Alexa Ferenzi ’20

Alexa is a psychology and studio art double major and art history minor from Chicago, Illinois.

Karin L. Bostrom Fellow in Art Therapy

Institute for Therapy through the Arts | Evanston, Illinois

Week 9:

August 10, 2019 | What do you think of when you hear the word “termination?” Maybe it makes you think of something serious, a kind of forever ending or a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think of termination as a huge part of therapy, because in psychology, termination is the ending of the therapeutic relationship with a client. Over […]

Week 8:
Self-Care as Healthcare

August 2, 2019 | What is self-care? Many healthcare professionals, psychologists and general practitioners alike, emphasize the importance of self-care, but why?  Self-care is any sort of activity that we do in order to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally, and it looks different for everyone. ITA emphasizes self-care for clients, therapists, interns, administrative staff, and everyone […]

Week 7:
Why Art is an Important Therapeutic Tool

July 26, 2019 | Hello my lovely readers! In this week’s blog about my time at Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA), I will be discussing why the creative arts (art, music, dance/movement, and drama) are important therapeutic tools. Most people like to assume that unless they are Van Gogh, Beethoven, Meryl Streep, or Anna Pavlova, they cannot […]

Week 6:
Why I Love Art

July 20, 2019 | I have decided to start focusing my blogs on a specific topic for the remainder my time here at Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA). This week, I will explain to my amazing readers why I love art and how I am creating art at ITA. Unfortunately, my artistic drive originated during a very […]

Week 5:
Assessment and Response

July 15, 2019 | I investigated the process of art therapy this week at Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA). I had the opportunity to explore myself and the emotional status of ITA’s clients via assessments and a unique process called “response art”, which is art made in response to the client’s art. During my session on Tuesday, […]

Week 4:
A Test of Patience

July 7, 2019 | One of my favorite parts of being an administrative intern at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) is all of the opportunities I have for learning new skills and discovering hidden talents. This week was no exception. Part of making clients feel respected, comfortable, and safe during therapy is keeping therapy rooms clean […]

Week 3:
Fridays are Fun at ITA

July 1, 2019 | Week three of my internship at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) was filled with  administrative projects. Sessions often get canceled during the summer due to vacations, which is unfortunate for me but understandable from the client’s perspective. I finalized the design for the conference flyer, researched local psychologists, and read someart therapy-related articles for an annotated bibliography. I learned a lot about non-profit psychology during […]

Week 2:
Marketing Madness

June 23, 2019 | This week definitely had a lot of ups and downs. I learned a lot during my sessions with clients, and was challenged by my administrative tasks, which involved a lot of advertising and marketing work. My marketing madness began on Monday by organizing, logging, and photographing a large donation of art supplies given to ITA. […]

Week 1:
Experience is Everything

June 15, 2019 | Hello Readers! My name is Lexi Ferenzi, and I am a soon-to-be senior at Cornell College. This summer I am interning at a non-profit known as the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) located in Evanston, Illinois. ITA provides creative arts therapy (music therapy, dance/movement therapy, art therapy, and drama therapy) to the Chicagoland […]