“I could never do that.”

“I’m worthless.”

“No one cares about me.”

“What’s the point?”

“I’m an idiot.”

“I mess up everything.”

These are just a few of the debilitating, destructive things we tell ourselves when we suffer from low self-esteem. People may develop low self-esteem if they grew up in or are currently subjected to an overly critical or abusive environment. Others may just tend to focus more on unpleasant and negative times in their lives–including perceived “failures” on their part–while overlooking their successes and positive aspects of their lives. In some cases, though, this low sense of self-worth can be inherent; children as young as 3 years old may utter such negative and self-demeaning thoughts even while they are being raised in a supportive, positive environment.

Regardless of where it stems from, low self-esteem can be treated effectively using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques. Over time people can learn to change the way they think about themselves, challenge unproductive and self-defeating beliefs, and take active steps to build confidence and an increased sense of self-worth.

Before seeing Taylor, I was struggling with OCD behavior, compulsive exercise, and learning how to cope with my past in a healthy way. He was very patient, understanding, and non-judgmental, which allowed me to uncover problems that were essentially being pushed aside. I used to get uncomfortable and self-conscious about discussing certain things that happened when I was younger, but the environment that he creates is very welcoming and I felt at ease when memories came to mind. He also asked me…
Anon, Edgebrook, Chicago