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Self-esteem

Self-esteem is the way people think about themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Psychologists use the word self-esteem to describe whether someone likes them self or not.
Self-esteem is the way people think about themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Psychologists use the word self-esteem to describe whether someone likes them self or not.
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Questions and Answers

Michael Moates
Michael Moates
I work with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Personality/Emotional Regulation

Never in a million years. Working on one problem or need at a time is something that I highly advocate doing. You will learn how to develop rational goals and objectives in treatment, which will assist you in achieving those goals. I don't view you as a victim; I see you as a survivor. You have my... more

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Naomi Krajewski
Naomi Krajewski
Care. Compassion. Collaboration.

I have never met anyone beyond help, regardless of how many challenges life has thrown at them. The trick is to find a therapist who can provide support for all that you bring to the counseling room. My personal roadmap for working with folks with many challenges is to first help them cultivate the... more

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Mary Kate Veal
Mary Kate Veal
In-person/Telehealth Collaborative Therapist

There is no such thing as too many issues for counseling; however, instead of relying on one counselor for your support, perhaps try generating a care team of several providers (doctor, sleep specialist, counselor, nutritionist, psychiatrist, etc.).

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No -- we as humans have such complex lives and therapists know this. I encourage you to open up about these topics in a way that feels authentic to you. You do not have to talk about all of these all at once, you can let them come up in therapy naturally. I hope you find a therapist that you really... more

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Crystal Robinson
Crystal Robinson
It's okay not to be okay!

Having multiple things/issues to address in therapy is very common. I would suggest taking on one issue at a time to get the most out of it versus rushing to address everything all at once. It's okay to give yourself some grace and take it one step at a time.

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Mary Kate Veal
Mary Kate Veal
In-person/Telehealth Collaborative Therapist

First, it sounds so challenging to feel like you are worthless to everyone; finding a therapist to help challenge that belief is probably the best idea; however, if that is not an option, here are a few things to consider: 1. make a list of what makes you not worthless, but also some of the things... more

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Shauntai Davis-Yeargin
Shauntai Davis-Yeargin
Personalized, private online counseling for individuals and couples

Therapy is essential for those that are feeling depressed and worthless. When I work with those that are experiencing concerns related to feeling of depression and issues with self esteem. I generally work with my client to help build coping skills to reduce level of depression and to assist with... more

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Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
LPC Associate, supervised by Martin K. Shaw, LPC-S, LMFT and Christy Graham, LPC-S, RPT-S

The fact that you never get around to it shows that you are avoiding dealing with those feelings for some reason. Therefore, there are some questions you could ask yourself: How is this belief of worthlessness serving you? What do you fear about confronting this belief? Do you fear that this belief... more

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Evan Podolak, PsyD
Evan Podolak, PsyD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

It is not unusual to believe that we know what other people are thinking about and feeling towards us. These beliefs, which can sometimes be quite upsetting, are based on our own life experiences, including previous interactions with family, friends and strangers. No matter how good we think we... more

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Lynda Martens
Lynda Martens
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSc, RP, RMFT

Hi Cerritos,This is an interesting twist because it's more common for the person in your position to want to move forward, and for the person who was wronged to struggle with forgiveness. You are lucky to have a loving, compassionate partner, and your boyfriend is lucky to have a partner who takes... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.