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Therapy for Self-Esteem

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Do you often feel awkward and self-conscious in social settings? Do you go over and over what you said and how you really wanted to say it? Do you worry about what others think of you? Are you constantly comparing yourself to others and finding you never measure up? 

Self-esteem is a concept that speaks to how we feel about ourselves. When one has high self-esteem, they feel confident, centered, and worthy of love. People with low self-esteem often feel shame and self-doubt. They often feel critical of themselves and are unworthy of love or praise.

Perfectionism, while often mistaken for a noble pursuit of excellence, can be a relentless adversary to self-esteem. It's like a shadow that creeps silently into your life, casting doubt upon your accomplishments, making you feel inadequate, and pushing you toward an unattainable standard. This pursuit of perfection can strip away the very essence of your self-worth, leaving you feeling chronically dissatisfied.

Negative self-talk becomes the weapon perfectionism wields against your self-esteem. Your inner critic whispers damaging thoughts: "You're not good enough," "You should have done better," "You'll never measure up." The constant barrage of self-criticism erodes your confidence and joy.

Regardless of how low self-esteem manifests, the results are always the same:

  • Inability to say "no"
  • Difficulty setting boundaries
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Lack of joy in life
  • Anger, guilt, sadness
  • Self-doubt
  • People pleasing
  • Difficulty celebrating successes
  • Fear failure
  • Loneliness
  • Overly critical of self and others
  • Isolation
  • Eating issues
  • Codependency
  • Self abuse

Treatment for Low Self-Esteem

The good news is that self-esteem is something that can be changed by healing trauma, changing your beliefs, behavior and how you think about and treat yourself. Having said this, most people developed their self-esteem issues in childhood and have been living with low self-esteem for a very long time. For this reason, it is advised that they seek the guidance of a trained therapist.

Having a knowledgeable and supportive therapist in your corner can help you develop a healthier and more realistic sense of self. I will help you connect the dots in your life, discover where your low self-esteem came from, and provide tools so you can absolve your negative beliefs and critical self-talk and replace them with self-love and self-compassion.

If you suffer from low self-esteem and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to me.