The Institute for Therapy through the Arts

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Founded in 1975, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is one of the few comprehensive community-based arts therapy programs in the United States to offer all four creative arts treatment modalities – Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance/Movement Therapy.   


ITA is nationally recognized and has distinguished itself in the use of integrated arts approaches to help children, adults and families to improve functioning related to psychological, developmental, physical or cognitive factors. 


ITA offers individual and group therapy sessions at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Downtown Evanston (1702 Sherman Avenue), Downtown Chicago, Lake Forest, and Winnetka campuses.

ITA Mission

To empower and energize individuals, families and communities to grow and heal by 


and wellness in individuals and families through
Creative Arts Therapy


in community organizations by providing state of the art consultation, training and clinical programs


in students' academic and social development through a collaborative team approach to treatment in schools


in the Creative Arts Therapy fields by advocating for each discipline and providing integrated training experiences