Therapy for Self-Esteem and Co-dependency
Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Do you often feel awkward and self-conscious in social settings? Are you constantly comparing yourself to others and finding you never measure up? Do you find your purpose in the managing of someone else’s life?
Self-esteem and co-dependency are concepts that speaks to how we feel about ourselves. When one has high self-esteem, they feel confident, centered, and worthy of love. They can live a life independent of someone else. People with low self-esteem or co-dependency issues often feel shame, self-doubt, and uncertain about their purpose. They often feel critical of themselves and are unworthy of love or praise.
- Recognizing Low Self-Esteem and Co-dependency – Individuals with low self-esteem typically cope with it using one of the following three models:
- Imposter Syndrome – These individuals project false confidence and use their accomplishments to mask their insecurities. We often find perfectionists and procrastinators in this group.
- Rebellion – These individuals pretend to not care about what others think of them. Feelings of inferiority may often come across as anger or blame. Some may act out by defying authority and even breaking the law.
- Victimhood – In this scenario, low self-esteem causes the person to feel helpless in the face of life’s challenges. They may play the role of the victim and rely on others.
- Lack of Independence – In this scenario, individuals can not find direction or purpose without being connect to someone who they believe “needs them”.
Regardless of how low self-esteem and co-dependency manifests, the results are always the same:
- Depression and anxiety
- Lack of joy in life
- Anger, guilt, sadness
- A lack of resilience
- Eating issues
Treatment for Low Self-Esteem / Co-dependency
The good news is that self-esteem is something that can be changed by changing your beliefs, behavior and how you think about yourself. Having said this, most people developed their self-esteem issues in childhood and have been living with low self-esteem or co-dependency for a very long time. For this reason, it is advised that they seek the guidance of a trained therapist.
Having a knowledgeable and supportive therapist in your corner can help you develop a healthier and more realistic sense of self. We will help you connect the dots in your life, discover where your low self-esteem or co-dependency came from, and provide tools so you can absolve your negative beliefs and critical self-talk and replace them with self-love and self-compassion.
If you are suffering and would like to explore treatment options, please reach out to us.