Self Esteem and Loss of Confidence
The way in which you think about yourself and your worth as person can be described as your self-esteem. Low self-esteem generally arises from damages to a person’s self-esteem such as bullying or harassment, relationship breakdowns or loss of a job through redundancy or dismissal. Once a person has experienced these events, or something of a similar nature, they can begin to question their worth as person based off these events, even believing it was their fault it happened because they weren’t good enough. These negative thoughts can lead to feelings of self-doubt, which in turn when reinforced can contribute to low self-esteem.
Low self-esteem is often associated with many other psychological and emotional difficulties such as depression, lack of motivation, feeling lethargic, feelings of hopelessness for the future, feelings of worthlessness, withdrawing from social activities or loss of pleasure in activities previously found enjoyable.
Psychological treatment to address low self-esteem focuses on increasing an individual’s self-confidence, or the belief that one has the necessary skills to successfully complete a task, or the skills to seek the information necessary to complete a task. When a person has an appropriate level of self-confidence, the negative consequences of a task will not seem so overwhelming and fear inducing, although all possible consequences of a particular situation, good and bad, are accepted. Without adequate self-confidence, the fear of negative consequences (fear of failure) will quite often deter an individual from acting, even if they realistically possess all the relevant skills to complete the task.
At Strategic Psychology we have experienced psychologists who are able to assist you to address negative self-beliefs that can lead to low self-confidence and low self-esteem. Through a combination of focussed psychological strategies including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) we can help you to understand how these beliefs have formed over the course of your history, and work on strategies to elevate your thoughts surrounding yourself and your perception of your worth and competence to help you to live a meaningful, enriching life.
No referral is needed to see one of our psychologists, however, if you would like to access rebates under Medicare you will need to attend your GP and obtain a referral for a Mental Health Care Plan (if eligible) before attending your appointment.