The term “self-esteem” refers to a person’s beliefs and feelings about their own self-worth and value. A person’s sense of worthiness is thought to be on a continuum (high, low, and in between) and can be impacted by their life experiences, social relationships, and societal values. People often seek counselling when they experience a sense of low self-esteem or struggle in feeling good about themselves, have difficulties making choices, or feel unmotivated or unable to achieve their goals. Lower self-esteem tends to be associated with experiences of anxiety, depression, trauma, and social anxiety or difficulties.
One of the most common features of low self-esteem is negative self-talk. Generally, people with lower self-esteem are highly critical of themselves and may continually feel they are a failure and a lack of accomplishment in their lives. Addressing low self-esteem in counselling often involves identifying a person’s negative self-talk and challenging negative self-thoughts, as often done from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach.
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