Therapy for Improving Self Esteem
Life is hard and most people are even harder on themselves. Self-esteem is something that always comes up, no matter what someone originally comes into therapy for. I have learned through the years that we all struggle with self-esteem and we all seem to think we are the only ones. However, for those struggling with self-worth, every aspect of life can feel eroded and depressed. Yes, it is helpful for people to realize they are not alone, however, that is often not enough to overcome the feelings. The good news is that although it is difficult to achieve perfect self-esteem, it can be improved dramatically.
In therapy, isolating the negative thoughts associated with insecurity is a beginning step. It is helpful to know what the triggers are such as particular situations or events or even being around certain people. In addition to working with the areas of insecurities, it is also advantageous to understand where those feelings originated and why they have persisted.
I like to work with people to overcome low self-esteem by using a few different therapeutic techniques. Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT is helpful in identifying negative thoughts that lead to negative feelings. Through this process people begin to see that the thoughts they have are not rational and therefore they can be deconstructed.
Another therapy technique, the Psychodynamic approach, can help to put the puzzle together by looking at childhood and earlier events that left a bit of a scar which lead to the feelings of low self-esteem. It is helpful to notice when feelings are being triggered by past events or if someone is reacting to a current situation. It is remarkable how many of us carry around our past and react to it daily without even being aware of it.
Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Mindfulness techniques are effective in learning to focus more on the present and allow passing thoughts and feelings without putting too much meaning on it.
It is extremely satisfying to see clients improve their ability to have healthy and happy lives. I take pride in approaching each therapy with compassion and I make every effort to exceed a client’s expectations for care.
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Dr. Sara Denman, Lic #Psy 19808