Rachel Sikorski, LCAT, ATR-BC
Rachel has been providing art therapy to children, adolescents, and families for over a decade. Her professional experience includes years of work with at-risk youth, including children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems, in both educational and clinical settings. She has experience working with a variety of populations, including those with trauma and adjustment-related disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harming behavior, oppositional-defiant and conduct-related issues, developmental disabilities, and autism-spectrum disorders, in both individual and group contexts.
Rachel Sikorski, LCAT, ATR-BC is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), nationally registered and board certified art therapist (ATR-BC). She has an undergraduate degree (BA) in psychology and art history from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and a graduate degree (MS) in art therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.
In addition to the visual and creative arts, Rachel has had extensive professional training and experience utilizing play therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and trauma-informed treatment approaches in her clinical practice. Rachel completed full trainings in the trauma-resolution methods of PC (Progressive Counting) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, as well as completed a 9-month, comprehensive trauma certificate training through the Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute (TI/TCI). She is currently working towards her certification in Play Therapy, through the Association of Play Therapy (APT).
Rachel is a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), as well as serves on the board of AATA's local chapter, the Western New York Art Therapy Association (WNYATA). She is one of the founding members of Art Therapy Buffalo, a professional network of local art therapists whose mission is to educate the community and advocate for increased access to professional art therapy services within Buffalo-Niagara area. For the past three years, her group has hosted free, community-based, public art activities at Larkin Square’s Food Truck Tuesday and live music events, as well as coordinated educational art therapy exhibitions at the Buffalo Arts Studio, ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, and Project 308 Gallery. These exhibitions featured the work of client-artists of all ages who have received benefit from art therapy treatment, as well as art therapist responses to client experiences and beyond. Rachel manages website and social media content for the above group and WNYATA. For updates on current events and art therapy in the news, find these groups on social media, or on the web at arttherapybuffalo.com or www.wnyata.com
Rachel is currently a part-time lecturer and the current undergraduate Art Therapy Minor Program Coordinator for the Art & Design Department at Buffalo State College. There, she teaches the Introduction to Art Therapy course and mentors students interested in the art therapy minor, or pursuing graduate school and a future career in art therapy.
Rachel has been in private practice for over 7 years. She began working privately on an in-home basis, before opening offices in Amherst and Buffalo. She recently relocated her practice to 50 Gates Circle (at the intersection of Delaware and Lafayette Avenues), directly across from the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital (now Canterbury Woods campus), and nearby to future home of the Lancaster Square community. Rachel is excited to give her clients the opportunity to experience a more modern space, in a cool, up-and-coming area of the city. The office is still mere minutes from the great attractions that clients know, love, and often visit: Elmwood Village, Delaware Park, Canalside, as well as plenty of unique shops and restaurants. The development of Lancaster Square over the next year will bring with it some really great sights and outing opportunities for you and your family, just around the block!
Rachel hopes to offer group art therapy opportunities for children and teens in the new space. Contact her with your interest or for details about future groups, or the benefit group therapy in general.