Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS

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 enable 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.

Dr. Scheel also provides Sex Therapy and is a member of SSTAR (Society for Sex Therapy & Research,) and completed NYU Medical School Langone's Training Program in Sex and Human Sexuality.   Treatment of sex and sexuality issues require utilizing insight oriented and relational psychotherapy and addressing symptoms, when occurring, with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment.  

 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.

While maintaining two blogs on Psychology Today in eating disorders and sex,  Dr. Scheel has also written for national and local journals and publications including Addiction Professional Magazine.   She is a regular regional and national conference presenter. 

Currently, Dr. Scheel is attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice NYC's Post-Graduate Certification in Forensic Psychology.  

Dr. Scheel is a member of:

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)

American Association of Sex Counselors, Educators and Therapists (AASECT) International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

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When Food Is Family

WFF looks at how relationships play a role EDs. Known as Attachment Theory, emotional support, empathy and acceptance a child receives enables self-worth throughout life. Without healthy attachments, self-esteem is diminished; food is a replacement for relationships an individual craves. Causes of EDs are complex and are unique as is the individual who develops one. Understanding psychological & relational aspects is important in choosing treatment and in establishing an infrastructure for long-term recovery.  

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Sex Is a Language

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