Self-esteem refers to an individual’s assessment of their own value and can be described as self-worth, self-regard, self-respect, and self-integrity. Human beings are unique in their ability to have self-awareness, essentially the ability to form an identity and attach worth or value to it. Unfortunately, in having this ability, we also have the ability to judge and reject parts of ourselves. Having a positive or healthy self-esteem is believed to be associated with academic achievement, happiness in marriage and relationships, and high career functioning. Having a low self-esteem is often associated with psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. Low self-esteem can also relate to anger problems and perfectionism.
Low self-esteem can be experienced in very specific areas (such as the perception that oneself is bad at sports, work, or parenting), or it can be more pervasive or characterological. Characterological self-esteem involves an overall rejection of oneself as bad or even worthless. This type of low self-esteem likely develops in early childhood and can negatively impact many areas of life. Low self-esteem is often associated with low mood, high anxiety, and low self-efficacy. Challenging negative thoughts, changing avoidance behaviours and developing a stronger sense of self can be targeted with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.
We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More
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Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.
Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More
The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More