Dr Gosia Lawnicki is a fully accredited Art Psychotherapist, with an M.A. qualification from Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT, Cork. She is a member of Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists and adheres to their code of ethics.
Currently Gosia Lawnicki is working towards accreditation with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is training as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
She also guest lectures at the Art Therapy Department, Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT, Cork.
Mrs Lawnicki established her own therapeutic practice in 2011 in Dungarvan and Waterford, which are still in operation today.
Since then she has been delivering individual and group therapy for many private clients and organizations, among others TUSLA Child and Family Agency, Barnardos, Irish Wheelchair Association, Dungarvan Community Hospital, Solas Cancer Support Centre , VEC: Travellers Women Group, My Mind, local preschools, primary and secondary schools, fostering agencies and nursing homes.
In 2015 she joined MD Clinic team.
Gosia Lawnicki is a co-funder of Mobile Art Therapy Studio (MATS), a non-profit initiative that delivers art therapy and art therapy training in support for vulnerable groups and local organisations working with mental-health, child poverty and human trafficking in Asia, particularly in countries of political violence and social change.
Prior to her training as a therapist, Mrs Lawnicki gained many years experience working as a marketing manager and business coach in Poland, USA and Ireland.
She has also over 10 years experience in delivering creative and personal development courses in Poland, Ireland and recently in Nepal.
Mrs Lawnicki works with children, adolescents and adults. In her therapeutic work with adults she offers an integrative approach drawing on creative, psychodynamic, psychoanalitic, humanistic and cognitive therapies. When working with children she is also interested in theories of play, attachment, transitional objects and developmental psychology.
Thanks to years of her own practice and additional trainings in Ireland and abroad, Gosia Lawnicki implements mindfulness, visualisation and dreamwork to support the emotional health and well-being. However due to progress of her current studies she integrates verbal approach to her work.
Mrs Lawnicki is particularly interested in investigating the art therapy as a psychotherapeutic intervention with immigrants and refugees. Her focus is on experience of loss of identity and belonging. She has also interest in therapeutic application of textiles and handicrafts, and their influence on links between mind and body in work with women.