Self Esteem


Self-esteem is critical to a child’s development. Self-esteem is about liking and accepting yourself, feeling worthy, and believing in your capabilities and abilities to achieve and succeed in life. With healthy self-esteem, a child will have the confidence to venture into new activities and persevere even in the face of difficulties and challenges.

Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

Children with low self-esteem often display the following symptoms: 

  • Lack of confidence
  • Unable to handle failure 
  • Avoid new experiences 
  • Have a negative image of themselves and perceive themselves as unlikeable or stupid 
  • Find it difficult to develop and maintain friendships 
  • Tendency to put themselves down or say things like “I am stupid”
  • Are not proud of their achievements
  • Are constantly comparing themselves with their peers in a negative manner 

Psychological therapy is useful in helping your child develop a healthy sense of self-esteem. Therapy can help to identify and modify thoughts and beliefs that perpetuate a negative perception of self, identify strengths, help build confidence and self-worth, and teach skills to help develop health relationships.