Looking for a therapist ASAP? Get a free consultation today. 512-387-1398

Self-esteem Therapy and Counseling in Austin TX

Self-Esteem Counseling

Self-esteem refers to how you perceive your worth.

Healthy self-esteem allows for self-acceptance and mental flexibility. On the other hand, low self-esteem feels like an inner critic picking away at your confidence and making you second-guess yourself. When faced with challenges, healthy self-esteem fosters resilience and can help you move forward. Healthy self-esteem views challenges and hardships as opportunities for growth. However, low self-esteem clouds your ability to think flexibly, which may influence you to see challenges as a failure. This can lead to you feeling stuck or like there’s something wrong with you. Low self-esteem can get in the way of reaching your goals and living authentically.

Self-Esteem Counseling

Effective Self-esteem Therapy in Austin Texas

What causes low self-esteem?

It is easy to fall into patterns of negative self-talk. Our brains were wired to hold onto negative input to protect us from harm. This is known as the “negativity bias”. This adaptation helped our ancestors avoid dangerous situations, such as remembering which berries were poisonous. But now, it triggers our brains to store negative experiences or thoughts while the positive ones are fleeting. This is why you could receive ten compliments in a day, but one negative remark will be what sticks with you and may cloud how you perceive your day. Our natural inclination to focus on negativity predisposes us to develop low self-esteem. For this reason, it takes consistent work and practice to rewire our brains and change how we talk to ourselves. This is where therapy comes in.

Besides our biological disposition, many environmental factors can contribute to low self-esteem. This can include the messages we learned in our formative years, including the relationships we had and the persistent criticism we received. Our status in society based on our complex identities, discrimination, and trauma can also be tricky.

What are some effects of low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem can hold us back from reaching our goals. When we don’t feel confident in ourselves and assume that we will fail, we are less likely to take the risks needed to grow and be who we want to be. Low self-esteem can also affect interpersonal relationships. You may find yourself drawn to people who don’t make you feel good about yourself. Or, you might find yourself wary of those who treat you well because you don’t think you’re worthy. Lastly, low self-esteem may lead to anxiety, depression, body image concerns, and eating disorders.
Self-Esteem Counseling

Self-esteem Counseling in Austin TX

Signs and Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

  • Issues setting boundaries or considering your needs
  • Comparing yourself to others and never feeling good enough
  • Avoiding social situations or feeling self-conscious when socializing
  • Difficulty making decisions or trusting yourself
  • Struggling to ask others for help or to express your needs
  • Negative self-talk and self-criticism
  • Fear of failure
  • Difficulty accepting compliments
  • Sensitivity to criticism from others
  • Feeling unworthy of enjoyment or pleasure
  • Seeking approval from others
  • Perfectionism
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Feeling like you have to hide parts of yourself in order to be accepted

Therapy for Self-Esteem in Texas Can Help:

Self-Esteem Counseling

Ready to get started with therapy for self-esteem in Austin, TX?

Increasing self-compassion and confidence to combat negative self-talk. You are worthy of a more fulfilling and authentically aligned life. Let us help you get there. At Autonomy Therapy, we hope to help you work towards self-compassion, allowing yourself to be human, imperfect, and still 100% worthy. Do these concerns resonate with you or someone you know? If you answered yes, perhaps therapy for self-esteem is right for you. Get started with these steps:

Interested in learning more about self-esteem? Read our blog!

Perfectionism: How Your Type Affecting Your Mental Health

Perfectionism: How Your Type Affecting Your Mental Health

Written by TIFFANY LEPA, NCC, LPC-ASSOCIATE "If I look perfect and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment and blame." - Dr. Brené Brown Perfectionism serves a purpose in surviving chaotic environments and protecting...

Our Approach To Accessible Eating Disorder Therapy In Texas

Our Approach To Accessible Eating Disorder Therapy In Texas

Written by TIFFANY LEPA, NCC, LPC-ASSOCIATE Eating disorders can affect anyone. They don’t discriminate based on region or identity, yet accessible eating disorder therapy is not readily available everywhere. Finding a therapist who specializes in eating disorders can...

The Benefits Of Seeking Therapy Without Insurance

The Benefits Of Seeking Therapy Without Insurance

Written by TIFFANY LEPA, NCC, LPC-ASSOCIATE If you have been searching for a therapist or thinking about starting therapy, you have probably noticed the difficulty of finding someone in-network with your insurance provider who isn’t already full or who doesn’t have a...

Begin The Journey Toward Healing And Growth
Book a free consultation call with us today