What is low self-esteem?
How we see ourselves can have a huge effect on how we function in our day-to-day lives. Low self-esteem can lead to distressing emotions and life struggles. Find out how counselling can help.
Low self-esteem is characterised by feeling bad about oneself and a lack of confidence. People with low self-esteem can feel awkward, shy, incompetent and unlikable. They are usually sensitive and have a fragile sense of self, which is easily bruised by other people.
Research show that low self-esteem is linked to an absence of self-compassion.
Problems arising from low self-esteem
Not recognising our own value and self-worth can impact our actions, behaviours and every other aspect of our lives. Low self-esteem can negatively affect your social life, family life and work life. It may also impede upon our ability to build and maintain relationships.
Low self-esteem can lead to other issues, including:
- Eating disorders and other harmful behaviour
How counselling can help
Often, those suffering from low self-esteem have developed a belief system about themselves and how others see them. These beliefs can often be inaccurate and can interfere with their everyday life, restricting actions and behaviour.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help these people work through their issues and change this belief system. Speaking to a counsellor can help them find a sense of self-worth, explore self-compassion techniques and discover a path to recovery.
Need help with low self-esteem?
At the FORD Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, our professionally trained therapists are here to listen. They will provide a warm and welcoming space where you can discuss your issues. Their person-centred care provides a gentle and respectful approach to counselling/psychotherapy, which will empower you to change your thinking and beliefs about yourself.