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.

Need help finding the right therapist?
Find Your Match

Meet the specialists


The way you feel about yourself matters, and in a world that constantly showcases perfection, it is all too easy to want to hide who you really are. Developing a sense of who you are and learning how to honor that person starts with realizing that you are valuable and worthy of honor and respect. Through narrative theory, we can work together to explore who you are and empower you to be yourself more confidently.

— Jacob Santhouse, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

Together we'll work on you realizing that people admire you because you are an AMAZING individual! You have many admirable qualities and everyone around you notices that. We just have to work together to remind you of how great you are! You'll realize that you’re not an imposter. You worked hard to get to where you’re at. You’ve earned all the good things that life has presented you with by showcasing the knowledge and capabilities you posses. In therapy, you’ll realize that you are worthy!

— Darryon Spencer, Licensed 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

For the past 5 years in the mental health field I have helped people understand, identify, and grow through self-esteem issues. I have found as a therapist that self-esteem issues is one of the core factors that contributes to peoples mental health concerns. This is a very serious issue and one that I handle very gently.

— Daniel Lavelle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vienna, VA

Navigating the body conscious world we live in can be difficult and disheartening. Fears, concerns, and struggles with body image can be shared and discussed in a safe therapeutic environment. Fostering self-compassion and positive self-talk can be achieved through our work together.

— Sydney Lerner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

All people experience self-esteem issues from time to time, but young people are especially prone. From the thrill of newfound autonomy to the panic and pressures of finding yourself and your place in the world, life is full of intense emotions. Let's work together so that you receive support and concrete skills to navigate a range of challenges such as negative and self-limiting beliefs, fears, and more. My goal is to help you feel confident in your authentic self!

— Ashley Baglieri, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

Loving and accepting yourself as you authentically are is not as easy as it sounds. For everyone, the journey toward self care is different. I will listen to you and be there for you as you learn how to value and respect yourself. You deserve care. I can help.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

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

As a narrative therapist, I am interested in how our stories get told and how they affect how we see ourselves. I am curious how society, family, and injustices rob people of their most powerful identities. I have many years of experience collaborating with clients to move toward their hopes for liveliness, happiness, and self-empowerment.

— Lucy Cotter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

We often use self-esteem to describe a feeling of confidence and security in ourselves. A solid sense of self-esteem can be one of the most powerful things that we can build for ourselves; yet, sometimes it can feel as fleeting as our mood. Instead of this superficial sense of confidence, let's create a deeply grounded sense of "self" that is authentic, purposeful, and resilient, irregardless of your environment or others around you. This may be the biggest gift you can give to yourself.

— I-Ching Grace Hung, Psychologist in New York, NY

I'd rather this title be "self-worth", which as I see it, is a root cause for much of mental illness. Why do we stay in abusive relationships? Why do we make self-destructive decisions? Why do we struggle to take care of ourselves? Low self-worth convinces us, at a core level, that our happiness is unachievable or unreasonable. I believe we are all worthy and capable of feeling loved, happy, and fulfilled. Let's get you there together!

— Grace Wood, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Building awareness around your truest self, thoughts, and desires can support you in feeling more confident. Gestalt therapy strongly supports this practice!

— Jordan Ries, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pittsburgh, PA

I am strength based in my approach and will help you to see what is working for you in your life and build on that. By focusing on your strengths, your confidence will build, you'll feel better about yourself, and start to feel empowered to change the behaviors that are no longer working for you.

— Tracy Sondern, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

If you're struggling with low self-worth, you may find yourself taking care of everyone else's needs but neglecting your own. You might feel burnt out or unfulfilled in your work and relationships, and if you're honest with yourself, it may have been like this for as long as you can remember. Using attachment based interventions, we will explore the root causes of low self-worth and work though the hurt that is holding you back from experiencing the simple joys of life.

— Shanice Applewhaite, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Diego, CA

You’re doing everything “right” but you still feel dissatisfied. You have trouble letting go of the “shoulds” and “ought tos.” aybe you are a recovering (or hoping to become recovering) people-pleaser, seeking to figure out who you are independent of your utility to others. Let’s shift beliefs and patterns that no longer serve you in favor of relearning to trust your innate wisdom.

— Elizabeth Orrick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

In an ever-changing world both online and in-person, there are too many voices impacting how we view ourselves and determine our worth. I bring a non-judgmental and curious approach to support you in exploration, identity discovery, and expansion.

— Alex Moritz Brooks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA