Low Self-Esteem & Self-Doubt

Are you highly critical of yourself? Do you beat yourself up over any small mistake you make? Do you feel like deep down there is something wrong with you, that you are broken, defective, or unlovable? Are you sensitive to criticism and never feel good enough? Do you find yourself feeling inferior to others? Do you wonder if you are different and if other people struggle as much as you do?

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If this sounds familiar, then you may benefit from learning skills to help you decrease self-critical stories and cultivate a compassionate and accepting stance toward yourself. You can distance yourself from the negative stories that you’ve constructed about yourself and start taking action toward creating the life you want–a life full of vitality and authenticity, one that grows out of your most deeply held values. By utilizing mindfulness, you will find that negative thoughts and feelings don’t have to be barriers to living the life you want to live and being the person you want to be. You are the director of your life, and when you learn to nonjudgmentally and mindfully observe your thoughts and feelings, you can experience the freedom of possibilities.

 What are the signs?

  • Highly self-critical
  • Feelings of being broken and defective
  • Sensitivity to criticism
  • Feelings of never being good enough and of being inferior
  • Perfectionism
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Feeling unworthy
  • Poor boundaries

We can help you:

  • Gain distance from the negative stories you’ve constructed about yourself
  • Increase socializing
  • Get unstuck from negative patterns
  • Make decisions that will improve your life
  • Take steps toward your values
  • Foster self-compassion and self-acceptance
  • Learn strategies for interpersonal effectiveness
  • Improve social skills
  • Learn assertiveness training
  • Build authentic and fulfilling relationships
  • Take steps toward attainable goals

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