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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Andi Stone, PsyD., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her BA in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and her PsyD from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Stone specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, personality and trauma-related disorders in adults and young adults and has worked for many years in higher levels of care settings. She most recently served as a Clinical Director for Pathlight’s Mood and Anxiety Center in Chicago. Dr. Stone has specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), The DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol (DBT PE), Written Exposure Therapy (WET), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Dr. Stone regularly presents at national conferences on her work with DBT and mindfulness. She is well-known for her compassionate style, sense of humor, and ability to calmly handle difficult moments, making her an excellent leader, supervisor, and clinician.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Prinz, LPC, graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Northeastern Illinois University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Scott specializes in individual and group therapy for depression and anxiety with adults and adolescents and utilizes a trauma informed care perspective. Scott has experience with a variety of therapeutic approaches including Client Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Scott has previously treated mood, anxiety, and eating disorders in various clinical settings including residential treatment centers, partial hospitalizations programs, intensive outpatient programs, and an outpatient therapy practice. He believes that the therapeutic alliance between the therapist and client is the foundation of change and progress. Scott brings warmth and compassion to his professional work and tailors his practice to each client’s unique, personal values.
Alison M. Mayer (Ali) is a master’s level clinician who specializes in working with adults and adolescents with eating disorders and their families. Ali completed her undergraduate training at Michigan State University and received her master’s degree at National Louis University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Ali utilizes evidence-based theories, including ACT, CBT, DBT, EFFT and FBT, in her work with clients with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. She has provided treatment at many levels of care including inpatient, residential, PHP, and IOP. Her most recent role was as a primary therapist at a large behavioral health treatment center.
Ali served as president of The Counseling Association at National Louis University for two years. She was recently appointed to the board of the Heartland Chapter of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.) She believes recovery is possible for anyone at any point in their lives.
Jess Murphy, MEd, NCC, C-DBT, LPC Graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at DePaul University. Jess specializes in the treatment of individuals struggling with eating disorders, body-image, life-transitions, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues for adolescents and adults. Jess is currently pursing specialized training to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and is a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy professional (C-DBT). Her clinical foundation is rooted in liberation and psychodynamic principals while integrating a trauma informed care perspective to help aid those in healing. Jess utilizes evidence-based interventions including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and operates from a Health At Every Size HAES perspective.
Jess has previous experience in the Chicago Public School system as several years’ experience in various clinical settings including inpatient, residential treatment, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). As a clinician Jess believes that information is stored within the body from past experiences and is not always readily accessible to us for various reasons. Through humor, empathy, and compassion Jess fosters a therapeutic space to help you achieve a higher sense of self.
Masha Erofeeva, LCPC is a licensed clinical therapist with several years of experience in the field of mental health. Masha received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Northern Arizona University. She works with individuals, couples, and groups, and is trained in CBT, Gottman Method, ERP, client-centered therapy and other traditional therapies. In addition, she incorporates Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal and Somatic Experiencing Therapies.
Masha has worked in a higher level of care setting with individuals struggling with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. She has engaged in health promotion outreach, including teaching meditation, stress relief and general wellness practices. She believes that seeing the client from a holistic perspective is essential to successful therapy and rapport building. Masha incorporates yoga, meditation and journaling into her work while also taking a multicultural and personalized approach to therapy.
Alice Bigelow, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor’s from the University of Washington. She has experience in working with individuals, families, and groups in various mental health settings, including inpatient, residential, PHP and IOP level of care. She specializes in treating adults struggling with depression, anxiety, life-stressors, trauma, and issues related to gender and sexual orientation. As a queer-identified clinician, Alice has a particular interest in supporting individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community.
Alice utilizes CBT, DBT, ACT, Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Processing Therapy and other evidence-based interventions and tailors the treatment approach to the needs of each client. Alice aims to create an environment of safety where clients can engage in self-exploration with compassion and non-judgment. She brings empathy and humor to the therapeutic space.
Sarah Stein received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Belmont University with a minor in Education. Sarah specializes in the treatment of individuals struggling with eating disorders, body image, life transitions, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and relationship concerns. She is currently pursuing specialized training to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Sarah has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP). Sarah has previously worked in the fields of residential eating disorder treatment, community based mental health, and refugee resettlement. In providing a non-judgmental, collaborative, and open space to process emotions and experiences alike, Sarah strives to foster healing and liberation in her clients.
Sarah Elfman is a licensed social worker in Illinois. She graduated from Florida State University with a master’s degree in social work and has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, families, and groups. Sarah has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, community mental health, and refugee emergency response. Her areas of expertise are working with individuals with eating disorders, body image disturbances, grief, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal conflicts.
Sarah incorporates various modalities of therapy in sessions based on her client’s goals for treatment, including Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sarah is a Registered-200-hour yoga instructor and incorporates mindfulness into therapy sessions when indicated.
Sarah believes that the therapeutic alliance is the key to success. She acknowledges an individual’s diverse and unique life experiences must always be respected. She is an LGBTQ+ affirming, body-positive, and culturally sensitive therapist.
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.”