How to Find a Therapist When Dealing with Serious Self-Esteem Issues

Self-esteem issues are often hard to work out, especially for older people who have grown up feeling badly about themselves.  Friends and family can help you get over your insecurities or your fears but they can only do so much to cheer you up.  The real change can happen if you start with yourself, and if you’re willing to let go of your inhibitions, your fears, and your worries.  If you feel the need to talk to someone who can help you get a better understanding of your feelings, maybe it’s time to seek the help of professionals.  Counselors and therapists are licensed individuals who can offer their ears and their professional opinions regarding your issues.  Here’s a guide on how to find a therapist when dealing with serious self-esteem issues.

Step #1:  Ask help from family and close friends.

Your family and close friends are probably the people you can first go to when trying to find a therapist.  Maybe an aunt or an uncle knows a reliable therapist who can help you with your issues.  You can also ask close friends who understand you well if they could refer you to a psychologist specializing on self-esteem issues.  Your friends and family can also refer you to support groups and forums online where those who need help can
find assuring words and referrals to reputable counselors.

Step #2:  Narrow down your options.

Once you’re able to get a list of possible therapists, it’s time to narrow down your options.  The factors you will have to consider include the expertise of the therapist and if you’re comfortable with him or her.

If you’re looking for a therapist for your child, see if your kid
is comfortable talking to a stranger about his or her feelings.  When narrowing down your options, keep in mind that counselors from school or even in camp can also help your child get over his or her insecurities and fears.

Step #3:  Visit the chosen therapist.

The next step is to drop by the chosen therapist’s clinic or office.  By doing so, you will be able to get a feel of what it’s like to actually talk to a psychologist.  Try to ask more questions about the therapist’s credentials.  If you think you’re uncomfortable with a certain therapist, you can always look for another one that can best help you with your issues and needs.

Along with the guidance of a professional, your family’s, and friends’ support, you’ll be able to slowly conquer self-esteem issues.

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