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Confidence & Self-Esteem

A very common issue for many individuals is a lack of confidence and/or self-esteem. This can be crippling as very often the more embedded the issue, the less likely an individual is to ask for help or seek support from a real person; instead it is quite common for many individuals to invest in the proliferation of self-help books, online courses and 'quick fixes' which can offer good advice but generally don't work at depth or for a sustainable period of time.

Common Confidence Issues

Individuals struggling with confidence often exhibit signs such as a fear of leaving their comfort zone, reluctance to try new things, finding small challenges overwhelming, hesitancy to make life changes, persistent self-doubt, feeling criticized by others, difficulty making decisions, and engaging in negative self-talk. These issues contribute to a negative self-image and hinder personal growth.

Common causes

Low self-esteem and confidence often stem from negative self-beliefs or self-narratives formed in early life. These narratives may be reinforced through experiences and relationships, creating a viscous cycle of negative self-image. Traumatic experiences, childhood abuse or neglect, devaluing relationships, and identification with limiting beliefs can contribute to diminished self-esteem.

Trauma & Self-Esteem

Trauma, such as childhood abuse, neglect, or devaluing relationships, can significantly impact self-esteem. It may be a root cause, intensifying feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. Mental health conditions like CPTSD or PTSD may also contribute to low self-esteem, emphasizing the need to explore and address trauma in therapy for comprehensive healing.

How therapy can help

Integrative therapy offers a multifaceted approach to address confidence and esteem issues and may utilize interventions such as person-centre therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and other modalities based on individual needs and goals.


Therapy may support the recognition of root causes and negative beliefs, improvement of thought patterns, development of effective communication and emotional regulation skills, and can facilitate self-acceptance, a more positive self-narrative and self-image as well as improved confidence in their relationships and life ambitions.

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