Our therapists deliver evidence-based treatments to adolescents and young adults suffering from anxiety and mood disorders. Our approach is largely behavioral and our treatments include: Family-Based Treatment (FBT/Maudsley Method), Adolescent-Focused Therapy (AFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E) as well as the use of CBT, including exposure therapy for OCD. Our clinicians also provide support before and after bariatric surgery.
We look forward to speaking to you to set up a consultation with one of our therapists.
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. Sara is currently a therapist at the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program. 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, as well as assessment and pre/post operative guidance for bariatric surgery patients.
Dr. Andrea Seefeldt, PsyD
Dr. Andrea Seefeldt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois (License #071009178). She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She 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, with focused training on providing eating disorder treatment to university students. Dr. Seefeldt’s 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. Her clinical interests include eating and body image concerns, identity development, and relationship issues. In addition to providing therapy at CCEBT, Dr. Seefeldt is a Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator at Roosevelt University Counseling Center and enjoys reaching the student body at large through wellness programming, providing therapy to students, and facilitating psychotherapy supervision to doctoral level trainees.
Catherine Byrne, MA, is the clinical intake coordinator for the Chicago Center for Evidence Based Treatment. Catherine is a 4th 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.
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.