Self-esteem and self-view are important factors for mental health as they affect how we perceive ourselves, our abilities, and our worth. When we have positive self-esteem and view ourselves in a positive light, we are more likely to feel confident, capable, and resilient in the face of challenges. On the other hand, low self-esteem and a negative self-view can contribute to feelings of self-doubt, worthlessness, and depression.
A therapist can play an important role in helping individuals improve their self-esteem and self-view by providing a supportive and non-judgmental space for individuals to work on improving their self-confidence and to develop strategies to support improved mental health and wellness. Here are some ways that a therapist can help:
- Identify negative beliefs: A therapist can help individuals identify negative beliefs and thoughts that contribute to low self-esteem and a negative self-view. These might include beliefs about one’s abilities, appearance, or worth.
- Challenge negative beliefs: Once negative beliefs have been identified, a therapist can help individuals challenge them and develop more positive and realistic beliefs.
- Develop self-compassion: A therapist can help individuals develop self-compassion, which involves treating oneself with kindness, understanding, and acceptance, especially in times of difficulty or failure.
- Practice self-care: A therapist can help individuals develop self-care practices that promote positive self-view and self-esteem. This might include activities such as exercise, mindfulness, and social support.
- Explore past experiences: A therapist can help individuals explore past experiences that may have contributed to negative self-view or low self-esteem, and work through any resulting emotional distress.