An individual’s self-esteem reflects how they feel about themselves and can have great impact on wellbeing. If we have a healthy self-esteem this helps us feel good about ourselves and life in general, meaning that when we face challenges we feel better equipped to deal with them. However, those with low self-esteem can often experience feeling of self-doubt, leading to a very self-critical mind-set, meaning that even day-to-day tasks and decisions can feel overwhelming.
What causes low self-esteem?
I believe our self-esteem begins to be shaped from a young age by the messages we receive from those closest to us. Whether these messages are positive or negative will determine their influence on our views and opinions of ourselves, others, and the world around us in later life.
How can counselling help?
Counselling can offer the opportunity to challenge low self-esteem by exploring the link between your own thoughts, feelings and emotions, as well as discovering how your self-esteem may have been shaped by past experiences and/ or the relationships in your life. While this process is not easy, I am hopeful that by taking time to explore this in a safe and supportive environment, it will allow you to gain a greater level of self-awareness and understanding of yourself, and with support, take steps to think and feel more positively moving forward.