Self esteem

Self-esteem or low self-confidence

Self-esteem or low self-confidence can be the ideas or thoughts we have about ourselves and how we think others perceive us.  Self-esteem is a personal judgement of worthiness expressed in the attitudes we hold towards ourselves.  People who have low self-esteem tend to use strong critical self-talk, reflected in negative thinking that can diminish their confidence holding themselves back to the challenges they may face in life.

A therapist can enable a person to identify their negative belief systems and to develop coping strategies by setting goals, helping them to regain control of their life. Through an exploration of negative self-talk and by using cognitive restructuring techniques, self-perception can be changed in response to acceptance and encouragement in the therapeutic relationship, creating a more accurate and realistic self-evaluation.