Low self-esteem generally starts in childhood. Self-esteem and self-image have many over lapping features. Self-image focuses more on how we see ourselves. Self-esteem and poor self-image can be attributed to many situations such as excessive criticism, minimal affection or support, being compared unfavorably to another or being criticized for your weight or appearance which often lead to decreased self-worth.
Low self-esteem and poor self-image can be the underlying cause of anxiety, eating disorders, depression, addictive behaviors, domestic violence, sexual acting out and gang affiliation.
When addressing low self-esteem or poor self-image, it is important to address the symptoms and the core issues. Counseling can help you to improve your self-esteem and your self-image. A therapist can help you to get underneath the symptoms and truly change and improve your life.