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
- 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)
- 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.