Caring for Patients with Eating Disorders: A Look

Mental Health America of Spartanburg County and the 2023 Educational Series host for March…”Caring for Patients with Eating Disorders: A Look” presented by Dr. Natalie Fadel.

Overall Purpose

The purpose of this session is to discuss general information regarding eating disorder diagnosis, screening, and treatment, as well as steps to take in making local referrals and helping clients develop an appropriate team to meet their needs.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to…

  1. Identify common eating disorder symptoms and diagnoses.
  2. Discuss ways to screen for eating disorder symptoms when indicated.
  3. Identify specific steps to assist clients in getting the care they need, including referrals for medical, psychological, behavioral, and peer support as needed.

Meet Our Expert Presenter
Natalie Fadel, PsyD.

Natalie Fadel, PsyD is an Associate Professor for Psychiatry and Neuro-Behavioral Sciences at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas campus, and Director of Counseling Services. Dr. Fadel is currently licensed to practice clinical psychology in Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina. She teaches on topics such as addiction, mindfulness, ethics, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, humanism in medicine, personality disorders, and psychotherapy as well as provides counseling services for medical students. She has been delivering psychiatry-related graduate course material for almost 10 years, and after 5 years of service was promoted to Associate Professor. She is active in research in both behavioral medicine and student wellness.

Her clinical training has included individual and group therapy in an underserved, urban Chicago area with women dealing with acute substance use disorders and other co-occurring mental health issues. Dr. Fadel has also been trained academically and in a supervised clinical setting to conduct psychological testing, and has done so both in a community mental health care and private practice setting. She has worked in three different therapeutic day schools in both urban and rural areas of Chicago with children and adolescents dealing with behavioral difficulties and mental illness. As a primary therapist in a therapeutic day school, her job also included family therapy, teacher consultation, group therapy, and case management which allowed her to work with those individuals from underserved communities through a holistic and social work framework.

Her dissertation was inspired by her work as therapist in an addiction recovery setting for marginalized populations and discussed the integration of holistic and 12-step treatment approaches to addiction. Following completion of her post-doctoral fellowship and obtaining her license, she began working as a primary therapist at a private residential treatment center for women with eating disorders, addictions, mood disorders, trauma, and PTSD. She worked as part of multi-disciplinary team that used an integrated, holistic treatment approach including dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, family work, 12-step principles, and medication management to address both symptoms and underlying issues. These clinical experiences inform her current work with medical students and underserved communities in the Spartanburg area. She completed both her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Michigan.

Webinar Recording

Upcoming Events
Educational Series

While our July session will be completely virtual, we are offering hybrid sessions for our 2023 educational series! With our new hybrid model, we are offering event registration through Eventbrite.

  • Thursday, May 11: Postpartum Depression (Register here)
  • Thursday, July 13: Technology Use in Couple Relationships (Register here) *virtual only
  • Thursday, September 14: Holiday Mental Health (Register here)
  • Thursday, November 9: Men’s Mental Health (Register here)

You can find brief descriptions about each event and register ahead of time by clicking “Register here.”

If you would like to attend virtually, the Zoom registration link can be found in the event description. If you would like to attend in-person, select “reserve a spot.” Hybrid sessions will be hosted at EMERGE Family Therapy.

More information about each session is coming soon!

Be Kind To Your Mind

Saturday, April 29, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Mental Health America of Spartanburg County hosts this special event to kick off May as Mental Health Month. Join us for our second annual celebration – that’s free to the public and includes music, art, food, beverage and other vendors. Help us raise awareness and reduce stigma! >> View & Share Invitation

Northside Harvest Park
498 Howard Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303