Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Mission Viejo, CA

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If you struggle with your self-esteem, Maria Lloyd, LMFT, at Therapy with Maria: Maria Lloyd, LMFT, has the compassion and expertise to help you gain the confidence you need and deserve to thrive in life. Maria sees patients out of her Mission Viejo, California, office and offers telehealth appointments to individuals throughout California. You can learn more by calling the office or booking your free consultation online. 

Self-Esteem Q & A

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem refers to your personal evaluation of your worth, capabilities, and overall value as a person. It is a psychological construct influenced by both external and internal factors. 

Maria understands that self-esteem can affect your mental health, behavior, and overall well-being. She offers a compassionate and individualized approach to help improve your self-esteem.

What are the signs of low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem is characterized by feelings of worthlessness, self-doubt, and inadequacy. If you have low self-esteem, you may experience the following often:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Feel unworthy of love and affection
  • Fear of failure

Other signs include social withdrawal, perfectionism, and sensitivity to criticism or rejection.

What are the signs of high self-esteem?

High self-esteem is characterized by positive self-regard, self-confidence, and a sense of personal value. When you have high self-esteem, you tend to see yourself as capable, successful, and deserving of happiness and respect. 

You’re more resilient and assertive, have healthier relationships, and have better mental health outcomes. Signs of high self-esteem include self-acceptance, a positive outlook on life, and an ability to cope with stress and setbacks.

What affects your self-esteem?

Several factors can influence self-esteem, including:

  • Genetics
  • Upbringing and parenting styles
  • Personal experiences
  • Media representations
  • Social comparisons
  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression

For instance, if you grow up in abusive or neglectful households, you may develop low self-esteem due to emotional trauma and feelings of unworthiness. Alternatively, if you receive positive feedback and reinforcement from your parents or mentors, you’re more inclined to develop high self-esteem.

What can improve self-esteem?

Fortunately, you can take steps to improve your self-esteem. Maria provides compassionate counseling and offers specialized treatments to give you a successful outcome that may include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), competitive memory training (COMET), and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). 

In some cases, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy might be recommended or considered.

In addition, she may help you learn how to replace your negative thoughts with positive affirmations and practice self-compassion, self-care, and mindfulness to boost your self-esteem.

If you want to improve your self-esteem, you can rely on Maria’s gentle care and expertise to guide you. Call or book a free consultation online today.