LaCivita bio

"I believe in creating a safe place for self-expression   
using a gentle, compassionate approach, fostering  
healthy living through Positive Psychology."  
-Jennifer La Civita, Psy.D.

"I believe in creating a safe place for self-expression
using a gentle, compassionate approach, fostering
healthy living through Positive Psychology."
-Jennifer La Civita, Psy.D.

Jennifer La Civita
Department Chair, M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy

Dr. Jennifer LaCivita has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy, both from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (now Adler University) in Chicago. She currently works at Adler University as a professor and Chairperson of the Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy Department. She and has over 30 years of experience working in the field of education as a teacher, artist, psychotherapist, art therapist, Learning and Behavior Specialist, and Administrative and Education consultant.

As a fourth generation Chicagoan, Jennifer is deeply committed to urban revitalization through the arts and community engagement. For 10 years she was the founder and Executive Director of the West Portage Park Neighborhood Improvement Association: Portage Park Center for the Arts in Chicago. It was the only City of Chicago owned and operated Art and Wellness facility that focused on urban revitalization and health through the arts. She credits her use of Adlerian Psychology in being able to successfully work with the City of Chicago in establishing the site, using Adlerian teaching techniques within her classes, and serving as a mentor in helping other instructors and community advocates at the center to apply Adlerian principles within their teaching and within community.

Her years in leading Adlerian group therapy at residential psychiatric and nursing facilities has also proven to her and the facilities’ administrators that the “ways of Adler” truly bring all good things. She has worked for many years in hospitals, nursing, rehabilitation, psychiatric residential facilities, and alternative therapeutic day schools and private and public schools as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and art therapist. Her undergraduate degree is in art and English from St. Mary of the Woods College, the oldest Catholic, liberal arts college for women in the United States, located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dr. LaCivita’s private practice, La Civita HealthCare, offers all forms of Adlerian Art Therapy: individual and family therapy, as well neuropsychoeducational testing, using a gentle therapeutic approach towards increased wellness, and fostering healthy living through positive psychology. She is also a Learning and Behavior Specialist, and Administrative and Education consultant at 7 Catholic schools in Chicago and one Catholic school in Glenview, IL.

Read more about Dr. La Civita.