My Approach to Helping
I am the Practice Manager for a non-profit called the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA). ITA empowers and energizes individuals, families and communities to grow and heal by engaging in creative arts therapies. We offer music, art, dance, and drama therapies by credentialed therapists in Chicago, Evanston, and Lake Forest. ITA is: INSPIRING CHANGE and wellness in individuals and families through Creative Arts Therapy STRENGTHENING HEALTH in community organizations by providing state of the art consultation, training, and clinical programs CULTIVATING ACHIEVEMENT in students' academic and social development through a collaborative team approach to treatment FORGING LEADERSHIP in the Creative Arts Therapy fields by advocating for each discipline and providing integrated training experiences. Often there are not words for people's experiences. Without words, there may be pictures, images, colors, shapes, and textures. The creative arts therapies provide access to these experiences beyond traditional talk therapy approaches, allowing healing to occur even without the use of language. This power of the creative arts therapies can help heal suffering and pain while promoting health, creativity, and beauty.
More Info About My Practice
ITA accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance. We also offering a sliding scale based on income for those who need helping paying out of pocket. I am the intake person for ITA, which means that when you call me we'll discuss your individual request for therapy and I can tell you more about each offering at ITA. During our intake process, we may decide that working with another highly qualified therapist at ITA would benefit you.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Each of our therapists are leaders in their field. My personal specialty is working with individuals who have experienced trauma. We have others who are highly qualified to work with individuals who have intellectual or physical disabilities, degenerative conditions, anxiety, behavior disorders, autism and more.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
When words alone are not enough the arts can often help. To take the problem of anxiety for example: Creative Arts Therapies would treat anxiety with creative expression, brain stimulation, physiological intervention, and alternative communication approaches. Art therapy can provide a visual representation of the anxiety, which the individual may not have been able to communicate otherwise, and a connection with the art materials that provide a soothing and calming experience. Dance/movement therapy can target the areas in the body where stress and anxiety manifest and drama therapy can hone in on verbal communication skills surrounding anxiety management. Music therapy offers a therapeutic approach that attunes to the specific areas of the individual's brain that may be contributing to the symptoms of anxiety. Each of these disciplines can offer a tailored approach to an individual's unique expression of anxiety.
For each presenting problem, Creative Arts Therapy utilizes a collaborative, strength based approach to harness the power of creative expression in order to help clients meet their goals.