About Rachel

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Rachel Sikorski, LCAT, ATR-BC, RPT-S is a NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), registered and board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC), and registered play therapist/supervisor (RPT-S). She is a long-time professional member of The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and its New York chapter (NYATA), The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), as well as The Association for Play Therapy (APT) and its New York chapter (NYAPT).

Rachel specializes in the creative integration of the visual arts and therapeutic play into traditional "talk-based" psychotherapy approaches, to adapt treatment to the unique needs of individuals of all ages; and, in particular, the treatment of anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress in children as well as adults with complex childhood and relational trauma. Rachel has extensive professional training and a wealth of experience utilizing trauma-informed, solution-focused, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy in clinical practice. She was fully trained in the trauma resolution methods of PC (Progressive Counting) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2013; and, she continues to engage in regular, ongoing professional development to stay up to date on the latest research and clinical adaptations of trauma work to treat a variety of mental health symptoms and conditions, to meet the developmental needs of children, in particular.

Rachel has been providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 17 years.  Her professional experience includes several years of work supporting adolescents with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders in the community; adolescent youth experiencing emotional-behavioral disturbance and related conditions in special education and residential treatment; as well as children, adults, and families in outpatient mental health clinics and charter school settings.  Rachel has experience working with a variety of client populations, including those with trauma, attachment, and adjustment-related disorders; anxiety, mood, and dissociative disorders; oppositional and conduct-related behavioral disorders; self-harm and suicidal ideation; as well as neurodevelopmental disorders associated with executive functioning impairment such as ADHD/ADD and ASD.

For several years, Rachel served as a part-time adjunct lecturer and Art Therapy Minor Program Coordinator at Buffalo State University.  Her goal therein, as an advocate for increased access to professional art therapy and quality mental healthcare, was to educate the public and work to expand the reach of art therapy to communities in need. Rachel firmly believes that increasing affordable access to graduate-level training in art therapy will serve to increase representation from and accessibility to more culturally and racially diverse art therapy professionals within the underserved communities of Buffalo and in the field as a whole. Rachel continues to advise the department and educators within the art therapy curriculum courses, despite recently stepping back from teaching and advising roles there; she remains hopeful that the art therapy minor program there might continue towards expansion despite ongoing pandemic-related changes and state budgetary concerns that have affected the realization of a local graduate-level training program at Buffalo State, a major focus of her work during her tenure there. Rachel has and will continue to prioritize advocacy efforts for art therapy accessibility and insurance coverage on local, state, and national levels.

For more information about how you can help support related advocacy efforts in New York State, please contact your state representatives about the need for their support of NY Senate Bills S6362 (Assembly Bill A6173) and S8715(Assembly Bill A9018); or, visit www.lcatcoalition.org.