SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-CONFIDENCE
Do you fear failure? Do you feel like you’re holding yourself back or not being assertive when you want to be? Are you exhausted thinking negatively about yourself? Or do you find yourself acting compulsively trying to compensate for your low self-worth? These are just some of signs of low self-confidence.
WHAT IS SELF-ESTEEM?
Self-esteem is how you view yourself, your perception of how others see you and the thoughts and beliefs you have about your future. A healthy level self-confidence is critical and impacts your relationships, work, and your health.
You may find that your confidence varies depending on the situation or even on the day. If you experience these ups and downs, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Continuous negative thinking can create a vicious cycle, leading you to avoid activities or tasks because you fear failure or attention. This dynamic can create a catch 22, where you prevent yourself from new experiences or opportunities, which can leave you feeling unhappy and hopeless.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY SELF-ESTEEM IS LOW?
You may find that you’re often disappointed in yourself, or highly critical of any perceived weakness or mistake you make. You may feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts, emotions or fears. There may be a sense of worthlessness or wondering if your life is meaningless. You may also feel lonely. It’s not uncommon to have high self-esteem at work and low self-esteem in relationships, and vice versa.
INCREASING YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE
Self-esteem is not about always feeling happy. Rather, it’s about feeling secure in yourself and your ability to handle life’s challenges, while experiencing the love and acceptance from others and yourself. Therapy can help you gain an understanding of what impacts the highs and lows while helping you feel more positive and better equipped to overcome what’s holding you back.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR LOW SELF-ESTEEM
Together, we’ll work to boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence. We will explore what caused the low self-confidence, and how earlier and more recent events have impacted it. We’ll look at how your daily life is affected and explore how you would like to live your life.
Here are some to of the areas we will work on to overcome low self-esteem:
- Explore your hopes and expectations
- Examine factors, thoughts, and behaviours that impact how you’re feeling
- Gain insight and self-awareness
- Build your inner strength and a strong core of self-belief
- Help you become more assertive
- Boost your self-image
I use a combination of approaches including psychodynamic, relational somatic, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and sensorimotor therapy.
If you’re looking to increase your self-confidence, or if you have any questions, contact me today to schedule your free consultation so we can explore what working together would look like.