Self-Esteem & Self Development

What is it

Low self-esteem is a negative sense of self that results when people primarily think about themselves in a negative way (Fennel, 1998). They usually have a number of negative core beliefs about themselves, which may include labels like “I’m stupid”, “unlovable”, “unworthy”, or “a failure”. People with low self-esteem may also pay more attention to life events that confirm these negative ideas about themselves and discard evidence that may lead to a more positive, balanced view.
 
Low self-esteem can be a symptom of current mental health problems such as depression or life stressors like job loss or chronic illness. In fact, if a person’s low view of themself began only after they became depressed or experienced a life stressor then these should be the primary focus of treatment. However low self-esteem can also make you vulnerable to developing mental health problems like depression, eating disorders and anxiety disorders. In these cases clients can benefit when low self-esteem is the focus of treatment.

What it includes

People with self-esteem often engage in a number of self-defeating behaviours and thinking patterns including:
 
  • Self-criticism and self doubt
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Lack of assertiveness
  • Difficulty recognizing positive qualities in oneself
  • Negative predictions for the future
  • Avoidance of challenges and opportunities
  • Perfectionism or being a “workaholic”
  • A focus on perceived negative life events that confirm a negative views of self
  • Difficulties with depression, anxiety or anger
 
If you have been suffering from a number of these symptoms it might be a sign that you could benefit from professional support.

What we do

Low self esteem is treatable and you don’t have to go through it on your own. A psychologist can help you engage in a number of evidence based treatments for low self esteem including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
 
Treatment may include helping you understand the origins of your low self esteem, how it may be linked to other problems, challenge negative core  beliefs, decrease thoughts and behaviours that are maintaining your low self esteem, and help you to develop a more balanced, positive view of yourself (Fennel, 1998).

Our Practitioners

Barb Gonda

"Psychologist, Brisbane Mind Approved Provider"

I have a broadly based background comprising of experience in counselling, training, therapy group facilitation and management. In previous lives I have also been a registered nurse and a naval office...

To make an appointment, you can book Barb Gonda online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Bernadette Sharry

"Psychologist ( child and family focus)"

Bernadette has appointments available at Nundah on Saturdays. To book an appointment please call KCPsych on (07) 3256 6320 or book online now. A profile on Bernadette is coming soon. Please call KCPsy...

To make an appointment, you can book Bernadette Sharry online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Donna Fedrick

"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"

Completed B. of S.Sc. (Psych) at QUT and Grad. Dip. Of Professional Psychology at Bond University. I have had five years experience in corporate and government, then 10 years in Private Practice worki...

To make an appointment, you can book Donna Fedrick online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

"Clinical Psychologist"

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli, Clinical Psychologist B.Psych Sc (Hons 1), M.Clin Psych, PhD (Psychology). MAPS, MCCLIN, MPAIG, MPAWS Dr Bronwyn Massavelli is a registered Clinical Psychologist and provider wi...

To make an appointment, you can book Dr Bronwyn Massavelli online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Heather Menzies (Visiting Consultant)

"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"

A qualified Early Childhood Teacher, and registered Psychologist, Heather has been providing psychological support to a wide range of clients for over 10 years. Heather has a broad range of experience...

To make an appointment, you can book Heather Menzies (Visiting Consultant) online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Jasmin Singh

"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"

Jasmin has completed six years of study at the University of Queensland to attain her registration as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice and in mobile service settings. She presented h...

To make an appointment, you can book Jasmin Singh online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Jenna Campbell

"Clinical Psychologist Registrar"

Jenna has completed seven years of study at the University of Queensland to attain her registration as a psychologist. She completed a Master of Clinical Psychology and is currently in the Clinical Re...

To make an appointment, you can book Jenna Campbell online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Kristie Clarke

"Clinical Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"

Kristie has completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Newcastle and a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. She is a STAP Approved Supervisor, a...

To make an appointment, you can book Kristie Clarke online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Leanne Heffernan

"Psychologist, Brisbane Minds Approved Provider"

Graduated from Macquarie University Masters of Applied Psychology in 1995. Since that time have worked in a number of different areas of psychology however the last 8 years in private practice focussi...

To make an appointment, you can book Leanne Heffernan online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Marianna Masiorski

"Psychologist, Brisbane Mind Approved Provider"

Marianna Masiorski has been practicing as a Psychologist since 1997. She obtained her Honours degree in Psychology from James Cook University in North Queensland. Marianna has found that her growth an...

To make an appointment, you can book Marianna Masiorski online, or call KCPSYCH on 3256 6320 today.

Author

Jenna Campbell