I have been teaching mindfulness-based approaches since 2002 – both through teaching MBSR to the general public and MBCT to clinical populations. I have a particular interest in offering mindfulness to people with addiction issues and more recently I have been developing this approach with people with Acquired Brain Injury.
As a core member of the teaching and training team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP, Bangor University) for many years, I have been involved in:
- training mindfulness based teachers at levels 1 and 2
- developing and delivering the supervision training of mindfulness-based teachers
- teaching on the Bangor mindfulness-based masters programmes
- developing and delivering mindfulness and individual therapy training
Until recently, I have been a practising registered psychotherapist delivering psychotherapy and supervisor training programmes, with a private psychotherapy and supervision practice. and a long history of delivering training to different training institutes.
Since experiencing a Brain Haemorhage in 2010, I have gradually retired from much of this training work, which gives me more time to offer to supervisees teaching MBIs.
My passion lies with exploring the sense of contact with ourselves and others that is fostered through personal practice and in mindful relationships, and in the impact of illness and injury on contact and relationship.
I have had an evolving interest in contemplative traditions since the mid 1960s and now have the space and time in which to bring all this together in my approach to the supervisory relationship and, in particular, the support and development of those using mindfulness within their life and work.
I trained in mindfulness-based approaches with American teachers and CMRP teachers to teach MBSR and then MBCT from 2000. I have continued to learn through training, attending conferences, receiving personal supervision and being open into all the different ways in which mindfulness is available to us.
- Counselling training in 1975 in London including group work (Encounter) and counselling skills. Kilburn Centre.
- Open University Counselling Theory – 1982
- Advanced level counselling 1986
- Addiction Counselling and Supervision Course University of Kent 1987
- Diploma in Supervision 1990
- Masters in Education (Counselling) 1994
- Qualified as Certified Psychotherapist(TA) 1997 (Paris)
Teaching and training specialisms
- Mindfulness and individual therapy
- Mindfulness supervision
- Mindfulness with groups
- Mindfulness with addictions
- Mindfulness with Acquired Brain Injury (in development)
I trained as a supervisor in 1986 and have supervised counsellors, mental health workers, addiction workers, psychotherapist trainees and practitioners and also supervisors ever since, particularly in psychotherapy and now mindfulness-based approaches (Supravision).
My particular interest is in how the co-creating element of supervision arises through a mindful awareness, and in exploring that relational impact as the supervision unfolds and in how that relates back to the issue being brought.
I offer Supervision to those teaching courses, and those exploring or bringing mindfulness into interpersonal work – in groups or with individuals, and with those on the training pathway.
I am particularly interested in working with mindfulness in individual therapy and working with therapy groups.
I see our personal practice as being the ground from which our teaching arises, and that it is inextricably entwined within a mindfulness supervision process.
I am situated in North Wales and so do most of my supervision over the phone or on Skype.
My practice has been influenced over many years by teachings from a range of eastern and western contemplative traditions, beginning with following the teachings of Krishna and Haidakhan Babaji and influenced by writers like Ram Dass and later the practices of the Biame Network. Later my mindfulness practice was influenced by western teachers such as Jon Kabbat-Zinn, Ferris Urbanowski, Melissa Blacker, as well as Vipassana teachers like Christina Feldman and Tara Brach. My practice has also been influenced by the Tibetan traditions largely through the writings of Pema Chodrun.
Research and current interests
Mindfulness in: therapeutic approaches – and applied in working with different populations eg Refugees – Aging – and for those with Brain Injury
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Mardula,J. (2015) Mindfulness in Therapy. In Nelson-Jones,R. Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy (6th edn. pp. 407-426) London, Sage.
Evans,A.,Crane,R.S.,Cooper,L.,Mardula,J.,Surawy.,C.Kenny,M.&Kuyken,W.(2014)A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-Based Teachers: a Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry.Mindfulness.
Boliston Mardula,J. (2001) Appetite Path Model – working with escape hatch resolution with clients who use drugs and alcohol. Transactional Analysis Journal.Autumn.