Low Self-esteem

Often established in early life, or later on from damaging personal relationships, self-esteem affects everything that we do, and how we interact with the world around us. How we feel about ourselves impacts our ability to reach our full potential in multiple aspects of our life, from relationships with others to how we perform at work/school. Self-esteem at the extreme high and low ends of the spectrum can cause difficulties, so it is helpful to establish a balance somewhere in the middle with a realistic yet positive view of ourselves. We are all ‘good enough’ just as we are, but some of us may need help to recognise and feel that, and to move forward in life accordingly.


Low self-esteem can typically show up as a combination of low mood and anxiety, with unhelpful cycles of thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with these. However, there is good evidence to suggest that psychological therapy and CBT can help you with these difficulties.