Self-Caring with DBT

Self-care is a buzz word in today’s popular culture. We are hearing about it at work, in blogs, during therapy and in conversations with friends. Coworkers, family, friends and therapists ask, “Are you taking care of yourself? What are you doing to get a break from life? Are you making time for self-care?” How many of us focus our ‘well-being’ around pleasing others while neglecting to take care of our own needs.

Here at the DBT Center of Orange County we believe that taking care of yourself – mind, body and soul — is of the utmost importance. The major goal of DBT is to build a Life Worth Living! Self-care is an important piece of that puzzle.

Self-care is anything that helps support your personal wellness. When we don’t take care of ourselves we can feel exhausted, depleted and resentful. On the other hand, when we are practicing self-care, we tend to have more energy, feel better, think more clearly and make steps to accomplish our goals and live a life aligned with our values.

Self-care within the DBT model teaches us to develop and grow the following skills:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

If you are interested in learning more about these DBT skills, contact our office to set up an initial appointment at 949-480-7767.

Written By, Nora Josephson, MA, RYT, LPC
DBT Case Manager and Skills Coach Facilitator


At the DBT Center of Orange County Nora currently facilitates our Adult Evening Intensive Outpatient Program, leads mindful yoga, conducts skills training and case management sessions and oversees the Adolescent Programs. Nora enjoys integrating themes of self-compassion, mindfulness, and gratitude into her yoga classes. Nora is an avid believer in whole wellness. She educates and encourages her clients to engage in self-care and whole wellness practices. Nora became a certified yoga instructor in 2010.