Self-Esteem services offered in the greater Irvine, CA area

Feeling worthless and hating yourself are common symptoms of low self-esteem. If you’re tired of negative self-talk, reach out to Julia Renedo, PsyD, at Mente Operandi. She can help you appreciate your value, learn self-respect, and enjoy increased confidence. Appointments take place using secure telehealth technology for optimal convenience and accessibility. Call Mente Operandi or book an appointment online today for expert help with low self-esteem.

Self-Esteem Q & A

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is about how you see yourself – how confident you are, your sense of self-worth, respecting yourself, and valuing your strengths and abilities.

Healthy self-esteem is critical for your mental health. Believing in yourself and your value ensures you can be appropriately assertive and make considered decisions.

Symptoms of low self-esteem include:

  • Self-criticism
  • Worthlessness
  • Inferiority
  • Unassertiveness
  • Self-doubt
  • Guilt and shame
  • Over sensitivity
  • Self-loathing
  • Indecision

You feel like you’re not good enough, that others think little of you, and that you’re to blame for things even when they aren’t your fault. You continually try to please people even when they mistreat you or take advantage of your willingness to help.

Those with low self-esteem typically engage in negative self-talk. They think so little of themselves that putting themselves down becomes normal behavior.

Low self-esteem holds you back, causes profound misery, and is a common trigger for depression.

Why do I have low self-esteem?

Sometimes past experiences lead to low self-esteem. It could be childhood neglect or abuse, bullying, or having parents and teachers who frequently criticize you. Low self-esteem can develop later in life due to a difficult working environment or emotional abuse. Stress, physical illnesses, and challenging experiences like loss and grief can also affect self-esteem.

Increasingly, the effect of unrealistic images portrayed by the media affects young people’s self-esteem. They feel they can’t be as perfect as those featured in commercials and on social media, even though these people are far from flawless in real life.

Can I improve my self-esteem?

Yes — with the right help, you can significantly increase your self-esteem, achieve your goals, and enjoy greatly improved mental health.

Dr. Renedo uses her counseling skills to identify what’s causing your low self-esteem. You discuss these issues and use techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to challenge your flawed beliefs about yourself.

You can’t change past events or other people’s behaviors, but you can revisit how you look at them and alter your responses accordingly. Using CBT and other psychotherapy techniques, Dr. Renedo helps you view yourself differently and more realistically.

You reduce and eventually eliminate negative self-talk, increase your confidence and self-esteem, and learn to respect yourself.

Call Mente Operandi to learn how you could benefit from self-esteem therapy, or book an appointment online today.