Art Therapist on the Grid: Rachel Sikorski

Art Therapists on the Grid: Art Therapy Meets Social Media Conversations is a weekly interview series this summer featuring a variety of art therapists and how they use the power of the Internet and social media in relationship to sharing their work with others, professional development, nurturing creativity, cultivating community and more.

This week’s topic focuses on the value of community for art therapists and the role social media can play in strengthening a sense of belonging, decrease isolation, provide support, and educate others about art therapy. Chapter 4 of The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media is completely dedicated to exploring this subject. One of the categories that digital communities can focus on is related to geographic area and serving a specific location.

“Many professionally driven regional art therapy groups use social media to enhance their group’s capacity building, local efforts, and the group’s overall mission while joining art therapists together who share a mutual geographic locality. Many state art therapy chapters and academic programs have organized communities in the form of digital groups for its members, students, or alumni. An example of a growing community leveraging the power of social media to mobilize engagement, advocacy, support, and advance the art therapy profession in their area is Art Therapy Buffalo. This group of art therapists serving the Buffalo and Western New York areas use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to not only promote art therapy, but bring art therapists together in these vicinities for professional connection, art-making, and exchanging of ideas, both on and offline.”

The group’s online presence inspired inviting one of the founders of Art Therapy Buffalo for a chat in this series to speak more about the beginnings of their community, how social media has been helpful, challenges encountered, and ways art therapists can learn from the group’s experiences and efforts.

Rachel SikorskiLCAT, ATR-BC is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and nationally registered board-certified art therapist.  She earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo. 

She currently maintains a full-time private practice in the heart of the city of Buffalo and is a founding member and webmaster of Art Therapy Buffalo, whose mission is to advocate for increased awareness and access to professional art therapy services in the Buffalo-Niagara communities of Western New York.  The members of Art Therapy Buffalo gather monthly to make art for self-care, network, and plan for community education and advocacy activities. Rachel also serves as Social Media Marketing Secretary on the board of the Western New York Art Therapy Association (WNYATA).

Listen to our conversation here:

“We really felt this need to connect- who else is out there working in Buffalo that we don’t know… We shouldn’t be all disconnected from one another- we can band together. This will be good for the field, it will be good for each of us…who knows what we could do.” ~Rachel Sikorski, Art Therapy Buffalo

Learn more about Art Therapy Buffalo and connect to the community online here:

Other links & resources mentioned in our conversation:

Many thanks to Rachel for this awesome chat! At the end of this series, another conversation is planned with Rachel and members of Art Therapy Buffalo to further our discussion on this topic–Stay connected for more about this… A new art therapist interview will go live next week!

Previous Interviews:

Sticker Sheet Giveaway!

Sticker Giveaway Alert! Custom-made sticker sheets inspired by The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media and created by the book’s graphic designer Nate Fehlauer of Wiscy Jones Creative and printed by JakPrints are now available! These vinyl sticker sheets are 8 x 10 inches in size, in full color, glossy and includes six different kiss cut stickers (allows easy individual sticker removal without pulling apart the rest of the sheet!). Each sheet also includes a fun custom designed back-liner!

5 sticker sheets are up this week-end for a giveaway grab!  To enter is simple: head over to The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media Book Page on Facebook and leave a comment on the giveaway’s featured photo pinned at the top of the page about how you use social networking for either connection, community, or creativity as an art therapist or art therapy student.

5 individuals/comments will be randomly selected for one sticker sheet using Random.org and the site’s true random number generator.  This giveaway begins Friday, June 23, 8 am EST/US and ends on Sunday, June 26, 8 pm EST/US.  When the giveaway is over, winners will be announced on The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media Book Page on Facebook and privately messaged for a mailing address to send their sticker sheet to. International mailing is available if you live outside of the U.S. Please, only one comment/entry per person, multiple comments/entries will be disqualified.

Good luck!

There are also custom-made frames created with a couple of the stickers that you use on Facebook with your profile picture to show your support and love for art therapy:

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Art Therapist's Guide to Social Media
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Art Therapist on the Grid: Petrea Hansen-Adamidis

Art Therapists on the Grid: Art Therapy Meets Social Media Conversations is a weekly interview series this summer featuring a variety of art therapists and how they use the power of the Internet and social media in relationship to sharing their work with others, professional development, nurturing creativity, cultivating community and more.

Before the arrival of what we all know now as social media there were art therapists in the 1990s who were already leading the way on the Internet to connect members of the art therapy community with information, resources, and discussion sites, as well as a way to inform the public about art therapy. This week’s chat features Petrea Hansen-Adamidis DTATI, RCAT, RP a Registered Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. In 1996, Petrea created one of the first art therapy sites that was online, ArtTherapyinCanada (archived at adamidis.ca).  It is fun to visit Petrea’s old site to remember what art therapy resources and sites often looked like 20+ years ago! It is great to show Petrea’s original site to art therapy students as an example of the early days of online connection for art therapy. How things have changed!  In this conversation, Petrea talks about what inspired her to create her first site and how she uses social media now to share her work and creative interests as an art therapist and artist. 

Petrea has been working in the field of art therapy for over 22 years and for the past 15, has worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist in an outpatient services program at a large children’s mental health center in Toronto, Ontario.  Petrea additionally works as an art therapist clinician, providing trauma assessments and treatment in parent-child expressive arts therapy. She is also an art therapy supervisor and instructor at The Toronto Art Therapy Institute. As part of her private practice, Petrea runs self-exploration art workshops for health, wellbeing, and self-care in Toronto and also offers online expressive arts e-courses.

From Petrea’s current site relaunched as arttherapist.ca:  

“When I first began this site over 15 years ago, I was a newly trained Art Therapist, eager to share with the world the wonderful world of art therapy. It was one of the first pages up on the Internet with resources on art therapy including information about associations around the world. art therapy books, conference announcements, plus my own workshops.”

My first online community, The Art Therapy Student Networking Forum that I founded as a graduate student in the late 1990s (hosted then on Delphi Forums) was one of the many resources that Petrea included on her site, which was very cool and something we chat about!

Listen to our interview here:

Learn more about Petrea’s work and connect to her online:

Other resources mentioned in our conversation:

Thank you to Petrea for sharing her inspiring experiences, then and now! Stay connected for a new interview next week as this series continues…

Previous Interviews:

Art Therapist on the Grid: Carolyn Mehlomakulu

Art Therapists on the Grid Convo Series

A fun interview podcast series will be launching soon about social media and how art therapists are using it for connection, community, & creativity. Definitely very inspiring— such great energy and experiences to share! A different online recording and art therapist will be featured here on this blog beginning mid June through July.  Hope you will be able to plug in and watch!

Art Therapists on the Grid Convo Series | Art Therapist's Guide to Social Media

Pre-order Now Available

The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media is now available for pre-order! The book’s publisher, Routledge is currently having a sitewide sale (buy 1 book, save 20%) which also includes free standard shipping.  Check out the details on Routledge’s site here.  The book is also available for pre-order on Amazon here.

The Art Therapist's Guide to Social Media | Illustration by Nate Fehlauer