Low Self Esteem

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Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth.  It is a judgment as well as an attitude toward the self.

If you have healthy self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself will generally be positive.  You may experience difficulty times in your life, but you will generally be able to deal with these without them having too much of a long-term negative impact.

If you have low self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself will often be negative.  You will tend to focus on your weaknesses or mistakes that you have made, and may find it hard to recognize the positive parts of your personality.  You may also blame yourself for any difficulties or failures that you have.

The causes of low self-esteem are usually several and vary from one person to another.  They will usually include some of the following: 

  • difficult life events (eg: loss of a relationship, illnesses)
  • difficult childhood experiences (eg: bullying, difficult family relationships)
  • negative relationships with certain people
  • stress
  • negative thinking patterns
  • trauma
  • social isolation
  • loneliness

How therapy can help: 

Therapy offers a warm, empathic, safe and confidential environment in which the therapist and you collaboratively work towards:

  • Understanding the underlying causes and triggers of your low self-esteem and anxiety, both conscious and unconscious
  • Developing ways to manage your panic attack – this usually involves both cognitive (how you think about it) and behavioural (actions, tasks, homework etc) work


Contact us now in confidence at Arduna @ (01) 833 2733 to discuss making an appointment with one of our therapists who can help you with low self-esteem problems.


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Adie Clarke
Adrian Codrea
Andrew McLellan
Anne O'Leary
Audrey O'Cinneide
Betty Maguire
Brendan Murphy
Brigid Coyle
Carol Owens
Donna McCabe
Eamonn Boland
Gail McGuinness
James Callaghan
Jane O’Keeffe
Jean Forbes
Jean Morrissey
Juliet Smith
Luminita Buzescu
Margaret Costello
Martin Daly
Nadezhda Almqvist
Natalya Price
Peter Caffrey
Pauline King
Sibeal Branagan
Sinead Carroll
Susan Dowling
Susan McFeely
Suzanna O'Reilly
Tara Dunphy
Theresa Cawley
Trevor Rufli