Counselling for Low Self-Esteem in Guildford and Woking, Surrey
What is low self-esteem?
Low self-esteem is characterised by negative thoughts and feelings about your personality, body, life decisions or other aspects of your life and who you are as a person.
When you have low self-esteem, you feel unsatisfied with yourself and this affects the way others see you because you project yourself in a certain way. Constantly criticising yourself also affects the way you live your life and the decisions you make.
Low self-esteem is characterised by various thoughts, behaviours and feelings including:
- Feeling worthless - having no self-worth or feeling like you can’t do any better.
- Social withdrawal - interacting with friends or loved ones is often not an comfortable option, you may desire a social life but feel it's easier to be alone.
- Being unrealistic about goals - setting yourself unrealistic goals and becoming disappointed if they are not reached. This is often a result of overcompensating for low self-esteem.
- Fear of change - You may fear changing anything to avoid disappointment, rejection and uncertainty. Even if you feel low in yourself, the fear of making a change and entering into the unknown often prevails.
- Seeking reassurance from others - constantly seeking compliments or reassurance from friends, family and colleagues.
- Feeling inadequate about your abilities - doubting your ability to function at work or at home.
Counselling for Low Self Esteem
Low-self esteem comes from long-held misconceptions about yourself, which have become established beliefs about your worth or value. Low self-perceptions can often arise through not meeting expectations made by others, a lack of care and love in life or as a result of striving for goals which have regularly not gone to plan. I offer support so that you can express thoughts and feelings about yourself and explore your fears in a safe, non-judgemental environment. This can allow you understand what is going on within you and can provide the opportunity to gradually learn how to accept yourself.
There is no set time for how long counselling for low self-esteem will take. The number of sessions you require depends on your own individual needs and desires.