Self-esteem is how we perceive ourselves, and how much we value ourselves. It is made up of thoughts and opinions, often formed in our early years, about who we are, what we are capable of and how others see us. These thoughts and opinions tend to be heavily influenced by experiences we have and have had in the past and by the people we are and were surrounded by. When these thoughts and opinions are negative a person can be suffering from low self-esteem. For example, someone with a critical parent, or someone who was bullied at school may suffer from low self-esteem.

Another important factor in low self-esteem is the influence of society and the media, especially social media. We see other people's seemingly perfect lives and this can easily make us feel inadequate by comparison - despite that fact that the wonderful lives exhibited on social media are often false or at least a highly sanitised version of the truth.

The beliefs we have about ourselves can feel ingrained and difficult to change. The good news is that they can be changed and I can help you to change them.

Hypnotherapy can be very effective for improving your self-esteem as it works directly with your subconscious, where your negative thoughts reside. The aim of hypnotherapy in this case is to communicate directly with your subconscious, to change negative thinking patterns and to encourage a more positive view of yourself.

Counselling can also help you to improve your self-esteem by exploring where your opinion of yourself comes from and how to critically assess the beliefs that led to it and replace them with more current, truthful and realistic positive beliefs about yourself.