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What does it mean to have low self-esteem?

Everyone feels insecure now and again. Our self-esteem can vary from one day to the next. One day you may feel proud of yourself for bringing in a new client or passing an exam, but the next day you might feel disappointed in yourself for letting a friend down. We should all aim to have a predominantly positive image of ourselves – this ensures that we feel self-confident and that we can be the best version of ourselves.

Many people suffer from low self-esteem. You may feel that you are not ‘good enough’, stupid, ugly or insignificant. This can often influence the choices you make in life – for example, you may not look for a job as you feel that you have no chance of success, or you may not respond to somebody attractive who flirts with you in a bar as you simply can’t believe that they would be attracted to you. This can lead to the feeling that your life is on hold, while everyone else is moving onwards. This feeling can reinforce a low self-esteem, which can lead you into a negative vicious circle.

Signs of low self-esteem

Low self-esteem is not a diagnosis. It refers to the way in which you view yourself and the value you give yourself. People with low self-esteem often have negative or critical thoughts about themselves. They set the bar low for themselves and fail to acknowledge their strengths.

This is often accompanied by chronic worrying, sadness, fear and sleep problems.

Get to know our certified psychologists

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Simone das Dores

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Lotte Hendriks


What to expect?

An 8- to 16-week
programme tailored
to your needs

Based on
scientific theories

discussions with a
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What can I do today to boost my self-esteem?

Starting something new can feel challenging, especially if you are struggling with low self-esteem. By visiting this web page, you have already taken the first step – you are aware of your situation and you are seeking information. Here is a list we have made for you of some best practices – you can try these tips out straight away:


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"Pleasant and personal approach, professional and to the point. Good combination of face to face appointments and online follow-up / reminders to remain engaged in the process.”

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"I had 100% trust in my psychologists because of their kindness, empathy and professionalism. I felt they really cared about me. They did everything they could to help me move forward.”

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Would you rather have the support of a professional?

Contact one of our psychologists today without obligation. You can talk about your feelings and symptoms and get information about a suitable treatment programme for you.