of eating disorders.

Dr. Scheel has been treating eating disorders for more than 20 years and over this time has formulated and strengthened her beliefs that mutual respect, empathy and trust are second to none in the maintenance of healthy relationships and are the cornerstone to relational repair and recovery from an eating disorder. She maintains an international and national blog on eating disorder for the magazine, Psychology Today, and has written for national and local journals and publications including Addiction Professional Magazine.

Dr. Scheel’s book, When Food is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders, was published by Idyll Arbor, Inc. in 2011. When Food is Family 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. She explores the metaphoric voice and relational purposes the eating disorder serves in the family. Patients and families also learn through exercises provided throughout the book how to deal with issues and obstacles that emerge around food and other eating disorder symptoms.

She is currently working on a documentary film for the general public on eating disorders with her partner, a nationally known cinematographer. Dr. Scheel has co-produced a nationally distributed educational video with teaching manual for students in grades 8-12 on eating disorders and prevention, which was awarded Honorable Mention by Columbus International Film and Video Festival. She has been a lecturer at Purchase College, SUNY and a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences. She is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and the Eating Disorders Coalition, Inc., a public policy organization in Washington, DC and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP.) CEDAR Associates is currently conducting research on the effect of the therapeutic relationship in eating disorder recovery.

Dr. Scheel has a daughter and son, a shelter dog and lives in NYC where she maintains a private practice in addition to her role as Executive Direction of Cedar Associates in Westchester. . She is an avid international traveler and loves to run in the rain, ride her motorcycle and ride her bicycle around NYC.

Reviews and Other Publications

Gurze Books: October 2011
BlissTree.com: December 6, 2011
DietsInReview.com: January 20, 2012
DanceSpirit.com: February 2012
Huffington Post: March 8, 2012
Library Journal Review: October 2011
Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment & Prevention” (March 2012)
Goodreads.com: April 2011

Nature may stack the deck, but nurture plays the hand.
When Food is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders is a new book by eating-disorder expert, Judy Scheel, Ph.D, LCSW, exploring how childhood relationships and experiences can play a role in contributing to the development of eating disorders. As the first book of its kind to look at how and why eating disorders occur in families—and how treating them is often a family affair—it offers a step-by-step approach to understanding and healing impaired relationships that have contributed or serve to maintain an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are complex. Research has shown that biology can play a role in their development, particularly a family history or predisposition to anxiety and depression. However, most professionals agree that there is no one cause. Rather eating disorders develop out of a complex combination of biological, psychological, relational, social and cultural issues unique to each individual who struggles with one. Often times, families of those suffering with eating disorders are determined to “find the cure” rather than spend time looking into the cause. When Food is Family delves into both. It teaches readers how to experience and convey trust, empathy and respect toward each other—and especially toward the person with the eating disorder. When Food is Family gives a step-by-step approach to understanding what attachment means, why connection to each other is important, how relationship breakdowns can contribute to an eating disorder and how to go about repairing these relationships so that the eating disorder is replaced by healthy relationships within the family.

When Food is Family details how early childhood relationships play a role in the development or maintenance of an eating disorder. It’s 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 and how healthy attachments build and support recovery. When Food is Family guides the reader toward rebuilding healthy attachments— an essential ingredient to a positive treatment outcome, according to Dr. Scheel. “Helping family members accept responsibility for their role in the eating disorder without blame, shame or accusation, and helping them establish authentic communication is a primary focus of the book.”
Published by Idyll Arbor, and currently for sale on Amazon.com, When Food
is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders is for families, individuals with eating disorders, health-care practitioners, therapists and others who seek to understand the relational underpinnings of eating disorders and how to treat them.
When Food is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders
Author: Judy Scheel, PhD, LCSW / www.whenfoodisfamily.com
Category: SELF-HELP/Eating Disorders; FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS/Parenting ISBN: 9781-882883882 / $18.00

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