Struggling with Low Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem refers to your sense of self-worth and how much you value yourself. Low self-esteem effects people in different ways. Some signs that you may be experiencing low self-esteem include:
- Being overly concerned about what other people think and not trusting your own opinions and beliefs.
- Not feeling as good or as worthy as other people.
- Accentuating the negative about yourself and not recognizing or appreciating your positive qualities.
- Blaming yourself when things go wrong and not giving yourself credit when things go right.
- Difficulty making decisions and often second-guessing yourself.
- Lacking a sense of meaning or purpose in your life.
- Low motivation, and feeling depressed or anxious, or in emotional turmoil.
How Counselling and Therapy Can Help
I'm a Guelph counsellor and therpiast specializing in helping people overcome low self-esteem. When you come for counselling or therapy for low self-esteem, I'll help you explore the roots of your self-esteem, and gain insight and understanding into what's contributing to your low self-esteem and what you can do to help build self-esteem.
Your self-esteem arises from a number of factors such as:
- The beliefs you’ve developed about yourself from your family, your peers and society.
- The expectations you and others have of yourself, and how well you’re living up to these expectations.
- The achievements or lack of achievements you've experienced in areas of your life that are important to you.
- The loss of something significant such as a job or relationship.
As we explore these areas, you'll develop more managable expectations for yourself and more balanced assessments of your self-worth that will help improve your self-esteem. Through our work together, you'll build self-esteem by developing a more accepting and nurturing relationship with yourself and your actions, thoughts, feelings and experiences.
As your self-esteem grows, you will:
- Begin to accept all aspects of yourself, including qualities you may wish to change, mistakes you've made, and any lack of success you may have experienced.
- Grow more confident in your ability to know what is best for yourself and less concerned about what other people think.
- Become more comfortable with your own identity and direction in life.
- Become empowered to pursue the things you want for yourself and build a more satisfying and fulfilling life.