ITA offers the following forms of Creative Arts Therapy at the Music Institute of Chicago’s downtown Evanston, downtown Chicago Campus, and Lake Forest campuses:
Individual Therapy Sessions
These sessions are designed to identify and foster personal strengths thereby decreasing anxiety and increasing feelings of self-worth. The creative arts are used as a vehicle for expression and creativity where internal thoughts and feelings can be safely expressed and contained.
Group Therapy Sessions
ITA’s dynamic and engaging therapy groups use the arts to create an environment where peers are working collaboratively. Therapists help clients learn to accept the ideas of others and compromise, while creative arts therapy provides unique opportunities for clients to create and perform together through interactive music-making, story-creation, visual art projects and movement. Experienced and caring therapists promote dialogue between group members and address social skill development, facilitating opportunities to enhance empathy, initiation and cooperative play. Groups are formed continuously in order to meet the ever-changing needs of clients. ITA therapists determine if group placement is appropriate after the intake evaluation is conducted.
Family Therapy Sessions
ITA offers creative arts therapy for couples and families. ITA therapists use the arts to help family members connect with each other and develop new ways to communicate. Families and couples are provided with opportunities to create projects collaboratively, renewing their relationships with each other and practicing new techniques designed to strengthen the family unit.