Counselling

Counselling

Low self-esteem is awful to live with. Your experience of low self-esteem will be different to anyone else's but common symptoms include anxiety (especially social anxiety), depression or low-mood, shyness, a pattern of underachieving, believing that you're a failure and constantly putting other people before yourself.

There are often complex reasons why you might have low self-esteem which can make it challenging to deal with on your own. Also, the very nature of having low self-esteem can make it difficult to talk to friends and family about what you're experiencing and sometimes their well-intentioned attempts to help can actually make you feel worse.

The most effective way that my clients have found to increase their self-esteem combines two processes. We need to understand why you have low self-esteem. This includes looking at possible causes such as bullying, how your life is being affected now and how low self-esteem is being maintained.

Alongside this, I will give you some practical things which you can use between sessions to start controlling the symptoms and boosting your self-esteem. These can include using bullet journals and thought records, relaxation techniques and different ways of behaving and communicating which can help to make you feel more confident.

We will work together in a friendly, supportive and collaborative way. You will never be judged or criticised by me. Counselling is a highly confidential activity which is focused on helping you.

Do you want to start working on boosting your self-esteem?

The first step is to give me a call or text me on 07908 861505 or send me an email at richard@rptherapy.co.uk. I may not answer straight away but I will always reply as quickly as I can. If you don't like talking on the phone that's not a problem, just let me know in your text or email and I'll make sure that I text or email you back instead of calling.

I'll invite you in to have a free initial meeting with me which, depending on availability, will usually be within a week. This meeting can last up to an hour. During the meeting I'll take some basic admin information from you, explain my confidentiality and data protection policies, we'll discuss how you're feeling and I'll give you some information about how we might work to increase your self-esteem. You'll then have a chance to ask me any questions that you want and you can then decide if you'd like to work with me or not.

If you're not sure if you want to work with me that's not a problem at all, I'm perfectly happy for you to take a few days to consider it. It's important that you work with the therapist who feels right for you, if I'm not that therapist then I'll be very happy to give you the details of some other people in this area who may be able to help you.

If you would like to work with me then we'll book our first appointment which will usually be within a week of us meeting.

I know that the thought of opening up to someone can be scary (if not terrifying!) but remember, you are in control. We'll go at your pace to discuss what is important for you. I work very hard to be friendly and supportive during counselling and so far no one has left because I'm scary!


As well as specialising in self-esteem, I have experience of supporting clients with:

  • Anxiety
  • Childhood abuse
  • Depression
  • Low confidence
  • Identity issues
  • Negotiating life transitions
  • Relationship problems
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Work-related stress

Please Contact me to discuss if counselling can help you.