Helping Adolescents and Young Adults Who Suffer from Eating Disorders, Anxiety and Related Disorders

Our therapists deliver evidence-based treatments to adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders, anxiety, and related disorders. Our approach is largely behavioral and we offer tailored treatment approaches based on a thorough assessment of client’s presenting concerns.

Kristen Anderson, LCSW

Co-Founder & Therapist

Kristen Anderson, MA, LCSW, CEDS-S  is a licensed clinical social worker with over fifteen years experience in the field of eating disorders. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the Honors College at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and moved to Chicago to begin working with Daniel Le Grange, PhD, FAED on treatment studies for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Kristen obtained her Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Kristen has provided FBT in a multitude of clinical treatment trials including Family Based Treatment for Young Adults, Family Based Treatment for Overweight Adolescents and Adaptive Family Based Treatment. She is the former Clinical Director at the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program. Her current research focuses on the use of telemedicine to deliver Family-Based Treatment. Kristen’s primary interests include family based treatment for adolescents and young adults. She is a faculty member and Managing Director of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders where she provides consultation and presents nationally and internationally on the topic of eating disorder treatment. View Kristen’s Curriculum Vitae

Sara Desai, LCSW

Co-Founder & Therapist

Sara Glassford Desai, MA, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience treating children and young adults with eating disorders. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Emory University and her Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Sara has provided FBT to adolescents and their families as well as young adults suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Sara is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Adolescent Focused Therapy for eating disorders. Sara’s primary interests include family based treatment and cognitive behavioral treatment for adolescents and young adults. View Sara’s Resume

Our Therapists

Katharine L. Loeb, PhD

Director of Research and Training

Katharine L. Loeb, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has devoted her three-decade career to the research and treatment of eating, feeding, and weight disorders.  She has also played an integral role in training future scientists and clinicians in this field.  In 2020, Dr. Loeb retired as Professor of Psychology in the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and joined the team at CCEBT. Dr. Loeb received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was the founding Director of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Eating and Weight Disorders Program; at FDU, was Director of both the Eating, Feeding, and Weight Disorders Lab and Clinical Practicum. She has also been a faculty member, trainer, and certified therapist of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders since its inception.  Dr. Loeb has been inducted as a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders and in the Association for Psychological Science, and she is a recipient of the FDU Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship. Dr. Loeb’s research involves improving case identification of and parenting capacities in managing child and adolescent eating disorders, and systems-level strategies, including applied behavioral economics, for pediatric overweight and obesity. View Dr. Loeb’s Curriculum Vitae

Andrea Seefeldt, PsyD

Director of Adult Eating Disorder Services 

Dr. Andrea Seefeldt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois. She works with adolescents and adults who struggle with eating and body image concerns at any stage; whether coming in for an initial eating disorder assessment or a desire to strengthen established recovery. Her approach to therapy is informed by evidence-based treatment and emphasizes a collaborative therapeutic relationship to create a safe, affirmative space for exploration and growth. Dr. Seefeldt completed an APA-accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago Student Counseling Services, both with focused training on providing eating disorder treatment to university students. Formerly the Assistant Director of a university counseling center, she has much experience working with undergraduate and graduate students and a unique understanding of balancing academic demands and university life with mental health treatment needs. Dr. Seefeldt also enjoys working with individuals who wish to explore their identity, address relationship issues, and build tools to cope with mood and anxiety disorders. She is paneled with BCBSIL PPO and University of Chicago student health insurance.

Christine Daemicke, LCSW

Christine Daemicke is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years of years social work experience in the cardiology, long term acute care, and ICU units of both Holy Family Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medicine. In addition, Christine worked as an early intervention provider for the state of IL, providing in home consultation and support to families that have children with disabilities. Christine has worked directly with patients (child, adolescent, and adults) with eating disorders for the past three years. Christine attended Marquette University , where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Justice and Sociology. Christine earned her master’s degree in social work from Dominican University and has been trained in Family Based Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Christine’s primary interests include family based treatment and cognitive behavioral treatment for adolescents and young adults, as well as assessment and pre/post-operative guidance/counseling for bariatric surgery patients.

Laura DuFour, LCSW

Laura DuFour is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience working with children and families. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Laura began her career serving adolescents in the foster care system in New York City. Laura also worked as a social worker and department supervisor at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. She was a early intervention specialists and provided in-home services to children with developmental delays. Laura has been trained in Family Based Treatment. Her primary interests include Family Based Treatment with adolescents and their families.

Melissa Mello, LMFT

Melissa Mello is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has received extensive training in evidence-based treatments. Melissa received her BS in psychology from the University of Washington and her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Melissa completed her training at UC San Diego in an outpatient setting and went on to contribute to clinical research and provide services for eating disorders on multidisciplinary teams. She was also a program therapist for the UCSD Intensive Family Treatment (IFT) program- a week-long intensive program for teens with eating disorders and their families. She has been trained in and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Based Treatment (FBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy( ACT). Her primary interests include working with children, teens, and young adults with anxiety disorders, OCD, and eating disorders.

Emily Grenesko-Stevens, LMFT

Emily Grenesko-Stevens is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a breadth of experience in conducting research and providing treatment for eating disorders. She began her career conducting neuroimaging research in 2003 and received her MA in psychology from San Diego State University in 2008. In 2009, Emily joined the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research to study the neurobiology of eating disorders. During this time, she became interested in treatment of psychological disorders that is demonstrated to be effective based upon research findings. She began her training in family-based treatment of eating disorders and dialectical behavior therapy, working with adolescents and their families. In 2016, Emily graduated from the University of San Diego with a MA in marriage and family therapy. She received further training at The Eating Recovery Center in family-based treatment of eating disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, and emotion focused family therapy. Emily is dedicated to using evidence-based treatments to improve the lives of those struggling with anxiety, mood, and eating disorders.

Lily Friske, MA, LCPC

Lily Friske, MA, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with specialized training working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. During graduate school, Lily worked for two years as a Mental Health Counselor at Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health at Saint Elizabeth Hospital. She completed her internship at The Awakening Center in Chicago treating adults with Eating, Mood, and Trauma Disorders. Lily turned her focus to children and families upon graduation as the School Counselor at The British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park. Lily joined CCEBT in 2020, drawn to its passion for providing clinical excellence and the precision of evidenced based treatment. Lily is trained to provide Family Based Treatment (FBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). .

MeeSoh Bossard, MA, LSW

MeeSoh Bossard is a licensed social worker with specialized training in evidence-based protocols for PTSD and co-morbid disorders. MeeSoh received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She completed an APA-accredited advanced post-masters residency at the Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital with an emphasis in evidence-based protocols for severe mental illnesses. As a member of Rush University Medical Center’s National Center for Excellence in PTSD care, MeeSoh has experience administering protocols such as CPT, STAIR, CBT, ACT, and FOCUS for adults and families. She is interested in the intersection of trauma and co-morbid disorders such as eating disorders within marginalized communities. She has been trained in FBT for eating disorders.

Sky Handy, MA, LCSW

Sky Handy is a licensed clinical social worker with social work experience in multiple intensive care units and medical floors at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Minnesota and her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Sky has been trained in Family Based Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sky was drawn to join CCEBT because of its mission to utilize evidenced based treatment with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Sky’s interests include family based treatment, the intersection of medical conditions and mental health, and working with LGBTQIA+ populations. 

Administrative team

Rodie Zalaznik, LCSW

Program Manager

Eleanor “Rodie” Zalaznik is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years social work experience in the neonatal, pediatric and maternal/child units of several local hospitals (Rush, Loyola, Lurie Children’s and Northwestern). Rodie’s interest in working with adolescents with eating disorders began while counseling such families in the hospital setting. Rodie attended Loras College in Iowa, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and played Division III soccer. Rodie earned her masters degree in social work from Loyola University and was formerly a therapist at the Chicago Center for Evidence Based Treatment providing Family Based Treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Erika Haaland

clinic coordinator

Erika Haaland is a teaching artist, social emotional learning specialist and office administrator with over 10 years of experience. Erika received her undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville and her MFA from the University of California Irvine. Erika began her career as an actor and teaching artist before transitioning into the world of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Since becoming a SEL Specialist and administrator, Erika has worked nation-wide providing support for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Erika was also the founder and National Co-Director of Statera Mentorship, a program that sought to connect women and nonbinary artists through relationship building and community engagement. She owned her own wellness company that travelled to corporate offices in the Chicago area with programming centered around stress management and self-care. Erika is passionate about wellbeing and dedicated to promoting healing and self-awareness practices. 

Maria Weiss

BILLING coordinator

Maria Weiss has spent most of her career in finance and banking.  She spent six years in Investment Banking for JP Morgan Chase, supporting the Midwest Corporate banking team.  She then spent five years in the private sector, selling mortgages.  Maria attended DePaul University where she earned a degree in both Finance and Marketing. 

Natalia Zielinski

research coordinator

Natalia received her Bachelors of Sciences in Molecular- Cellular Neuroscience and Psychology in 2021 from Loyola University Chicago. Natalia was drawn to CCEBT due to her passion of promoting empirically-based treatment options and widening their accessibility to new communities. Over the past four years, Natalia has worked with children and adults in research and clinical settings at Loyola and Northwestern University, and translated for Polish patients in underserved clinics. She received two competitive fellowships funded by Loyola, and through this work led independent research projects and wrote two theses examining how individual differences, such as language proficiency and visual attention, impact the utility of gesture in communication. Natalia is interested in how culturally influenced family interactions affect mental and physical health, and hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology examining these relations. 


Cara Culbert

Student Intern

Cara is a student at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where she is pursuing her A.M. in Social Work via the Clinical Concentration. Cara received her B.A. in Social Work in 2016 from Saint Olaf College. Cara has since worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities in various social service settings and with older adults in a senior living community. In these settings, Cara learned to holistically attend to patients’ social and recreational needs, fostering productive and mutually trusting professional relationships through reflective listening and developing rapport. Another skill honed through working with these populations was that of communicating effectively and collaboratively across disciplines and wider care teams. In these settings, Cara employed a strengths-based approach and enjoyed utilizing mindfulness with her clients. Cara’s developing clinical interests include working with those who experience anxiety, eating disorders, and OCD and how such challenges may impact the family system.