I am always struck by the large numbers of clients who come to see me with issues around low self-esteem. Presenting in many different forms and to different degrees, it is a problem that appears to pervade many people's lives and can leave you facing much deeper issues later on in life if it isn't dealt with at the time.
For many, low self-esteem or lack of confidence, is extremely common and something most people suffer from at some point or other throughout their lives. Very often, the problem can be dealt with at face value and may not worsen. For a lot of people however, the problem can present itself in a far greater and more debilitating form, serving to hold them back in the workplace or in forging meaningful relationships.
Facing up to the fears and emotions that constrict and hold you back, can alter your entire way of being and prevent what may be a minor issue around self-perception from becoming an all consuming negative personal and world view. Cognitive therapy is particularly useful in addressing problems with self-perception and can be employed to help change the way you perceive yourself and how other's perceive you.
It is so very often our own distorted beliefs about how other's see us that creates bigger problems than actually really exist. Cognitive therapy can help to dispel these misinterpretations and replace them with realistic and more helpful thoughts based on fact and not on what we simply want to believe.