Mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy: A commentary on Harrington and Pickles

Ruth A. Baer, Shannon Sauer

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Harrington and Pickles (this issue) raise interesting and important questions about the nature of mindfulness and its relationships to scientific clinical psychology and cognitive behavioral theory and treatment. In this commentary, we address two primary questions. First, is mindfulness a meaningful concept within scientific clinical psychology or is it religious or mystical? Second, is mindfulness compatible with cognitive behavioral therapy? We argue that mindfulness can be conceptualized as a nonreligious construct suitable for scientific study and that it can be integrated with cognitive behavioral therapy in interesting and fruitful ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-332
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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