SpringSource Psychological Center was founded by two Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologists as a collaborative practice to help individuals heal from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship concerns, and life stressors such as pregnancy and infertility.
After years of working with clients, teaching, delving into primary research, and publishing and presenting alongside each other, we developed a deep friendship and shared vision for helping individuals heal in an innovative, intuitive psychological environment.
We came together in 2020 to found SpringSource Psychological Center, a warm, welcoming practice where we work with individuals seeking to improve their emotional, behavioral and mental health.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Susan McClanahan is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois. She is the founder and innovator of a major Illinois treatment center, serving patients with eating, mood and anxiety disorders. She is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and a faculty member at Rush University Medical School. She has been teaching and educating students and professionals for more than 20 years.
Dr. McClanahan received her B.A. in psychology from Duke University, her M.A. in developmental psychology for Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an accredited Certified Eating Disorders Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
A national advocate for mental health parity and reducing stigma for mental health treatment, Dr. McClanahan is passionate about individual therapy and creates a supportive, nurturing environment for her patients.
Dr. Angela Derrick is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois and has been practicing for nearly 15 years. An active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, she holds academic appointments at both Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush University Medical School. Dr. Derrick is currently engaged in training and supervision and previously provided consultation to a large behavioral health treatment center.
Dr. Derrick received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has also served as co-chair and member on several committees through the Academy for Eating Disorders. In addition to private practice, she has many years of experience working in various leadership roles at higher levels of care.
Dr. Derrick has frequently written and presented on eating and mood disorders in both professional and community forums. She has extensive training in the practice of mindfulness and holds a yoga teaching certification, believing that the mind-body connection provides an essential foundation for self-regulation and self-knowledge.
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Dr. Hannah Clark, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. Before joining SpringSource, Hannah completed her internship in clinical psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Hannah has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups with a range of presenting concerns. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and traumatic stress by integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. Hannah is passionate about helping clients build rich, meaningful lives through acceptance, awareness, and self-compassion.
Hannah is also an active researcher and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on the effects of traumatic experiences during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. She is especially interested in understanding how therapeutic interventions can promote resilience after trauma. Hannah regularly presents her work at national and international conferences, and has been recognized for her excellence in research and scholarship in the field of traumatic stress.
Renee D. Rienecke, Ph.D., FAED, is Director of Research for Eating Recovery Center/Insight Behavioral Health Centers and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University After earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rienecke received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago where she was on faculty in the Eating Disorders Program for ten years.
Dr. Rienecke has extensive experience building treatment programs, including the University of Michigan Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program and the Medical University of South Carolina Eating Disorders Program.
Dr. Rienecke is a Fellow in the Academy for Eating Disorders and a faculty member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She previously provided consultation to therapists interested in becoming certified to conduct family-based therapy (FBT) for adolescent eating disorders.
Dr. Rienecke serves as a clinical consultant for SpringSource Psychological Center.
Meg Busky, LDN is a dietetic nutritionist licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. focused in Dietetics and earned her M.S. from The University of Alabama-Birmingham. Meg completed her dietetic internship at UAB with a specialization in adult obesity management and chronic disease prevention and she worked as a graduate research assistant on several large research grants. Meg also worked at the prestigious Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Massachusetts where she developed a passion for working with individuals who struggle with disordered eating. She believes that there is no “one size fits all” in providing dietetic services and she is thoughtful about providing care individualized to meet the needs of each client.
Brad J Novak, LPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana. Brad specializes in individual and group therapy for depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders (binge eating disorder, bulimia, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, night eating syndrome), with adults, adolescents and families. Brad is trained in a wide variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Written Exposure Trauma Protocol, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, Adlerian, and Existentialism.
Previously, Brad has worked in higher-levels-of-care for mood and eating disorders at a large behavioral health treatment center. Additionally, he was an educator for Chicago Public School for many years as well as a department chairperson, the Lead High School Counseling Specialist for all of Chicago Public Schools and the counseling department chairperson for the third largest high school in Chicago.
Brad tailors his versatile approach to suit each patient’s individual needs, and he leverages his knowledge of mindfulness to help patients “retrain their brain” to establish new and more adaptive behaviors.
Fernanda de Alba, LPC is a Clinical Professional Counselor in both Mexico City and Illinois. She graduated from international Universidad Iberoamericana and bases her practice in integrative counseling. Fernanda specializes in individual therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma-related symptoms, and eating disorders with adults, adolescents and families. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Solution Focused Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Integrative Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Systemic Therapy.
Fernanda’s experience includes working with a large, community-based organization helping women with empowerment, teenage education, eating disorders, and emotional and social skill training. She has many years of experience working in various leadership roles, teaching at the collegiate level and working with companies and organizations. Fernanda bases her practice on principles of helping the client build a healthier, more peaceful version of themselves through understanding and emotional expression while balancing a rational perspective.
Fernanda is an advocate for all people’s rights, mental health awareness, inclusion and feminism. She adapts these principles to create a therapeutic space of empathy and self-growth and development.
Jackie Ross, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Jackie is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is investigating the role of the menstrual cycle and ovarian hormone fluctuations in interpersonal distress, emotion dysregulation, and suicidality.
Jackie uses cognitive behavioral therapies in both individual and group contexts to treat mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder/emotion dysregulation, eating disorders, couples conflict and sexual dysfunction. Jackie applies techniques from the following therapies: cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, integrative behavioral couples therapy, and sensate focus therapy. Jackie is deeply committed to working collaboratively with clients in service of strengthening their abilities to regulate difficult emotions, engage effectively in their close relationships, and move towards more joyful and meaningful lives.
Kirstin Schafer, Ph.D. received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University and trained in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment centers, partial hospitalizations programs and college counseling centers. She has significant experience treating mood, eating and anxiety disorders and utilizes cutting edge, state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments to help her patients recover.
Dr. Schafer treats a diverse population and her areas of focus include major depression, trauma and stress disorders, family problems, self-esteem issues, body-image disturbance, gender and sexuality exploration, and LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy. Dr. Schafer uses an integrative approach which includes psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, Radically Open DBT therapy and attachment-based theories. She focuses on the whole person and her stance is non-judgmental and supportive. Dr. Schafer believes that connection and community are healing and will work in creating a space in which you feel heard and understood.
Both of us find literature and poetry to be a source of inspiration and hope. Experiencing this stream of creativity has enhanced our lives personally and professionally. For the name of our psychological center, we turned to one of our favorites, the 13th-century Persian scholar and poet Rumi. This stanza from his poem “Spring” offers an enduring message of hope and renewal that inspires our daily work with clients:
“Again, the season of spring has come and a spring-source rises under everything, a moon sliding from the shadows.”