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Facts to Know:

  • Mindfulness is living with intentional awareness and the practice of being present. 
  • Mindfulness is paying attention to the here and now, without judgement.
  • Mindfulness and mindfulness-based therapies are evidence-based interventions for a range of psychological problems and medical conditions.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is focusing the mind and becoming in touch with your experience in the present moment.  Mindfulness can be learned and practiced anytime and anywhere.   Mindfulness is a stand-alone treatment as well as a core component of mindfulness-based therapies.     

What are mindfulness skills?

Mindfulness skills are behaviors to practice in order to cultivate mindfulness.  A mindfulness skill is observing reality using the five basic senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.  Another mindfulness skill is describing experience without judgement.   

What is meditation?

Meditation is one way of practicing mindfulness, typically while sitting or standing for a period time that may range from just a minute to a longer duration.  Meditation may aim to open the mind by observing what enters our awareness or it may focus the mind through paying attention to something particular such as thoughts, emotions, or our breath.

What can mindfulness help with?

Mindfulness is a treatment for a range of conditions including anxiety, stress, and chronic pain.  Research suggests mindfulness can reduce stress and tension, improve focus and cognitive flexibility, and decrease intense and out of control emotions.

What are mindfulness-based therapies?

Therapies that are based on mindfulness include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  ACT focuses on clarifying what makes life meaningful and fosters commitment to behaviors that are aligned with valued living.  DBT balances acceptance with change and is a well-researched treatment for suicidal and self-harming behaviors.

How do mindfulness and mindfulness-based behavioral therapies work?

Mindfulness and mindfulness-based therapies typically include the practice of meditation and teach skills which apply mindfulness principles to the problems of everyday life. 

Mindfulness can be received as a standalone intervention where the focus of the work is on developing a meditation practice.  A treatment focused solely on mindfulness practice may be brief, consisting of weekly meetings over 6-12 weeks.  In mindfulness-based therapies such as ACT and DBT, the practice of mindfulness is a core component that is integrated into the larger treatment. 

How can I receive mindfulness or mindfulness-based therapies at Columbia?

Here at Columbia Doctors, we offer mindfulness and mindfulness-based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).


We work with individuals who wish to develop their meditation practice and mindfulness skill set. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

We offer individual ACT focused on mindfulness, acceptance of internal experience, and commitment to valued living. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

ColumbiaDoctors offers comprehensive DBT including individual DBT and DBT skills groups tailored to the needs of specific people including teens and families, adults, and the LGBT community. Additionally, the Columbia Day Program and Leiber Recovery Clinic incorporate DBT into their programs. 

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