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  • Writer's pictureEllie Bull

Working with Low Self-Esteem

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

Low self-esteem is a deeply personal struggle that affects individuals on a profound level. It tends to be characterised by a persistent negative self-perception and a lack of belief in one's own worth and abilities. Low self-esteem can arise from a variety of factors, including early life experiences, critical or invalidating relationships, societal pressures, or traumatic events. It can manifest in negative self-talk, feelings of inadequacy, perfectionism, and/or a fear of failure. How I work with Low Self-Esteem Building a strong therapeutic alliance is crucial when working with clients grappling with low self-esteem. Creating a safe and nurturing space allows individuals to explore their vulnerabilities, challenges, and self-doubts without judgment. As a therapist, I strive to foster trust, empathy, and unconditional positive regard, creating an environment where my clients feel valued and heard. Negative self-talk is a common aspect of low self-esteem, so I aim to help my clients to identify and challenge these self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. By reframing negative self-talk into more compassionate and realistic self-statements, you can gradually shift your perception of yourself and develop a more positive self-image. At the heart of low self-esteem often lie deep-seated negative core beliefs so I work collaboratively with my clients to uncover these beliefs and explore their origins. Through gentle exploration and examination of evidence, you can begin to challenge and reframe these distorted beliefs, paving the way for a healthier and more empowering self-concept. Finally, nurturing self-compassion is a fundamental aspect of therapy for low self-esteem. I guide clients in developing kindness and understanding towards themselves, recognizing that they deserve love and acceptance. Cultivating self-compassion involves acknowledging imperfections, embracing self-care, and practicing forgiveness. Conclusion Low self-esteem can have a profound impact on your well-being and quality of life. However, with the support and guidance of a therapist specialising in this area, you can embark on a transformative journey towards self-acceptance and self-worth. By challenging negative self-talk, exploring core belief and fostering self-compassion, you can cultivate a healthier sense of self and embrace your inherent worth.

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