The term self-esteem refers to our overall subjective emotional evaluation of our own worth – in other words, it’s your attitude towards yourself. Self-esteem begins to take shape in childhood and can be influenced by many factors, including early experiences at home or school, familial relationships, the media, your age and role in society and how people react to you. It is totally normal for your self-esteem to fluctuate – for example feeling down about yourself once in awhile. However, most individuals develop a baseline self-esteem that remains fairly constant over the course of their lifetimes. If you are struggling with low self-esteem, you likely spend significant time criticizing yourself and you may experience frequent feelings of shame and self-doubt. The good news is that, with work, you can change your baseline self-esteem. Therapy for self-esteem issues can help you work toward feeling confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s self-esteem experts today.

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Sometimes it can be hard to put your finger on what is causing those feelings of emptiness or a sense of not being good enough. We can work together to look into your past and see where this pattern began so that you can break out of the cycle of self-criticism. That critical voice is trying to protect you from something, but it doesn't seem to be working anymore. We can work together to find a way to love all the parts of yourself and get them on the same page working towards your goals.

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA

Many of us struggle with our self-esteem. We often have negative self talk and see ourselves as imperfect. I believe that most healing starts with forgiving and accepting yourself as a perfectly imperfect human being. You are worthy of love, respect and care just as you are, right now. My clients have benefitted from my ability to help them make peace with their inner self. I create a calm, relaxed environment where they can be safe to express themselves honestly.

— Katie Robey, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Gatos, CA

I use a strength based approach and help clients challenge negative thoughts contributing to low self esteem

— Lisbeth Gannon Take Action Art Therapy LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Woodbury, CT

I work with individuals to re-build trust in themselves, to hear their own voice, and connect with their desires to live an empowered life.

— Brianna Hawk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Are you your own worst critic? Do you feel that you can never be good enough? Those feelings come from the constant barrage of messages from family, friends, and media that tell us how we should be, or how we fall short of someone else’s expectations. And then we repeat those messages over and over in our minds until we fully believe them. But these messages aren’t truth. The authentic You has been buried under all this pile of accusations and disappointments. I will work with you to help reclaim your real identity and rewrite the story that you play in your thoughts. I have had clients who now walk through life proud of who they are, confident in what they bring, and excited with where they are going. I would love to work with you to see how far you can go.

— Jaclin Belabri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

Feeling paralyzed by low self-worth, fear, limiting beliefs or the comparison trap? I help individuals feeling energetically and emotionally drained restore their confidence in themselves while rediscovering their purpose to finally feel free & inspired. If you're feeling disconnected from yourself and your vision, let's work together and start releasing the expectations and beliefs that are holding you back!

— Christina Rogers, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

I help work with client on their self-esteem through different approaches such as acceptance and commitment , working through art, talk therapy, workbooks and other ways.

— Jody Allen, Counselor in Arlington, WA

Are you struggling to connect, feeling lonely or misunderstood? Explore your values with me and find your path to becoming your authentic self, thereby attracting more like-minded people into your life.

— Nicola Gosen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bellingham, WA

Self-esteem also has to do with how we relate to ourselves and not just our relationships with others. The work I do around this topic is some of the most meaningful!In my work I use a three step system to help you improve upon your self esteem. I will work to help explore your level current of self esteem and confidence. Then get the history of where lower self esteem originated, and then give you tools methods to get to loving and respecting yourself

— Roma Williams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Houston, TX

I have firsthand experience on the difficulties of low self esteem and have developed a tool kit of activities and tricks that can help you reconnect with self love and self compassion when speaking positively about yourself feels foreign and sometimes even impossible.

— Cassie Rovig, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

Throughout our lives, our self-esteem gets knocked around a lot. It's like a rollercoaster ride with highs and usually a lot of lows. It is important to understand that self-esteem isn't just about our relationship with our bodies, but with our non-physical attributes. Self-esteem affects not only our relationship to ourselves but also how we interact with others.

— Ashley Lesovoy, Clinical Social Worker

Exploring self esteem, Conditonal/Unconditional positive regard.

— Derrick Palmer, Social Worker in ,

I want to help you find your path to self-acceptance and self-compassion.

— Michael Germany, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Recognizing and addressing unproductive thinking patterns, building on strengths, and assertiveness training.

— Manuela Valdivieso, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

To improve self-esteem, I will help you learn how to trust your gut and really pay attention to what is happening inside of you. Our intuition is often referred to as our “inner voice” most commonly known as a gut feeling. Body Psychotherapy & Embodied Spirituality utilize the body as a compass along with visualization and mindfulness, to create healthy boundaries in your relationships, so that you have space to manifest how you want to be in the world, and heal negative thinking patterns.

— Lina Návar, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

How we show up for the world and others is often rooted by the relationship that we have with ourselves. If we desire change or healing, it often has to begin within. Using mindfulness and body based approaches like Brainspotting, I guide clients in exercises that connect to their bodies, creating more awareness, curiosity, and groundedness. The body and intuition can be a profound place start practicing self compassion and esteem.

— Sandy Huynh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Our self-esteem along with self-worth is how we value & perceive ourselves. Low self-esteem affects our decision-making, what we tolerate and accept from others & our willingness to pursue opportunities. Our self-esteem & self-worth are directly linked to our happiness and self-respect. What we think of ourselves, our internal thoughts, significantly influence our mental health.

— Lynette Cisneros, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Raleigh, NC

Self esteem is about how you view yourself. If you view yourself in a positive light and feel you have what it takes to overcome life challenges, that is called high self esteem. If you don't have a positive assessment of yourself, or feel like you can't overcome life challenges, that is called low self esteem. Another term that is used interchangeably is self image. Low self esteem chips away at life quality and it takes a toll on emotional health. I can help you to improve your self esteem.

— Tonya Jordan, Licensed Professional Counselor

What will it take for you to finally feel like you're good enough? What does your harsh inner critic think you need to improve? No matter how much you achieve on paper, you may still feel undeserving of praise. Through CBT, we'll untangle what recurring thoughts and core beliefs are complicating your relationship with yourself. Have highly critical, emotionally unavailable parents or a toxic work environment gotten in your head? You don't have to keep thinking this way.

— Lisa Andresen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA