Lack of Confidence
We use the phrase self-esteem to talk about the beliefs you have about yourself. What you think about the type of person you are and your abilities.
If you have healthy self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself will generally be positive. As a result, when you experience difficult times in your life, you will generally be able to deal with them, without it having much of a long-term negative impact on you.
If you have low self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself will often be negative and lack in confidence. You will tend to focus on your weaknesses or mistakes that you have made and you may find it hard to recognise the positive parts of your personality. Therefore, you tend to blame yourself for any difficulties or failures that you have occurred.
Most people experience moments of lacking in confidence, at some point in life. This can be a perfectly normal response to external events, from time to time. However, when low self-esteem becomes a long-term habit, it can harm your relationships with others, kill your confidence, stunt your ability to assert yourself. As a result you feed a cycle of increasing frustration and unhappiness. In fact, research has shown a correlation between low self-esteem and depression.
CBT for low self-esteem
Our CBT therapists can help you discover the root cause of your low self-esteem. We can aslo help you establish how certain behaviours, feelings, and thoughts that are contributing towards your low opinion of yourself. It can help to learn how to create more balanced, mutually respectful and satisfying relationships and gain a deeper understanding of yourself and what makes you happiest.