Self-Esteem

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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So many of us live in a constant state of disconnection. Disconnection from ourselves, from those around us, disconnection from our joy. So many of us are carrying around stories that were passed down to us from our families of origin, society, friends, and social media, all of which can overshadow how we feel about ourselves and the value we believe we hold. These old beliefs limit our ability to recognize our worthiness.

— Mallory Kroll, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Concord, MA

There are moments where we can all feel lost and confused on who we are and what we value. Self esteem can be a rollercoaster where we can experience the highs and lows. Being able to navigate our values and to get a better understanding of ourselves can allow for us to effectively build upon on our self esteem. Building upon your confidence will allow you to achieve goals within your life while continuing to build upon love for yourself.

— Kayla Kalousdian, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

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

I have undergone training in mindful self-compassion, a research-supported, evidence-based intervention that helps individuals grow to authentically accept all of themselves to make way for happier relationships, personal growth, and more satisfaction out of life. Maybe you are falling short of your goals or are afraid to take the next step in life because of limiting beliefs. If you're reading this, wondering if therapy can help; please know that you're worth it! I look forward to meeting you.

— Kayla Freeman, Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

I help clients overcome low self-esteem, so they can realize that they are already-- and have always been-- "enough."

— Sarah McCune, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I am a Certified Mindfulness and Internal Family Systems Therapist and have over 7 years of experience working with clients from various backgrounds and cultures to heal self esteem concerns.

— La Tanya Wallace, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in San Diego, 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 San Francisco, CA

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
 

Feeling that you are not good enough, don’t measure up? Comparing yourself to others? These are thoughts that can hold you back and keep you stuck. In our sessions, we will explore patterns of thought and behavior that keep you from reaching your potential. Key to this is exploring your values and how closely you connect with them day to day.

— Edmond Ryan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Graham, WA

Growing up is tough to begin with, now add the challenges presented by today's world. From Covid to Social Media, the stress has been real. How can adolescents feel good about themselves when pressure has come from every angle? I work to help adolescents process their feelings and thoughts related not only to themselves but the world around them.

— Marcey Heschel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cypress, TX
 

In a world filled with messages from TV, printed material, & social media, it's common to compare ourselves to others. From looks, money, or how many likes we get online, the message often seems to be "you're not good enough." But that's just not true. You are not just good enough; you are valuable and important. Strengthening your sense of self is key to having good self-esteem, and that naturally makes life better. Having the right support can help you feel better about yourself.

— Jamie Sockol, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , FL

For so many people, our sense of worthiness and value are impacted by external factors. Things like our standards of beauty, media messaging about ‘success,’ expectations for what we’re ‘supposed’ to do or have accomplished. When our ideas about who we are and how we’re doing clash with these external factors, that can leave us feeling pretty shitty. Where does your sense of self and worthiness come from? Does that still feel like a fit for you?

— Kailey Hockridge, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
 

Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect.

— Lauren Finn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Are you struggling with low self-esteem and finding it difficult to navigate through daily life? Our therapist specializes in helping individuals build a healthier and more positive self-image. Through personalized sessions, you'll learn techniques to challenge negative self-talk, build self-confidence, and cultivate a more fulfilling life. With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, our therapist will work with you to create a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your tho

— Kimberly McKillop, Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker in Sarasota, FL
 

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

Self-esteem allows us to have a sense of self that is strong, independent and effective in their life. Often, it can be affected by what happens to us in childhood, adolescence or as young adults. It is important to find out what is the cause of poor self-esteem and the best approach to effectively deal with it.

— Robert Bowman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

If it is difficult to feel as though your needs and wants matter, if you aren't sure that what you are experiencing is "bad enough" to receive support, if you know how it feels to have "imposter syndrome", always waiting for someone to find out that you aren't measuring up, I can help. In therapy, we learn together what it is that you need to feel comfortable and courageous enough to be in your own skin.

— Ellen Tarby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ithaca, NY

You feel like a mess, full of insecurities and indecision.  It’s even hard for you to take a compliment.  The voice in your head is your worst critic.  You know it’s time to do something about your low self esteem. I use a combination of exploring the root causes of your low self esteem and practical strategies to employ immediately so you can strengthen your self-confidence/  self-esteem, and begin developing the life you are capable of having and deserve.

— Jon Waller, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Therapy and changing our beliefs, behavior, and how we think about ourselves can raise our self-esteem. I use a 'person-centered' approach when it comes to address issues with self-worth - meaning that we work from the inside out. Additionally I use CBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based approaches to address these concerns so you recognize and change the core beliefs that get in the way of building confidence.

— Brionna Yanko, Psychotherapist in Denver, CO