by Dr. Becky Spelman on 20/08/2020
Low self-esteem is a relatively common problem that has the potential to seriously limit the sufferer’s capacity to enjoy a happy and fulfilled life. Our Therapists can work with patients to understand the origins of their problem, and learn how to address the issue in a positive way.
WHAT IS SELF-ESTEEM?
The term “self-esteem” refers to your own personal assessment of your worth, and your attitude towards yourself. If your self-esteem is high, you are likely to consider yourself to be competent and worthy of love and respect. If you suffer from low self-esteem, you may feel that you are not worthy of consideration, love or respect, and you are likely to underestimate your own capacities and skills. For some people low self-esteem is more subtle and only triggered in certain areas of their life for example only in intimate relationships, group situations or public speaking.
Unsurprisingly, low self-esteem can have considerable repercussions in every area of your life, from work to romance. If you have low self-esteem, there may be some level at which you feel yourself unworthy of promotion or of being loved. You may find it hard to ask for help when you need it, feeling that an admission of need is just another sign of failure. When you are criticised, you are likely to overreact. You might find it difficult to make decisions, always worrying that you will make a mistake.
For many, problems with self-esteem are very literally stopping them from being as happy as they could or should be. This is why most psychologists recognise self-esteem as a basic human need; without healthy levels of self-esteem, it is very difficult for anyone to have a fulfilling life.
TREATMENT FOR LOW SELF-ESTEEM
Self-esteem related issues are a common problem that many people face at some point in their lives. Seriously limiting the sufferer’s ability to enjoy the activities they’re doing and impacting on wellbeing, it’s a serious issue that can benefit from external, professional support. Some people may be scared to seek expert advice when it comes to self-esteem but it can give you the tools you need to move forward and take control.
While issues with self-esteem can often be traced back to experiences of childhood and adolescence, someone who has problems in this area now really needs to learn a new way of seeing themselves, and their place in the world. This is where therapy can make a big, and very positive, difference, regardless of the origins of the issue.
If you have been struggling with issues of self-esteem, you may find it very useful to meet with a therapist who will be able to assess you and suggest a way forward. Depending on your unique situation, a psychologist, psychotherapist or psychiatrist can engage with you to find a treatment plan. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which focuses on finding practical, pragmatic solutions that will help you to think about yourself differently, and respond in a more conscious, positive way to the threats to your self-esteem in your environment, can help. Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) is another proven therapy that can provide real relief for the anxiety that is often present with low self esteem.
How does therapy for self-esteem related issues work?
Effective treatment for low self-esteem will track back to where the issue stems from and seek to provide each patient with the tools they need to make positive chances through a bespoke treatment plan.
Low self-esteem isn’t an issue that should be ignored. It can often lead to or be connected with other issues, having an even greater impact on how patients view themselves. For instance, it can mean individuals feel the pressure to be perfect, experience body dysmorphic disorder, or develop social anxiety. Through providing treatment before it develops further, you’re able to limit the impact that low self-esteem has on your life.
We work with you, taking the time to fully understand how your self-image is affecting the different aspects of your life. Every treatment we deliver considers the individual and is assessed to see how effective it is, ensuring you receive the best strategies for your self-esteem issues.
How Can I Get Help for Self-Esteem Issues In London and the UK?
If you would like to talk to someone about counselling or self-esteem issues in London, please get in touch with us at the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at 020 38871738 or book online.