Counseling for Self-Esteem
Who am I?
Images and messages about beauty, gender roles, and values are everywhere. The barrage of messages can make it difficult to assess who we are, as well as how to feel confident, valuable, and worthy of respect.
Not only do we have to navigate societal norms, we also must address our own thoughts and perceptions. How do you rate your appearance, views and opinions, and life circumstances?
Your appraisal of yourself will vary throughout your lifetime. These ups and downs are common, but people are often unaware of just how impactful having healthy versus low self-esteem can be.
Imperfect = I’m Perfect
At times, you may feel good about yourself. You feel deserving of respect from others, take pride in your accomplishments, and acknowledge both your positive and negative attributes. Overall, you accept that you are a human comprised of strengths and imperfections.
Having a healthy self-esteem does not make you conceited or egotistical; instead, it means you are able to recognize yourself as the entire, complex being you are. You might find yourself willing to be more assertive, as you feel your thoughts and opinions matter regardless of whether they are perceived to be “right or wrong.”
When you have a healthy self-esteem, you are more resilient to stress and less likely to personalize difficulties or set-backs. Instead, you recognize that life is difficult, and things do not always go as planned. But that does not mean that you are the cause for the issue. Having a healthy self-esteem allows you to take a realistic appraisal of the situation and recognize yourself as a change agent.
I’ll never be good enough.
Experiencing low self-esteem is something most people experience at some point in their lives. During these times, you may devalue your own thoughts and opinions, making you less likely to freely share. Using negative self-talk routinely can cause you to have difficulty making decisions or accepting criticism.
You might find yourself withdrawing for fear of being judged. You become highly critical of yourself. Rather than recognizing both your strengths and vulnerabilities, you focus almost exclusively on your weaknesses.
Sometimes low self-esteem can result in anxiety or depression, sleep difficulties, or even hostility to those around us.
Low self-esteem often manifests in a degrading way whereby you cannot realistically see all that you have to offer. Instead, your negativity toward yourself may make you feel unworthy, unlovable, useless. While we all have faults, this is not the sum of who you are! Prolonged or excessively negative thoughts can lead to mental health or physical conditions.
We can help!
Our mission when counseling for self-esteem is to help you obtain a more balanced, authentic, and positive view of who you are. It is important that you can work through your own self-doubt, so both you and the world can benefit from all you have to offer.
At Restorative Counseling, we provide a safe, compassionate place for you to explore your negative self-talk and criticism. We will strive for your own ideal self, rather than trying to compare yourself to others.
It is time you see the positive within you! Embrace who you are!
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help through counseling for self-esteem.