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. She has experience working with a variety of populations, including those with trauma and adjustment-related disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harming behavior, oppositional 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 professional training and experience utilizing therapeutic play, 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), as well as completed a 9-month, comprehensive trauma certificate training through the Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute (TI/TCI). She is a professional member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and 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 a founding member 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. In 2016 and 2017, her group hosted free, community-based, public art activities at Larkin Square’s Food Truck Tuesday and live music events, as well as coordinated an educational art exhibitions at the Buffalo Arts Studio and ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art. These exhibitions featured the work of client-artists of all ages who have received benefit from art therapy-based 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 has been in private practice since 2011. 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 will still be 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! Read more about this community project HERE and HERE.
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.