Self-Esteem

It is often said that the relationship we have with ourselves is the most important relationship we’ll ever have.  If we don’t care for ourselves, then who will?  Being accountable and responsible for our own lives can be an ongoing learning experience.  Putting yourself first in your own life may come more readily for some than for others, though.  If you find that you’re struggling with these issues, therapy geared towards building healthy self-esteem can be a rewarding journey that empowers you to address and make positive adjustments in the following areas:

Identity

Comparison

Guilt and Shame

Uncertainty

Insecurity

Do you notice that you regularly put yourself down, or are judgmental of others?  Do you find it difficult to accept compliments?  Do you often harbor self-doubt?  If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be struggling with self-esteem concerns.

Developing the ability to understand who we are in the world is a complex undertaking.  There are so many facets and aspects to who we are emotionally, physically, intellectually, and beyond.  Depending on the context of our lives, we are constantly evolving individuals, and our self-esteem can change as our lives develop in unpredictable ways. The positive relationship that we develop and nurture with ourselves can help us better navigate the ebbs and flows of life’s unfolding stages.  Self-growth, increased confidence, and an improved sense of self-worth can be desirable outcomes for those who aim to solidify the relationship they have with themselves.

Positive Psychology is a perspective I often employ when working with clients seeking to develop healthier self-esteem.  I enjoy working within this framework with my clients, as Positive Psychology traditionally focuses on happiness and fulfillment (having its roots in Humanistic Psychology).  Tapping into our positive emotions, strengths, and support systems are regularly addressed within this framework.  

 

For more, read my article in The Huffington Post about Self-Worth.

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