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Therapy to Improve Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a fundamental aspect of our psychological well-being, influencing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. It plays a significant role in shaping our self-concept and can impact various aspects of our lives, from personal relationships to professional success.


Psychological therapy provides a powerful tool for enhancing self-esteem and fostering a positive self-image. 

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Understanding self-esteem

Self-esteem is the overall subjective assessment of one's worth and value. It encompasses self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-confidence.


Low self-esteem can manifest as self-doubt, self-criticism, and a persistent sense of unworthiness, while healthy self-esteem reflects a positive self-concept and self-worth.

Psychological therapy for self-esteem

Psychological therapy offers a structured and supportive environment for individuals to explore the underlying causes of low self-esteem and develop strategies to improve it.

Various therapeutic approaches can be effective.

Therapeutic approaches to help low self-esteem

Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to low self-esteem.

 It offers practical strategies to change self-critical thoughts and improve self-image.

Self-Compassion-Based Approaches

Therapies that focus on self-compassion teach individuals to treat themselves with the same kindness and understanding they would offer to a friend.


This approach encourages self-acceptance and self-compassion, fostering positive self-esteem.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy helps individuals reframe their life stories and identify alternative narratives that promote self-empowerment and positive self-image.

Positive Psychology

Positive psychology interventions, such as gratitude exercises and strengths-based approaches, aim to enhance self-esteem by focusing on personal strengths and positive experiences.

Benefits of Psychological therapy for self-esteem


Improved Self-Image: Therapy helps individuals develop a more positive and realistic self-concept, reducing self-criticism and fostering self-acceptance.


Enhanced Self-Confidence: Through therapy, individuals gain the confidence to face challenges, set and achieve goals, and take risks.


Better Coping Skills: Therapy equips individuals with healthy coping mechanisms to manage self-doubt, criticism, and emotional distress.


Improved Relationships: As self-esteem improves, so does the ability to engage in healthier and more satisfying interpersonal relationships.


Emotional Resilience: Therapy provides tools for managing setbacks and adversities, fostering emotional resilience and mental well-being.


Life Satisfaction: Individuals with improved self-esteem often report higher overall life satisfaction and a sense of fulfilment.

Psychological therapy offers a transformative approach to improving self-esteem and fostering a positive self-image. The benefits are numerous, from better self-confidence to enhanced relationships and overall life satisfaction. If you're struggling with self-esteem issues, consider reaching out to one of our psychologists.

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