What is self-esteem?

Self-Esteem is a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude about the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs (for example, “I am competent,” “I am worthy”) and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame.

Clients who struggle with self-esteem may have difficulties that can be a bit deeper seated, such as: receiving limited parental empathy in their family of origin, being in a situation that may have involved abuse and neglect, or peer concerns related to their larger social context. Self-esteem concerns can show up as barriers to success, personal limitations, or defensive attitudes. Counseling can address those dynamics and include validating, reflecting and witnessing my client’s positive character traits and strengths.

Additionally, because new skills, abilities, and happiness can involve challenging oneself in spite of one’s negative beliefs, habits or anxieties, sessions can also encourage clients to embrace their growing edge. The approaches I utilize build on themselves, and can create a greater sense of self, more self respect, self-reliance, and an overall heightened self-esteem.