Low Self-Esteem and Self-Doubt

Low self-esteem and self-doubt can be caused by patterns of negative, distorted, and unrealistic thinking patterns that reinforce themselves when they are left unchallenged.

Therapy for low-self esteem and self-doubt involves a process of exploring new and more helpful ways of thinking about ourselves and our strengths and weaknesses.  It also includes identifying things that can be done from a behavioral perspective that increase self-esteem.  It might mean challenging assumptions by trying new things and learning ways to practice a greater level of self-compassion.

Factors that contribute to low self-esteem vary by individual, but may include some of the following:

  • Unhappy childhood or disapproving parents and authority figures
  • Neglect
  • Academic or career challenges
  • Perceived failures
  • Unrealistic standards set by society and the media
  • Messages received from the people we surround ourselves with
  • Past Trauma
  • Belief Systems
  • Negative, unrealistic, or distorted thinking patterns
  • Past trauma or abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual)
  • Bullying
  • Ongoing stressful life events
  • Financial difficulties
  • Comparing self to others
  • Rejection in the context of dating or other relationships
  • Lack of self-care or self-compassion
  • Poor relationship boundaries

If you’re considering starting counseling to address low-self esteem, you can send us a message or you can call or text 727-258-5231.  We’ll get to the bottom of root causes and develop a plan for improving self-esteem and developing healthier ways of thinking.

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