DBT Mindfulness Cards

A tool for daily Mindfulness practice


Designed to accompany DBT Modules, these cards help users practice the art of 'Mindfulness' of being in the present moment

These are “Mindfulness Cards” which meant to accompany DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Modules. They aim to to help further develop mindfulness skills and present the skills practice suggested in workbooks and handouts in a digestible manner by being more portable and more distributable beyond the currently existing large-textbook style format.

The Challenge

About Borderline Personality Disorder

Although BPD is a lesser known psychological disorder, it is a serious mental illness that results in unstable moods, behavior, and relationships. It affects around 1% to 2% of the population, but is estimated to be as high as 5.9% due to unidentified and or misdiagnosed cases.

3 Mil

cases in the US


of the population


are women


will make one suicide attempt during their lifetime

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The Process

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Imagery Exploration

I designed worksheets and asked people of various mindfulness experience levels to draw what images came to their minds when presented with the categories of mindfulness introduced in the workbook. I did this because of the understanding some see ideals of Mindfulness far more abstractly than others.


Understanding the experience through 3 months of therapy

Being able to experience therapy and understand the environment and procedure that came with it allowed me to better immerse myself in research. I learned that a therapist’s office is meant to be a safe space and how there are different approaches to how a therapist may broach an uncomfortable topic. I came away with a more thorough understanding of the idea of confidentiality and how a therapist and client relationship can develop over the course of a long period of time.


Journey into Mindfulness using Headspace

I also researched Headspace as a case study, a meditation app that leads a user through ten minutes of audio guided meditation a day. After using the app for three weeks, I realized that one thing that distinguished headspace from other meditation resources its way of using lovable characters and animated videos which respected the diversity in people, helping to spread the message that mindfulness is universal.


Sketches & Color Palette Development

Personal sketching and imagery exploration

I had been practicing mindfulness for years and years without knowing it. Mindfulness the ability to live in the present moment, without judging or rejecting that moment. It can include activities such as meditation, prayer, and Mindfulness movement (e.g. Tai Chi, Yoga). Using my own knowledge of Mindfulness as well as imagery from those both expierienced and non experienced in Mindfulness and meditation, I began sketching for each area of skill practice.

Setting up illustration rules


Consistent symbols (e.g. thoughts symbolized by clouds)


Needs to contain imagery of a person or allude to a person, and cannot be too abstract to keep it relatable


Needs to embody the word itself as well as the principle behind it


Needs to have a predominant color, but also be limited to three colors per card, for sake of recognizability