Self-esteem is essential to mental health and well-being. Low self-esteem can leadto feelings of shame, self-doubt, anxiety and general inadequacy. It can prevent people from finding fulfilling relationships or following their life goals. People who have low self-esteem can benefit hugely from psychotherapy. By reducing negative self-talk and incorporating goal-setting, people can build their confidence and improve their lives.
Self-talk is the internal dialogue a person has about their image, happiness and capabilities. When negative thoughts repeat day after day, they can influence the choices a person makes in relation to work, relationships and ambitions. If someone’s self-talk is destructive, it can have far-reaching consequences on their wellbeing.
Common examples of negative self talk are catastrophising situtations, deflecting compliments, blaming oneself unnecessarily for things that have happened, replaying scenarios that you perceive as your fault and projecting negative interpretations onto situations.
By identifying your thought patterns and showing yourself more compassion, you can start to improve. Building your self esteem is a process but so worth undertaking for long term contentment and the ability to flourish. Psychotherapy can help you build a healthy relationship with yourself and as your self-esteem improves, it will greatly benefit all other parts of your life.
IAHIP Psychotherapists are trained to help
navigate people through low Self Esteem and Confidence issues.
You can search the IAHIP Psychotherapist Directory for these particular issues.
On the Directory page, simply type Self Esteem into the ‘Areas of Interest’ Box:
For more information on Self Esteem and Confidence challenges, you can access articles from our professional journal - Inside Out. Go to the top left of this website page and enter ‘Self Esteem’ into the search box.