Dialectical Behavior Therapy draws from Zen Buddhism and the study of Mindfulness. Mindfulness draws the brain’s focus to the present moment in an attempt to slow down life and achieve inner peace. Many folks who come to DBT find themselves ruminating on the past or fretting about the future. Practicing Mindfulness skills can help achieve a balance.

Mindfulness is a core component of DBT. This set of skills is all about focusing on being present in the moment. Being stuck in your own thoughts can be very distressing. Mindfulness is a research-based strategy that gets you out of your head. It encourages you to become more aware of your surroundings and to live in the moment. The DBT module consists of a handful of skills that help you facilitate mindfulness practice as well as provides activities to practice. Like all DBT skills, mindfulness requires extensive practice for it to become second nature. Once practiced, however, it can reduce your stress levels and make you feel happier on a day-to-day basis.

Wise Mind

A synthesis of emotion and reason that can better guide our behavior.

WHAT Skills

Three skills that tell you WHAT to do to begin your Mindfulness practice.

HOW Skills

Three skills that tell you HOW to be Mindful in your daily life.

Mindfulness Exercises

 Videos that guide you through Mindfulness practice as well as provide education on the topic.

Breathing Exercises

Written exercises that help you focus on your breathing to help regulate your emotions.

Awareness Exercises

Written exercises that help you focus on your present state.

A Day of Mindfulness

An exercise that encourages you to be mindful for an entire day.


Spirituality or belief in a higher power may be what brings you meaning.

Loving Kindness

Loving Kindness is a Mindfulness practice you can do to increase love and compassion for yourself and others.

Balancing Doing Mind & Being Mind

Skills on how to Balance your Doing Mind & Being Mind.

Walking the Middle Path

Walking the Middle Path is finding that synthesis between opposites.

Additional Resources

Mental Health Resources
We aren't the only mental health resource out there. Check out these books, websites, social media accounts, and more for additional support. Read More
DBT Flashcards

Making DBT skills second nature takes practice. Use these flashcards on their page, download your own to print out, or purchase our pre-made set from our shop. Read More

DBT Encyclopedia

DBT has its own lingo which can be hard to understand for beginners. Visit our homemade DBT Encyclopedia to figure out what a term means. Read More

Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness practice is key to DBT. You don't have to meditate in silence everyday, though. Try these Mindfulness exercises to guide you. Read More

Diary Cards

Diary cards help track your emotions, urges, behaviors, and skill use. They help you see patterns. Learn how to use them and get samples. Read More


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