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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Empowering individuals within a safe/brave environment, we connect, mirror, and encourage individuals to tear down their walls of self doubt with curiosity, love and compassion. We will identify how societal systems, social norms and trauma contribute to these beliefs of self and how that impacts your healing journey.

— Antoinette Eldemire, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

You'd be surprised how many successful people feel like they have no idea what they're doing. Maybe you judge yourself as never good enough no matter what you achieve, or that you can't afford to make mistakes. Together, we'll teach you skills to appreciate your strengths and successes instead of always focusing on what's wrong, and learn that flexibility is a faster way to your goals than rigid perfectionism.

— Joe Burke, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cary, NC

Self-esteem is at the core of many mental health conditions. Treating it involves gaining insight into what the negative beliefs are and why they seem so compelling. Changing how we think and feel about ourselves takes a lot of time and effort, but it can be done and is an important part of the treatment for many of my clients.

— Jason Waller, Psychotherapist in Powell, OH

I want to be happy; I want to feel better; I want to feel good about myself. Many people come in with these goals but feel hopeless about finding a path toward them. I hold a specialization in positive psychology, and a focus on esteem, worth, and meaning is deeply embedded in all of my work. I work with many people who are struggling to feel good about themselves or their lives and hoping for better.

— JD Wright, Psychologist in Gainesville, FL

I will help you: -Gain insight and self-awareness into yourself and your patterns, including what is holding you back from being where you want to be -Develop the solutions and skills you need to reach your goals -I will be your unyielding supporter as you change your life for the better

— Jeni Allton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Do you tend to devalue yourself? Do you judge yourself when you cannot meet up your expectations? Do you have self-doubt when you make a decision? If you can relate to one of above statements, you may experience low self-esteem. However, it can change as I am specialized in supporting clients with low self-esteem. I provide a safe space to help clients let go of the critical voice and cultivate self-compassion to themselves.

— Alison Huang, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Silver Spring, MD

Some of the most innovative and creative people suffer from low self-esteem, perfectionism and a harsh inner critic. I have personally and professionally found art making as a way to get close to and deepen our understanding of what is beneath the surface and into our internal world. This may mean discovering or uncovering our strengths we never knew we had.

— Stefanie Rodewald, Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

Research studies have shown that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments for low self-esteem. I believe that tools like CBT are beneficial but not before exploring where the root of self-esteem issues come from; whether that be early family life experience, societal bias, or unrealistic expectations placed on oneself.

— Jaxon Shaffer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beaverton, OR

How you feel about yourself impacts your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. I'd like to help you challenge your negative thought patterns about yourself which will improve your emotions and behaviors.

— Janay Bailey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

When confronted with difficult relationships, be it with a friend, family member, romantic partner, coworker, or employer, we often adopt roles to fit those relationships and compromise our relationship with ourselves. I help my clients to examine their relationships with themselves and others by observing what they do, how they think, and how they feel. We then use this information to heal the client's internal relationship with themselves and forge healthier external relationships.

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

Finding the causes of your negative thoughts and beliefs and then replacing them for positive affirmations and believes we will start building your self-confidence and self-esteem.

— liliana cardona, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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

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

I take a focus with almost all of my clients, to help them to develop a more positive self-image and self-acceptance. Low self-esteem often can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms. By addressing the way we view ourselves we can change the way we view the world. Self-compassion and positive talk has been a integral and transformative part of the work I have done over the past 5 years.

— Nicole Benedict, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

Problems with self-esteem can come in so many forms. It may come in the form of relationships - wondering if you're worthy of another's love or attention. It might come at work, with feelings like you are a fraud or you will never be good enough to advance in your career. It might come in the form of day to day anxieties - those little worries that can sometimes add up to paralyzing self-doubt. I want to help you sort through these worries and insecurities and develop new ways of coping and new thought patterns that can help counteract these beliefs. I also teach my clients mindfulness and self-compassion, which are tools that can help improve self-esteem.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Self-esteem challenges often go hand-in-hand with anxiety and are common within the LGBTQ+ community. Equally importantly, whatever good people may take from counseling must continue to be fueled by them, both between sessions and after counseling ends. People who develop a more confident or kinder self-concept are most likely to apply strategies to maintain their own wellbeing and pursue a fulfilling life. As such, I strive to support clients in developing intrinsic self-worth and empowerment.

— Amber George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA

As we go about our lives, we have thoughts and experiences that can shape how we view ourselves. Over time, if we find ourselves feeling devalued, invisible, or unworthy, our actions will follow as such. These actions can then either continue the lowering of our self-esteem or maintain it. My goal is to help you challenge automatic thoughts and the choices we make in a way that allows the healing process to begin. I want you to be able to find value and purpose within yourself.

— Dylan Lawson, Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

How much you appreciate and like yourself regardless of the circumstances is what we call self esteem. People with low self-esteem tend to feel less sure of their abilities and may doubt their decision-making process as well as having issues with relationships and expressing their needs. There are steps and therapy techniques that as a therapist I can provide to help you address problems with self-esteem.

— Adriana Beck, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

I help guide client's in improving self-worth/confidence through use of CBT/self-talk strategies, and exploring the root of where the lack of confidence/self-esteem stems from based on their past experiences (childhood, past relationships, etc).

— Rachel Relkin, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY