Self-esteem is the sense of value or worth that a person feels about him or herself.
Everyone has a sense of who they are. This includes their self-image, their memories, their abilities, their personality and how they relate to other people. This sense of self is formed over time in response to external events and how a person reacts to and thinks about them. A person who believes in him or herself, knows and accepts their positive and negative aspects and has confidence in their abilities to meet life’s challenges will have a healthy level of self -esteem.
A person who feels they have little or no value suffers from a low self-esteem.
If a person has had difficult childhood experiences or finds themselves coping with stressful challenges over a long period of time they can develop low self-esteem. Also, a person who pays more attention to their negative aspects and who often feels self-doubt can struggle with low self-esteem.
If you are suffering from low self-esteem you may find it affects how you feel and how you deal with challenges. It may have influenced your behaviour and the choices you have made. You also may find yourself suffering from anxiety and depression if it is not addressed.
In counselling, Anna can help you to learn about self-esteem and how it operates. You will be able to recognise your levels of self-esteem and how they have been influenced over time.
Using CBT Anna will help you identify how your self-esteem affects your life. You will engage in tasks designed to challenge your self-doubts and negative beliefs and also learn strategies to help you cope more effectively with life’s challenges. This will help you to develop a more positive self attitude and improve your self-esteem.