Self-Esteem Issues

Debs Connell Psychotherapist & Wellbeing Coach

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves.  Everyone lacks confidence occasionally, it’s normal. We are all vulnerable to criticism from others, the long-term impact it has on us, is determined by our self-esteem.

During my career, particularly in the role of HR Manager, I have witnessed the impact low self-esteem can have.  Staff were afraid to make suggestions for fear of being ‘wrong’ whilst others refused to go for promotion because they did not believe ‘they were good enough’.  This would often lead to frustration and unnecessary anxiety until they learned how to overcome these negative thoughts.

Low self-esteem makes us focus on our negatives and ignore our achievements.  When we have low self-esteem, we are less confident, are hypersensitive and quick to think ill of ourselves. We will often feel awkward or incompetent and say things like “I’m stupid, “I’ll never be able to do that” “I’m boring” etc.  We will blame our self when things go wrong and use that as ‘evidence’ that we are inadequate.  This can lead to persistent feelings of unhappiness, sadness, anger, shame or guilt which in turn can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Low self-esteem often begins in childhood but there are many life issues that can have a negative effect on self-esteem.

The good news is that it is possible to overcome low self-esteem and I can help you.  I will show you how to stand up to your inner critic, challenge negative thoughts and practice self-compassion.  There will be opportunity to learn helpful relaxation techniques and methods to feel more confident in any situation.

When we have healthy self-esteem, we are more resilient, think positively about our self and feel hopeful about the future and life in general. Let me help you look at things from another perspective and encourage you see ‘you are enough’!

Debs Connell Psychotherapist
& Wellbeing Coach