Self-esteem generally develops from childhood experience. So any persistent feelings of low self-worth have likely been with you for some time. Self-esteem therapy and counseling can help you uncover the root causes of your feelings and approach them with confidence.

When you have high self-esteem you feel self-assured, believe yourself to be valuable, and accept and respect yourself. This leads to a healthier sense of self-worth.

Low self-esteem is often accompanied with high levels of self-criticism and self-doubt.  This can sometimes lead to social isolation, repressed anger and shame. These can also be symptoms of other issues, including anxiety and depression. Counseling for self-esteem can help.

I find myself to be a humble person and I don’t talk about myself too much. Does that mean that I have low self-esteem?

Being humble is a virtue in almost every culture. But just because you are humble or do selfless acts doesn’t mean that you have low self-esteem. In many cases, you may have very high self-esteem and confidence.

Conversely, just because you are outgoing and claim to be independent on the outside doesn’t mean you have high self-esteem either. Ultimately, self-esteem is something that is a very internal thing for every individual. 

Do I need therapy for self-esteem?

The following list contains symptoms that may indicate low self-esteem.  If these seem familiar, therapy may be right for you.

  • Anxiety
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • Depression
  • Feeling worthless
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Shame
  • Speaking or thinking negatively about yourself
  • Avoidance of challenging yourself or having any expectations due to the belief that you will fail

While you might not feel well, low self-esteem is a normal and treatable condition.

Our therapists are here to help. 

How Does Self Esteem Therapy Work?

At Lakefront, our therapists offer an integrated plan to improve self-esteem. Our approach may include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and incorporating mindfulness and meditation practices into your life. We could also dig deeper to find an objective and better understanding of your personal history so that you have a healthier perspective of your life with a less critical self-evaluation.

Reach out to us anytime and we will happily assist you!

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