Is your internal critic a bully? Do you find yourself sabotaging your own happiness and success? If feelings of worthlessness are having a negative impact on your life, it may be a good time to seek help.

Here’s Why:

Low self-esteem, shame or poor self worth can be really harmful. It can rob you of the happiness you deserve and prevent you from establishing the life you want. The reasons for poor self esteem as as varied as sufferers’ life histories, and may need considerable investigation to uncover. Self-confidence can be damaged by childhood trauma, family unrest or the cumulative effects of living with a medical or mental health diagnosis — but whatever the origins, poor self esteem is not something that anyone would choose. Nobody wants to sabotage their health, career and relationships. But help is available.

Self Esteem Counselling

What causes low self-esteem?

Childhood neglect or trauma is a common cause for low self-esteem, as are  dysfunctional family environments and deprivation during childhood. Research suggests that the early foundations of self worth relate to how our parents treated us. Individuals raised by caregivers who were consistently responsive, attentive and warm tend to have higher self esteem than individuals raised by parents who were unavailable or emotionally cold, or individuals with parents who were inconsistently nurturing. The implied rejection by an unloving parent can become lodged in our sub-conscious as a limiting belief, a feeling of being unworthy or not “good enough”. The sub-conscious mind accepts this belief regardless of what the conscious mind understands.

Self-esteem can vary from context to context. For example, some people have a positive sense of self in relation to their sporting abilities or occupational performance, but have poor interpersonal (or social) self worth. The reverse can also be true. Poor self-perception in relation to competence can restrict an individual’s ability to develop their full capacities in academic, occupational and sporting pursuits. Poor social self-worth can lead to social anxiety, loneliness, and relationship difficulties.

The experienced therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy can work with you to rebuild a positive sense of self and move forward confidently in your life. Our training in counselling methods including psychodynamic psychotherapy, hypnotherapy (traditional and Ericksonian methods), NLP and Buddhist psychotherapy means we have a wide array of tools to help you to feel better about yourself and change your patterns of self-sabotage.

Find out how counselling can help you get back on the path to healthy self esteem.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to learn more or book an initial face-to-face or online appointment.

How does Bayside Psychotherapy treat low self esteem?

Counselling at Bayside Psychotherapy is a collaboration between client and therapist to create a more positive and realistic self appraisal. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. After a thorough assessment, our practitioners will tailor a customised program to suit your individual needs, drawing from our extensive range of methodologies. Your therapist will consult with you regularly as your treatment progresses and make adjustments if indicated. Although your therapist do their best to help you resolve your issues, full commitment to the process on the part of clients is essential.

We also recommend our targeted self hypnosis MP3 recording for self esteem as an effective complement to your therapy. 

How long will treatment take?

Just as everyone has different reasons for low self esteem, everyone responds differently to treatment. Your treatment duration will depend on your circumstances, and on the progress you and your psychotherapist make together. We aim to unearth and resolve the root cause rather than merely offering band-aid fixes. After a few sessions, your therapist will be better placed to estimate how much more treatment is likely to be indicated. As you progress further, they will work with you to plan to space out your sessions and plan for discontinuation.

You can call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to learn more about how we may be able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

Or, if you’re ready to start therapy, you can use our booking form to make an online or face-to-face appointment.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Paul Mischel