Therapy for Improving
Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
Can therapy help with my self-esteem?
Self-esteem and self-worth are related to how we value ourselves and our abilities. They affect our confidence, motivation, and happiness. People with low self-esteem or self-worth may feel insecure, inadequate, or unworthy of love and respect.
Low self-worth and self-esteem can be the result of many different things
- Mistreatment by others
- Bullying and surviving abuse
- Negative self-talk
- Lack of positive supports
Therapy can help with improving self-esteem and self-worth by providing a safe and supportive space to explore the root causes of negative self-image, challenge distorted beliefs, and develop coping skills. Therapy can also help with identifying and celebrating one’s strengths, achievements, and values, as well as fostering positive relationships with oneself and others.
What are the top signs of low self-esteem or self-worth?
People who have low self-esteem or self-worth often have a negative view of themselves and their abilities, and may struggle with confidence, happiness, and relationships. Here are some of the top signs of low self-esteem and self-worth:
- Sensitivity to criticism: People with low self-esteem or self-worth may be extra sensitive to criticism, whether from others or themselves. They may see it as confirming their flaws and failures, and feel ashamed or defensive. They may also have difficulty accepting positive feedback or compliments, and dismiss them as insincere or undeserved.
- Social withdrawal: People with low self-esteem or self-worth may avoid social situations or interactions, because they fear being judged, rejected, or embarrassed. They may isolate themselves from others, or cancel plans at the last minute. They may also have trouble making or keeping friends, or expressing their needs and feelings in relationships.
- Hostility: People with low self-esteem or self-worth may lash out at others, especially if they feel threatened or exposed. They may be aggressive, rude, or sarcastic, and blame others for their problems. They may also have difficulty trusting others, or feel paranoid or suspicious of their motives.
- Excessive preoccupation with personal problems: People with low self-esteem or self-worth may constantly worry about their own issues, and neglect other aspects of their lives. They may ruminate over their mistakes, failures, or shortcomings, and magnify their negative qualities. They may also have trouble empathizing with others, or helping them with their problems.
- Physical symptoms: People with low self-esteem or self-worth may experience mental and physical health problems, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, or self-harm. They may also have poor hygiene, appearance, or posture, and neglect their personal care. They may also suffer from headaches, stomachaches, fatigue, or insomnia.
These are some of the most common signs of low self-esteem and self-worth, but there may be others as well. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, it is important to seek professional help.
How can therapy help improve self-esteem and self-worth?
Some of the benefits of therapy for self-esteem and self-worth are:
- Increased self-acceptance and self-compassion
- Reduced self-criticism and perfectionism
- Enhanced self-confidence and assertiveness
- Improved mood and well-being
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Better communication and interpersonal skills
- Greater satisfaction and fulfillment in life
If you are struggling with low self-esteem or self-worth, you are not alone. Many people feel this way, but not everyone seeks help. Therapy can be a helpful way to overcome it and discover your true potential.
You deserve to feel good about yourself and your abilities. You are worthy of love and respect. You are enough.