All About Low Self Esteem & How To Improve it with CBT, Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton & West Midlands

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What is Low Self Esteem?

Low Self Esteem is when we think about ourselves as a bit ‘useless’ or have a low opinion of ourselves and our abilities in general.

Self esteem is the term we use to describe how we think about ourselves.

When our self-esteem is healthy, we tend to feel good about ourselves and have a positive outlook on life in general.

A high self-esteem gives us the courage and strength to deal with the ups and downs in life – without them having a long-term impact on our health and well-being.

We also tend to ‘process’ our achievements more effectively on a day-to-day basis which can keep our self-esteem ‘topped-up’ resulting in a general feeling of well-being.

However, when we have low sense of self worth, our thoughts and feelings about ourselves are generally negative.

We are more likely to focus on our weaknesses and be overly critical of the things we do and mistakes we’ve made.

The common symptoms of Low Self Esteem

Symptoms of Low Self Esteem

Low self esteem affects us all in different ways.

There are however common signs to look out for.

If a person feels like they are inadequate or unworthy, their behaviour will reflect this.

They act in a way that confirms they aren’t able to do things or aren’t very good, known as confirmation bias – a leaning towards interpreting events in a way consistent with what we believe about ourselves.

Common indicators of low self esteem are:

  • Feeling hopeless or depressed
  • Feeling bored with life
  • Having no motivation
  • Lack of assertiveness
  • Being overly sensitive to criticism
  • Believing there’s nothing to look forward to
  • Thinking negatively about yourself
  • Feeling tired a lot of the time
  • Feeling like a failure

Do YOU Have Low Self-Esteem?

Why not take the Self-Esteem Quiz here on our site and find out for yourself.

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What Causes Low Self Esteem?

It is generally believed that our esteem stems from experiences in early childhood.

Our history and relationships with those around us – including our parents, friends and siblings – shape the opinion we have ourselves.

We receive a combination of positive and negative messages as we grow up, but for some people it tends to be the negative ones that stick.

Feelings of not being good enough can continue into adulthood.

How we develop our self-esteem through adolescence can impact our future levels of self-worth.

Traumatic life events such as abuse or serious illness can also cause self-esteem to plummet.

Being forced into a physical or emotional position against your will can make it very hard to trust yourself or others.

It can leave you feeling out of control and in your head you may have convinced yourself you were to blame in some way.


CBT for Low Self Esteem

If you’re committed to overcoming your self esteem problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.

The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic course of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand the psychological aspects of your problem.

It can also help you to identify any unhelpful thinking styles or limiting beliefs that might be reinforcing the issue.

The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme. if you prefer not to consult a therapist directly.

CBT is an empirically supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

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Free Initial Consultations for Low Self Esteem

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your self esteem problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.

The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.

During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.

At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different mental health problems.

Using our online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.

It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.


Buy Your CBT Course Here

You can purchase your course of CBT in our shop by clicking on any of the links below.

Self-Help CBT Course - £149

Course + 2 Clinical Sessions - £299

Course + 5 Clinical Sessions - £499

Course + 10 Clinical Sessions - £799

Areas We Serve


Tranceform offers CBT, therapy & counselling for people living in:

  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Wombourne
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury
  • Shropshire

For those living further afield, we also offer Online Therapy Services using Zoom.