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Every person deserves to have high self-esteem. Unfortunately, many life experiences undermine your self-esteem, destroying your confidence and making it hard to build relationships and achieve your dreams. If you struggle with low self-esteem, Kelly Thompson, LCSW, helps you explore the reasons and regain the strong, healthy self-esteem you need to succeed in life. To learn more about self-esteem therapy, call the office in Waco, Texas, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.

Self-Esteem Q & A

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem refers to how you think and feel about yourself. If you feel confident and worthy of respect, you have healthy self-esteem. As a result, you feel sure enough to make decisions, set boundaries, and express your needs. You also accept your strengths and weaknesses.

Your self-esteem can change throughout your lifetime. Your experiences, especially how other people treat you, can negatively or positively affect your self-esteem.

What causes low self-esteem?

Low self-esteem frequently begins early in life when your parents or caregivers ignore or criticize you. Your self-esteem also takes a hit when others, whether your caregivers, friends, or partner, expect you to behave in ways that don’t respect your unique personality, beliefs, and goals.

Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse dramatically diminish your self-esteem. Low self-esteem also develops if you lose your job, are bullied, or face discrimination based on your sexual identity, income, appearance, weight, or religion.

If you have low self-esteem, you may:

  • Lack confidence
  • Criticize yourself
  • Focus on your weaknesses
  • Compare yourself to others
  • Not being able to express your needs
  • Have a negative outlook
  • Assume the worst
  • Put others' needs ahead of your own
  • Mistake feelings for facts

Mistaking feelings for facts means that you feel stupid or worthless, despite proof that you're not.

How does low self-esteem affect my well-being?

Low self-esteem fills your life with negative thoughts and beliefs, eventually affecting your overall health and well-being.

When you have low self-esteem, you're at risk of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Codependency
  • Self-harming

People with low self-esteem often struggle to build and maintain healthy relationships. As a result, they may be lonely and isolated. 

How is low self-esteem treated?


Kelly specializes in treating the whole person, drawing from many techniques to rebuild your self-esteem. Depending on your unique needs, your treatment may include therapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or other approaches that help you explore your emotions and past experiences.


Low self-esteem is also associated with mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Kelly treats other conditions along with your self-esteem.

With guidance from Kelly Thompson, LCSW, you can recover high self-esteem. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

Kelly Thompson, LCSW
✆ Phone (appointments):  915-223-5180 
✆ Phone (general inquiries):  915-223-5180
 Address: 7000 Canterbury Drive, Waco, TX 76712