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What Are the Pros and Cons of Psychotherapy for Self-Esteem?

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In general, there are a large number of pros for psychotherapy for self-esteem, and very few cons. The most significant pros are that an individual working with a psychologist in therapy is often able to identify the specific reasons for his or her self-esteem issues and begin working on specific behavioral changes to address them. The cons to psychotherapy for self-esteem can include the cost of the therapy, which can be quite a lot if it is not covered by insurance, as well as the fact that some people are simply uncomfortable discussing issues with someone they don't know; moreover such therapy is not equally effective with all patients.

Self-esteem issues are some of the most common topics addressed in psychotherapy, because these issues are found at the root of many other problems, such as relationship issues or communication problems, among others. A therapist will be able to work with a client to help him or her identify the real cause for his low self-esteem, which often comes from an unrealistic view of the world around him. Psychotherapy for self-esteem allows individuals to get at the root of issues that may be difficult to accomplish independently. Therapists can ask guiding questions and help patients to explore issues more deeply.

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Another one of the benefits to psychotherapy for self-esteem is that a therapist can help clients to target specific behaviors or thought patterns that contribute to their low self-esteem, and identify changes they can make to alter these thoughts and actions. This may include teaching patients ways to focus on the positive aspects of their lives, and their successes, rather than the times they perceive as their failures. It may also include specific positive affirmations, or phrases that individuals repeat to break the cycle of negative self-talk.

Though psychotherapy for self-esteem is almost entirely positive, there are some potential cons that need to be taken into account. First, it is necessary to find a therapist with whom an individual feels comfortable; this can take some time or be a trial-and-error process, which some people find frustrating. In addition, opening up to an unknown person, even a professional, can be an uncomfortable experience for some people, making them less likely to continue with the therapy, even if it would eventually help. The costs of psychotherapy can be very high, whether or not it is covered by health insurance. This can make it difficult or even impossible for some people to attain the treatment they need.

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