Low Self-Esteem

The impact of low self-esteem can be devastating. When our confidence suffers, all areas of our life suffer too.

What is Low Self-Esteem?

When we experience low self-esteem, we perceive ourselves as defective or flawed in some important way. We might describe ourselves as worthless, inadequate or a failure. These self-beliefs are often held at a very deep level and can become more powerful as life goes on. As a result, other problems are likely to develop including harsh self-criticism, difficulties being assertive, social isolation, and avoiding potential opportunities in life. This can lead to a vicious cycle where low self-esteem holds you back, which in turn reinforces your negative view of yourself.    

Treatment for Low Self-Esteem

Improving self-esteem can have a dramatic impact upon one’s relationships and confidence, and can help reduce problematic symptoms of anxiety and low mood. I have considerable experience working with self-esteem and low self-confidence, both as the main focus for therapy and alongside the treatment of related difficulties (for example, eating difficulties or depression).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for self-esteem which focuses upon both how negative self-beliefs develop and how they have been maintained in the here-and-now. CBT can also help develop skills which boost self-esteem including assertiveness, managing criticism and recognising personal strengths and abilities.

Sometimes low self-esteem can be so entrenched that more intensive forms of psychotherapy are needed. In such cases, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy can be useful additions to treatment.


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Dr Gabrielle Brady -Consultant Counselling Psychologist, Cognitive Analytic Therapist.

Clinics in London Euston, Mayfair and Online

email: hello@drgabriellebrady.com

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