Your self-esteem combines the way you perceive yourself and your confidence. Unfortunately, many people suffer from low self-esteem that inhibits their success and relationships. At Tranquil Soul Counseling in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, licensed psychotherapist Mary K. Tatum, MS, LMHC, offers customized, compassionate counseling services to help you boost your self-esteem. Call Tranquil Soul Counseling or schedule a consultation online today.
Self-esteem, sometimes referred to as self-respect or self-worth, is the degree to which you value yourself. Your self-esteem can fluctuate throughout your life and is influenced by your experiences and other internal and external factors.
Low self-esteem is linked to a variety of personal issues and mental health disorders. For example, low self-esteem may prevent you from participating in activities or making new friends. It’s also linked with self-destructive behaviors, substance abuse, eating disorders. Your risk of developing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are also higher if you have low self-esteem.
The primary sign of low self-esteem is having a poor opinion of yourself. You might compare yourself to others and feel that you come up short. You might be overly critical over yourself and suffer from intrusive negative thoughts such as:
These negative thoughts contribute to your low self-esteem and can lead to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.
You may try to cope with your low self-esteem by believing that you are helpless to change your circumstances. You might also rebel and mask your sense of inferiority with anger or an inflated disregard for what others might think of you.
Another common method of dealing with low self-esteem is using fake confidence to cover your insecurities. This creates an issue known as imposter syndrome where you fear that you’ll be caught out as less than perfect.
At Tranquil Soul Counseling, Mary K. offers compassionate and customized counseling services to help you identify and explore the issues at the root of your lack of confidence.
You’ll work together to reduce and eliminate negative self-talk. She may also work with you on mindfulness practice, which can help you catch and control negative thoughts and feelings and push back with positivity. You learn to be kind to yourself and recognize that while no one is perfect, you are good and worthy of success, happiness, and love.
If you suffer from low self-esteem, call Tranquil Soul Counseling or schedule a consultation online today.