Self-esteem is defined as a confidence and satisfaction in one’s self (Merriam Webster). A person with self-esteem feels confident and has a positive self-image, as well as a sense of worthiness. A lack of self-esteem can make forming and creating healthy relationships difficult. Poor self-esteem can also lead to problems at places like work and school. Those with low self-esteem may feel lonely, isolated, guilty and unworthy. Individuals with a lack of self-esteem may have trouble being assertive or making their needs known.
People dealing with depression, substance abuse, grief, anxiety, domestic violence, trauma, abuse and multiple other mental health disorders may experience low self-esteem. However, some people have low self-esteem without having a specific disorder.
Cognitive therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach, is commonly used to treat low self-esteem. In this kind of therapy, the therapist helps the client identify negative thought patterns and exchange them with positive ones. Clients may also be taught new skill sets like assertiveness skills or communication skills to help with forming and maintaining healthy relationships as their self-esteem grows. A trained therapist can help you build self-esteem so that you feel empowered and confident to succeed in your daily life and relationships.