Everyone struggles with their self-esteem from time to time given the nature of the society we will in. However, for some individuals the struggle can be pervasive and can interfere with multiple areas of their life. Low self-esteem can cause us to become very critical of ourselves and interfere with the relationship we have with ourselves, and others. It can also affect our ability to pursue the things in life that can bring us joy and fulfillment. Low self-esteem is typically the result of a history of trauma, including abuse or neglect.
Counselling for self-esteem focuses on helping individuals cultivate self-compassion to replace the unhealthy thinking and behavioural patterns characteristic of low self-esteem. The aim is to change the type of relationship we have with ourselves. Self-esteem is a fair-weather friend that we want to replace with the compassionate-self, who will be there for us when we need it the most.
Teresa specializes in compassion-focused therapy which directly targets self-esteem issues. If you think that this type of counselling can help you, please reach out.