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Self-esteem refers to how an individual is able to accurately understand themselves – their abilities, strengths, weaknesses, potentials and qualities.  Self-esteem is established based on a number of factors, such as life experiences, family history, emotional or mental health, or relationships with others.  Contributing factors to a person’s self-esteem might include their self-image (physical appearance), self-concept (personality, skills, intelligence) and self-worth (sense of value or purpose).  An individual dealing with low self-esteem might have feelings of worthlessness, believe that they are incapable, feel unwanted or not loved, have negative thoughts or are drawn to harmful relationships.    Maintaining healthy self-esteem is important to mental, emotional and psychological health, and can have an effect on a person’s relationship with others.  Lowered self-esteem is often linked to depression, anxiety, withdrawing from others or body image issues, and counselling can address ways in which a person can build their sense of self.


Treatment for Low Self-Esteem

Client-centered therapy is one treatment approach for self-esteem.  In this therapeutic approach, the psychologist works with the client to help them realize their potentials, gain a more realistic view of themselves, and interact in a more positive way with others.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy addresses the automatic negative thoughts that a person may have toward a situation and their resulting actions or behaviours.


Resources for Self-Esteem

Psychology Today:

University of Toronto:

Children and Self-Esteem:

Canadian Psychological Association