Self-esteem is a term used to describe a person’s overall sense of personal worth and value.  Self-esteem is defined by many factors including:

  • Self-confidence
  • Feelings of security
  • Identity
  • Sense of belonging
  • Feelings of competence

For most individuals, self-esteem tends to increase during adolescence and early adulthood.  Positive self-esteem is critical to good decision-making, healthy relationships, motivation and the ability to face new challenges.  Adolescence can be a difficult time to navigate and certain experiences during this developmental period may contribute to low self-esteem.   Individuals with low self-esteem struggle to understand and express their needs in relationships and feel insecure and doubt their skills and competence.  Chronic low self-esteem can lead to a number of mental health issues, including: depression, anxiety, addiction issues, eating disorders, difficulties with motivation, and relationship issues to name a few.

At The Therapy Centre, we help adolescents and adults improve self-esteem with effective therapies, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).