What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is how we feel about ourselves. It is a personal evaluation of our abilities and our self-worth. If you have high self-esteem you recognize you are able to achieve great things, are proud of who you are and what you do, and have a high level of self-respect. If you have low self-esteem you are less confident in yourself and will likely experience decreased self-worth. Therapy focusing on personal growth can help build self-esteem.
Causes for low self-esteem Low self-esteem generally results from experiences in one’s personal development. We are continually impacted by how others view, and treat, us. Throughout our lives, the feedback we receive from others, and our environment, influences our sense of self-worth. The experiences we live through can have a lasting impact on the development of our self esteem.
Signs and symptoms you may want to increase your self-esteem -Are you nervous about your abilities? -Do you often think “I can’t do that,” or “I shouldn’t say that”? -Are you overly focused on the negative things you do or say? -Do you recognize your strengths? -Are your fears holding you back? -Do you frequently call yourself “stupid,” “worthless,” “lazy,” or “ugly”? -Does it feel difficult, or impossible, to stand up for yourself? -Do you get what you need and want in your life?
Counseling for self-esteem and personal growth- How we can help Long term therapy that focuses on personal growth can help increase self-worth and enhance self-esteem. Personal development counseling is one method to help in building self esteem. This type of process oriented therapy can be the catalyst for personal growth. The therapists at Bailey & Associates are trained in a wide variety of therapeutic styles. If you are interested in pursuing this type of growth therapy, we would be happy to assist you through your journey.