Low self-esteem can be characterised as a general discomfort in accepting yourself for who you are. People with low self esteem have a negative view of the self and believe other people hold similar critical perceptions of them.

Low self-esteem can affect anyone, however not everybody is affected to the same extent by core negative beliefs about the self. The impact tends to depend on the part that it currently plays in your life.


  • A belief that you are truly weak, inadequate, inferior or lacking in some way
  • Worries about uncertainty and self-doubt
  • Unkind and self-critical thinking
  • Low self-worth and a belief that you are not entitled to the good things in this life
  • A consistent pattern of underperformance and avoidance of challenges, or perfectionism and relentless hard work due to the fear of failure
  • Withdrawing from social contact or avoiding any sort of intimacy, or going all out to be the life and soul of the party, or always putting others needs before your own
  • Lack of self care or a great deal of attention to how one looks or comes across

Best Evidence-Based Treatments

Empirical evidence suggests that CBT is an effective intervention for the treatment of low self-esteem.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
Cognitive behavioural therapy is considered the best approach for overcoming low self esteem. CBT provides a framework to understand how the problem developed and what is currently maintaining the problems. CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts, beliefs and behaviours to undermine self-critical thinking and enhance self-acceptance.

Elite Psychology comprises of an expert team, specialising in the range of best private evidence-based therapy for low self esteem. Our highly qualified Associates are accredited in the most successful therapies, complimented by psychiatrists who can prescribe medication on private prescriptions. We can assess you and provide the most efficacious therapy tailored to your difficulties. We know the importance of being understood, and endeavour to deliver the highest standard of psychological interventions to meet your needs.

Call us on 020 3815 7935 for further information or to book an assessment. Alternatively you can complete the online contact form.