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Self-Esteem Issues

Self-Esteem Treatment at Promises

Low self-esteem regularly accompanies many of the issues we treat at Promises such as addictions, mental health disorders, eating disorders and intimacy disorders. A self-esteem issue can be one of the many factors that contribute to the onset of some of these conditions and also can be a result of the interpersonal difficulties that come with substance use, mental illness and other behavioral health disorders.

We help clients address low self-esteem and other underlying issues in a safe, accepting space through individual therapy, group therapy and experiential approaches that engage mind, body and spirit. Through trusting, supportive relationships with their therapist and peers, clients begin building confidence in themselves, their ability to get well and their value as a person.

What Is Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem is a core piece of an individual’s identity, one that is essential to the ability to experience joy. It comes from the inside out. Outside influences such as relationships, culture or media can have the ability to assault and stunt it, resulting in low self-esteem.

Healthy self-esteem, on the other hand, means that a person isn’t dependent upon anyone else to make themselves feel good. They already know they are valuable and worthy as is. A person with healthy self-esteem is aware of and confident in their strengths, talents, and abilities and is eager to share them with others. But they also recognize areas where they may need to apply more time and effort in order to grow.

Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

The way a self-esteem issue impacts a person varies by the individual. For example, on the outside, a person may appear to be happy and have their life together, while on the inside they’re miserable and constantly afraid of failing.

Common signs of a low self-esteem issue include:

  • Perfectionism
  • Procrastination
  • Ignoring other people’s opinions
  • Breaking rules
  • Blaming others
  • Inability to make decisions for themselves
  • Routinely following the lead of other people
  • Lack of assertiveness
  • Underachievement
  • Isolation
  • Deterioration in physical and/or mental health
  • Self-harm
  • Substance abuse
  • Thoughts of suicide

Causes of Low Self-Esteem

The way people view the world is determined early, usually by the age of 5. How people look at the world and their place in it, whether they view it as a safe or dangerous place, and whether they think in positive or negative terms, is firmly in place by then.

Parents are the primary shapers of young minds, and often unconsciously pass on their own limitations to their children. But peers also have an important role to play. Everything that happens later in life serves to reinforce what people internalized at a young age.

Some people with low self-esteem were mistreated by authority figures at an early age. Youth who experienced criticism, were ignored or physically or verbally abused, or who failed to achieve much success in school or in areas such as sports often show signs of a self-esteem issue.

How the media plays up ideal representations of women can interfere with a growing girl’s development of self-esteem. Teenage girls are often highly focused on their physical appearance and sexual attractiveness, considering how they look and appear to others to be a sign of their self-worth.

Treatment for Low Self-Esteem

At Promises, clients struggling with low self-esteem and other issues live in a warm and safe environment that promotes healing and personal growth. Through one-on-one counseling and therapy in small groups, they learn about areas such as:

  • Transitions
  • Resolving conflicts around family and career
  • Setting boundaries with family members
  • Self-care
  • Healing from loss and past trauma
  • Striving for perfection and approval
  • Accepting love from others
  • Exploring personal spirituality
  • Building self-esteem

Experiential techniques such as journaling, affirmations, mindfulness and relaxation therapy may also be used to help clients move beyond their narrow and self-limiting sense of self and increase their level of confidence and willingness to explore new things, to embrace life and all its possibilities.

Looking for Help?

If you’re struggling with mental health issues, an eating disorder, intimacy disorder or addiction, we can help. Promises’ treatment approach addresses the underlying issues like low self-esteem that accompany these types of conditions so that you can heal fully. Call our recovery advisors today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568

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