Self-esteem is confidence about one’s innate value as a person. When this is in short supply, it can negatively affect our lives in a variety of ways. 

Self-Esteem Therapy in Metairie, LA


How we see ourselves as individuals colors and influences our life experience. As Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher from Ephesus, said: “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.”

What we think of ourselves tends to come true and reinforces itself, for better or for worse. If we are convinced of a certain “fact” about ourselves (or about anything, for that matter – think confirmation bias), our brains have a way of seeing only the evidence that confirms that “fact,” when in true, objective reality, if we adjust our perspective, we can often find conflicting evidence that clearly contradicts whatever we are holding onto as gospel truth.

If someone thinks, “I am a loser,” chances are high that he/she will successfully find the evidence to support that claim, ignoring anything that might actually show the opposite. This is the challenge we must face when dealing with low self-esteem.

Methods Used Regarding Self-Esteem

Our Methods For Treating Low Self-Esteem

The challenge in breaking out of a pattern of low self-esteem necessarily involves acknowledging and confronting the story, or narrative, that we are telling about ourselves on a daily basis.

This, however, is much easier said than done, as our brain will mount fierce resistance to our attempts to change how we view ourselves, largely because we have likely at this point inadvertently created our identity around these “facts” about ourselves. Any threatened disruption to the homeostasis we have found, however pathological, will be attacked by the part of ourselves that fears change.

Unraveling entrenched low self-esteem will be no different. While some people can eventually find a way out of negative self-perception, it usually takes working with a trusted outsider, an objective third-party, to play devil’s advocate to poke holes in the self-narrative that has dominated an individual’s self-definition or identity.

Using cognitive behavioral (CBT), mindfulness, and narrative therapies, Rosetta Mental Health’s clinicians can give the tools and perspective you need to finally stop the lies you are telling about yourself, help you change the color of your dye, and get you on the path to mental and spiritual wholeness. We are ready to help you.

Low Self-Esteem Therapy in Metairie, LA


Self-esteem therapy is a specialized form of therapeutic intervention that focuses on addressing and improving an individual’s self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to an individual’s overall evaluation and perception of their own worth, value, and competence. It plays a significant role in shaping our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and overall well-being. Individuals with low self-esteem often experience negative self-perceptions, self-doubt, and a lack of confidence, which can impact various aspects of their lives, including relationships, work, and personal fulfillment.

Self-esteem therapy aims to help individuals develop a positive self-image, build confidence, and cultivate a healthy sense of self. By addressing underlying issues, challenging negative beliefs, and promoting self-acceptance, self-esteem therapy can bring about significant positive changes. In this comprehensive description, we will explore the core principles of self-esteem therapy, the techniques commonly used, and the benefits it can provide.

Understanding Self-Esteem:

To embark on the journey of self-esteem therapy, individuals first gain a deeper understanding of their self-esteem and the factors that influence it. Therapists assist clients in examining the underlying causes of low self-esteem, which can be rooted in childhood experiences, negative feedback, societal expectations, or personal beliefs. By exploring these factors, therapists can help individuals identify patterns, triggers, and negative self-perceptions that contribute to their low self-esteem.

Challenging Negative Beliefs:

Negative self-beliefs often contribute to low self-esteem. These beliefs may manifest as critical inner voices, self-doubt, or a persistent sense of inadequacy. Self-esteem therapy aims to challenge and reframe these negative beliefs, replacing them with more positive and realistic ones. Therapists employ techniques such as cognitive restructuring, which involves identifying and challenging distorted thinking patterns, and reframing, which involves shifting perspectives and focusing on strengths and achievements. Through this process, individuals gradually develop healthier self-perceptions and cultivate self-compassion.

Developing Self-Acceptance:

Self-esteem therapy places a strong emphasis on self-acceptance. It encourages individuals to embrace their strengths, acknowledge their limitations, and appreciate their unique qualities. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to foster self-acceptance by creating a safe and non-judgmental environment. Through exploration and reflection, individuals gain insights into their authentic selves, allowing for self-acceptance and self-validation. Therapists may utilize techniques such as guided imagery, mindfulness practices, and self-compassion exercises to facilitate the development of self-acceptance.

Enhancing Self-Confidence:

Low self-esteem often goes hand in hand with a lack of self-confidence. Self-esteem therapy aims to enhance self-confidence by helping individuals identify and develop their skills, talents, and strengths. Therapists work closely with clients to explore and acknowledge their accomplishments, encouraging them to recognize their abilities and potential. Through the process of setting realistic goals and working towards their achievement, individuals gain a sense of mastery and build self-confidence. Therapists provide support, feedback, and encouragement, celebrating each milestone reached and further bolstering self-confidence.

Building Assertiveness Skills:

Assertiveness is a vital aspect of self-esteem. Self-esteem therapy assists individuals in developing assertiveness skills, which enable them to express their needs, desires, and boundaries effectively. Therapists help clients understand the difference between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication styles and the impact they have on self-esteem and relationships. Through role-playing exercises, communication techniques, and assertiveness training, individuals learn to communicate assertively, advocating for themselves while respecting the rights and boundaries of others. By developing assertiveness skills, individuals can build healthier relationships, set boundaries, and stand up for themselves without compromising their self-esteem.

If you would like to learn more about therapy, please get in touch with us.

We offer compassionate care, meeting each client exactly where he/she is, while simultaneously providing direct feedback and encouraging results-focused, action-oriented, meaningful change to leave clients feeling empowered, confident, and more certain in their day-to-day life experiences and relationships. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are common questions and answers we receive regarding Self-Esteem. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us by calling (504) 315‑2420.

Low self-esteem can manifest in a variety of ways. Here are some common traits of low self-esteem:

  • You spend excess time and energy focusing on your weaknesses

  • You find yourself frequently comparing yourself to others, and you think most people are better than you

  • You judge yourself, and sometimes others, harshly

  • You have trouble accepting compliments or positive feedback

  • You have an intense fear of failure


If you feel like one or more of these traits describe you, one of our clinicians will be happy to explore these topics with you further.

Self-esteem plays a crucial role in psychotherapy as it refers to an individual’s overall evaluation and perception of their own worth and value. Addressing self-esteem is essential because it can significantly impact a person’s mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life. Low self-esteem can contribute to issues like depression, anxiety, difficulties in setting boundaries, poor self-care, and impaired decision-making. By addressing self-esteem in therapy, individuals can develop a healthier self-concept, increase self-acceptance, and improve their overall well-being.

Low self-esteem can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health and overall well-being. It can lead to feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and a persistent negative self-image. Individuals with low self-esteem may experience heightened levels of anxiety, depression, and social isolation. They may struggle with assertiveness, have difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships, and exhibit perfectionistic tendencies. Addressing low self-esteem in therapy can help individuals challenge negative beliefs, develop self-compassion, and build a more positive and resilient self-concept.

Clients with low self-esteem may exhibit various signs and symptoms during therapy. Some common indicators include excessive self-criticism, constant self-doubt, a tendency to compare oneself unfavorably to others, persistent feelings of worthlessness or shame, difficulties in accepting compliments, a fear of failure or rejection, and a tendency to engage in self-sabotaging behaviors. They may also struggle with setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, experience a lack of assertiveness, or engage in people-pleasing behaviors. These signs and symptoms can provide important insights into the client’s self-esteem struggles and guide the therapeutic process.

Several evidence-based therapeutic approaches and techniques can effectively address and improve self-esteem in psychotherapy. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is widely used and focuses on identifying and challenging negative self-beliefs, replacing them with more realistic and positive thoughts, and engaging in behavioral experiments to test these beliefs. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) emphasize accepting oneself while pursuing meaningful life values. Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) encourages individuals to develop self-compassion and cultivate a kinder and more nurturing inner voice. Additionally, techniques such as guided imagery, positive affirmations, journaling, and role-playing can complement these approaches by enhancing self-awareness and fostering positive self-talk. Therapists may tailor the chosen techniques based on the individual’s specific needs and preferences.