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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Do you feel like you are a good person? I am regularly dismayed at how many people I talk to that tell me No, they don't think they are. Why? Do you have bad intentions? Do you want to hurt people? Do you refuse responsibilities that are yours? Let's explore where this idea of you as a bad person came from, break it down, shine a light on the lie you've been believing about yourself. Without that thought dragging you down, true wellness is on the horizon.

— Kasey Benthin-Staley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Columbus, OH

The way we speak to ourselves has a major impact on the way we interact with ourselves, our relationships with others, and the world around us. I place a high importance on affirmations and self-talk in all of my clinical work.

— Krystina Cespedes, Student Therapist in Chicago, IL

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 Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

When working with clients struggling with low self-esteem, I encourage the exploration of dominant narratives that have shaped their self-perception. This may include internalized messages from family, peers, society, and their own self-judgment. I also introduce exercises that help develop self-compassion, highlight alternative perspectives, and identify strengths and skills.

— Karley White, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fullerton, CA

One of the things that happens in the framework of a family is that the mother and father figures are at the top, meaning any kids have to fight from underneath that structure. No child gets enough support to handle what it takes to become an adult. This means, turning from a youth to an adult takes more insight than we have when we start out. A person this age and going through these experiences is fragile, often self-critical, and can be depressed, creating low self-esteem.

— Benjamin Meyer, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

Trained and experienced in treating clients with a variety of self-esteem issues and disorders.

— Michele Koenes, Licensed Master of Social Work in Ada, MI

Through techniques like CBT, mindfulness, and self-reflection, I assist clients in challenging negative self-beliefs and cultivating self-compassion. I help them identify and build upon their strengths, set realistic goals, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. My aim is to foster a positive self-image, enhance self-acceptance, and empower clients to develop a greater sense of confidence and self-worth.

— Alina Halonen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in West Hollywood, CA

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 have worked with many women and men who initially seek out counseling for anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work issues--and often underlying these problems is a lack of trust in themselves, lots of negative self-talk, and unfinished healing from past family and relationship events. My hope is to create a safe environment to better understand what is happening and to then collaborate in implementing skills that will foster self-confidence, and self acceptance.

— Amanda Rebel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

Releasing fear and grabbing hold of your inner strength to be able to release your internal dialogue of power, boldness and confidence. This will be explored through mantras, affirmations, guided meditation, and the power of presence.

— Collene Taylor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Rockford, IL

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

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. We help you to improve self esteem.

— Live Life Now! Counseling and Coaching Tonya Jordan- Lead Clinician and Point of Contact, Sheena Kelly, Clinician, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked with numerous individuals to help them raise their self-esteem and improve or even create a sense of self-worth. I can help clients to identify negative beliefs about themselves that don't match up with reality, challenge them, and use more positive, realistic thoughts with themselves. I have also used EMDR to help clients re-process traumatic events that effect their self-esteem.

— Margot Nevin, Clinical Social Worker in Marion, OH

Lack of self-esteem can negatively affect all aspects of life and mental health generally. I work with people with low self-esteem to access the part of themselves that is confident and courageous. By increasing the trust within the internal system, a person can gain greater ability to take care of themselves, have self-compassion and find their voice.

— Elena Mitchel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Albuquerque, NM

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

Addressing self-esteem issues is vital in helping people reach their goals. Low self-esteem may result in difficulty in relationships and work. You can easily become discouraged and take things personally. Talk-therapy is just one proven way to help with those who suffer from low-self esteem. I will explore with you ways to strengthen your sense of self by helping you discover your values and other changes you can make to help you feel more empowered.

— Karen Maloney, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 McLean, VA