Julia’s M.A. thesis treated on the states of consciousness and mindfulness in healthy pregnant women (written under the supervision of Professor Andrzej Kokoszka, Warsaw Medical University); completed the 4-year integrative psychotherapy training programme with Richard Erskine, PhD from the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy (New York, USA) at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy (Manchester, UK). Among many various workshops and training courses, she participated in MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine (part of the MBSR teachers’ training) conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Julia had the privilege of being supervised by Christopher Germer, PhD (Harvard Medical School, USA), one of the founders of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion training course. Currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Derby, UK (compassion-based interventions for cancer patients and survivors).
Director of The Mind Institute (Science and Emotions are One) in Warsaw, Poland. On behalf of The Mind Institute she organised the following lectures and workshops: Antonia Sumbundu; Rick Hanson, PhD; Christopher Germer, PhD (Harvard Medical School, USA); Albert Aniskiewicz, PhD (Michigan State University, USA); Kelly Wilson, PhD (University of Mississippi, USA); Christopher Willard, Psy.D. (Tufts University, USA)
Julia also conducted and supervised over sixty mindfulness, compassion and other contemplative courses, workshops, training sessions and retreats in various cities across Poland and the UK, e.g. conducted individual and group therapy, introductory workshops to mindfulness for law enforcement professionals (police force and prison/correctional officers) at the Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration in Otwock near Warsaw, Poland (Department for the Treatment of Neurotic Disorders), lead anger management workshops with Polish directors of prison administration, presented at the annual Ataxia Conferences, and lectured at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) in Warsaw and Poznań (e.g. as one of the lecturers of post-diploma degree in mindfulness and compassion). She is also in charge of the online mindfulness and compassion module (in Polish and Spanish) for the European Institute of Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Julia regularly writes on the issues of contemplative practices for popular and professional psychology magazines, currently in the Polish “Charaktery”, “Psychologia w Praktyce”, and currently in the German “Psychologie und Leben”.