Helping Adolescents and Young Adults Who Suffer from Anxiety and Mood 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 is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten 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 Dr. Le Grange 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 several 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 including family based treatment for adolescents and young adults as well as assessment and pre/post operative guidance for bariatric surgery patients. She is a faculty member and Managing Director of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.
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.
Dr. Andrea Seefeldt, PsyD
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.
Catherine Byrne, MA
Clinical Intake Coordinator
Catherine Byrne, MA, is the clinical intake coordinator for the Chicago Center for Evidence Based Treatment. Catherine is a 5th year clinical psychology doctoral candidate at George Mason University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Marquette University, where her interest in the treatment of eating disorders began. Prior to the start of graduate school, Catherine worked as a clinic and research coordinator at the University of Chicago Eating and Weight Disorders Program. Catherine has continued her work in the research and treatment of eating disorders in graduate school, and will receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2020.