Self esteemDo you find you:

  • Lack confidence
  • Feel insecure
  • Don’t feel good about yourself
  • Set high standards for yourself
  • Constantly worry what others think
  • Criticise yourself over almost everything from looks to work to relationships
  • Avoid all sorts of situations and challenges

    Then you may be suffering from low self-esteem.

How can Hypnotherapy help you change and gain high self-esteem?

With Hypnotherapy, I can help you to look at the negative messages you have received and stored in your subconscious mind and create new positive connections making working with you in deep relaxation to help you ‘repair’ your negative thinking.

Let me help you to get to the root cause of your low self-esteem and teach you new skills so that you can regain your self esteem and make the changes you want in your life.

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 What is low self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how we see ourselves.

  • When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. It makes us able to deal with life’s ups and downs better.
  • When our self-esteem is low, we tend to see our life and ourselves in a more negative and critical light. We also feel less able to take on the challenges life throws at us.

We all feel a bit negative and worry about what others think at some time in our life, but when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health, our relationships, our work and our lives in general.

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What causes low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem often begins in childhood. Teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and even the media give us lots of messages – both positive and negative. But for some reason, the message that you are not good enough sticks.

You may have found it difficult to live up to other people’s expectations of you, or to your own expectations.

The problem with thinking we’re no good is that we start to behave as if it’s true. “Low self-esteem often changes people’s behaviour in ways that act to confirm the person isn’t able to do things or isn’t very good,” says Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow.

If you have low self-esteem or confidence, you may hide yourself away from social situations, stop trying new things and avoid things you find challenging.

“In the short term, avoiding challenging and difficult situations makes you feel a lot safer,” says Professor Williams of the NHS, “In the longer term, this avoidance can actually backfire because it reinforces your underlying doubts and fears. It teaches you the unhelpful rule that the only way to cope is by avoiding things.”

Living with low self-esteem can harm your mental health, leading to problems such as depression and anxiety. You may also develop unhelpful habits, such as smoking and drinking too much as a way of coping.

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