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Confidence and Self-Esteem

I already know that most people that walk through my door have a problem with self-esteem. The sort of problems that I deal with such as anxiety and depression always lead to low self-esteem. I guess most people are wondering why I’m specifically using the words self-esteem rather than confidence. The reason is that there’s a huge difference between confidence and self –esteem. Confidence is the thing that people see on the outside, whether you seem relaxed and happy in situations. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. You can be hugely confident and have low self-esteem, or have great self-esteem and low confidence. Some have low self-esteem and confidence.

Confused yet?! The fact that you can have low self-esteem but good confidence gives us clues about improving confidence. Have a think about people you know who are very negative and critical about themselves but are always ‘the life and soul of the party.’ An interesting thing that people with low self-esteem sometimes do is to appear very confident (often aided and abetted with large quantities of alcohol), when in fact it’s just an act and they need the attention to try and feed their low self-esteem. You can act as if you are confident in situations, just as people do with low self-esteem. Think about somebody you know or respect who seems genuinely confident and think about how they would appear in certain situations; copy their body language and the type of things they would say. The more you practice, the better you will get at appearing confident until it becomes a part of you, rather than ‘trying to act as if.’

Self-esteem is a different ‘animal’ and often needs professional help as the reasons why you don’t like who you are can be complex and deep rooted. Usual reasons are over critical parenting, leading you to feel that you never achieve things (perversely often a problem with high achievers) and a (faulty) value and belief system that tells you that the world and other people don’t like or approve you.

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Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.

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I want to thank you Wendy from the bottom of my heart for guiding me through what must have been the most difficult time of my life.

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I was told she was the best and they were right.

Noelle Dray

Although I consider myself a confident person, I was really nervous when I met Wendy for the first time. I had only emailed her before so it was really nerve wracking walking up the stairs to her office. I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I have ever done. Wendy is really normal, no in fact she isn’t normal as she is unfailingly bright and smiley even when she has to listen to me moan on about how awful my life was. It feels like having a chat with somebody who just gets you and you can trust with things you have never trusted anybody else with before. The magic bit comes when things you have talked about just pop up into your head and you start to do things differently. Wendy once joked about not having a magic wand, but I think she has.

Paul Hendry

I came to Wendy with a set of problems I have never been able to fully explain to anyone, which included grief, many family issues and alcohol problems. Wendy truly has an active listening style and absorbs everything you are saying, whilst not making you feel analysed, it is an incredible skill. She astounded me at how she got to the crux of the issues so fast. So much so that we both agreed I only needed one session with her, obviously this may not be the case with everyone but I would confidently recommend her to anyone, regardless of your problems. There was no awkwardness or even clock watching, she is wonderful at what she does, take the plunge and make an appointment, you will not regret it. Life is a direction not a destination and she will get you on the path again.

JB

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