What is Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem describes how we feel about ourselves, how much we like ourselves, and how worthy and capable we feel as a person in any given situation. Someone with a healthy, balanced level of self-esteem generally feels “good-enough” about themselves and their abilities, feels worthy of love, respect, and the good things that life has to offer.
Those with healthy levels of self-esteem are more willing to pursue personal goals and overcome challenges because they believe in their ability to accomplish them. They tend not to over-personalize negative judgement or criticism, and can tolerate mistakes without internalizing beliefs about themselves such as “I am a failure.” They also tend to have an overall positive outlook and perspective on life.
Individuals that struggle with lower self-esteem tend to evaluate themselves as less worthy than others, “not good-enough”, and have difficulty believing in their ability to achieve desired goals in life. They tend to beat themselves up, focus on their limitations, and rarely put their needs first. They have difficulty saying “no”, being assertive, and maintaining healthy boundaries with others. As a result of low self-esteem, individuals will often settle for mediocracy in terms of health, relationships, career, and overall life satisfaction leading to challenges with depression, anxiety, and shame.
How Do We Improve Self-Esteem?
Straight Up Treatment utilizes the most effective strategies to help improve self-esteem and help you feel better about yourself. Below are some of the interventions we use to target self-esteem, and how they can produce results for you or your child.
CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy– Learn how to shift perspectives, be flexible, and change your behavior so that you can feel better. Learn more here.
Exposure Therapy – Face your fears gradually, with support, and you will build confidence to overcome them. Learn more here.
Psychodynamic– Gain insight into who you are and heal from your past. Learn more here.
Self-Compassion Training– Stop beating yourself up and learn to be more kind to yourself when things get tough.
Assertiveness Training– Find your voice, be heard, and learn how to stand up for yourself.
Our unique integrative approach utilizes all of these evidenced-based techniques – building awareness, learning new skills, and improving the relationship with yourself and others in the long-term.
When Should I Seek Support?
Challenges with self-esteem become problematic when negative feelings you hold about yourself and lack of confidence start to hold you back from getting the most out of life. Lower levels of self-esteem can also lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.
If you are struggling with self-esteem issues and it is interfering with you achieving your goals and feeling satisfied in your life, then you may want to learn some tools and skills that can help improve your confidence and overall self-perception.
That’s where we come in – click here now!