Self-Esteen &
Body Image

"True beauty radiates from within"


At Nova Psychology, we are dedicated to fostering positive mental well-being by offering specialized therapy services tailored to address self-esteem and body image concerns. Our team of compassionate and experienced psychologists creates a supportive and non-judgmental environment where individuals can explore and navigate the complex landscape of their self-perception. We employ evidence-based therapeutic approaches to empower our clients with the tools and insights needed to enhance self-esteem and cultivate a positive body image. Through personalized sessions, we collaborate with individuals to identify and challenge negative thought patterns, fostering a sense of self-acceptance and confidence. At Nova Psychology, we believe in the transformative power of self-love, guiding our clients on a journey towards embracing their uniqueness and developing a healthier relationship with their bodies.

Self Esteem And Body Image


  • Social Pressures: Struggling with societal expectations and norms, particularly related to beauty standards.
  • Negative Self-Talk: Engaging in self-critical thoughts and damaging internal dialogue about one’s abilities, appearance, or worth.
  • Comparison: Constantly comparing oneself to others, often exacerbated by the idealized images portrayed in media and on social platforms.
  • Distorted Body Image: Experiencing dissatisfaction with weight, shape, or specific physical features, sometimes leading to body dysmorphia.
  • Eating Disorders: Developing unhealthy relationships with food and eating habits as a result of body image concerns.
  • Cultural Influences: Navigating conflicting cultural expectations and standards that may contribute to feelings of inadequacy.
  • Media Portrayal: Feeling pressured to conform to unrealistic beauty ideals perpetuated by the media, advertising, and entertainment industries.
  • Peer Judgments: Coping with judgments or comparisons from peers, friends, or social circles.
  • Impact on Mental Health: Experiencing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression, as a consequence of low self-esteem and negative body image.
  • Relationship Strain: Struggling with interpersonal relationships due to the impact of self-esteem and body image concerns on one’s confidence and self-worth.


  • Increased Self-Awareness: Therapy helps individuals explore and understand the root causes of their self-esteem issues, fostering greater self-awareness.
  • Identifying Negative Thought Patterns: Therapists assist in recognizing and challenging negative thought patterns, helping individuals reframe their perceptions and build healthier cognitive habits.
  • Building Coping Strategies: Therapy equips individuals with effective coping strategies to manage stress, challenges, and setbacks, promoting resilience and a more positive mindset.
  • Encouraging Self-Compassion: Therapists guide clients in developing self-compassion and self-acceptance, essential components of building a healthier self-esteem.
  • Setting Realistic Goals: Through therapy, individuals can establish realistic and achievable goals, fostering a sense of accomplishment and boosting confidence.
  • Improving Communication Skills: Enhanced communication skills contribute to better self-expression, assertiveness, and the ability to set boundaries, positively impacting self-esteem in social interactions.
  • Exploring Personal Strengths: Therapy facilitates the exploration and recognition of personal strengths, talents, and achievements, reinforcing a more positive self-image.
  • Addressing Past Trauma: For those with self-esteem issues rooted in past trauma, therapy provides a safe space to address and process these experiences, paving the way for healing.
  • Promoting Self-Care Practices: Therapists guide individuals in developing healthy self-care routines that contribute to overall well-being, both physically and emotionally.
  • Supportive Environment: The therapeutic relationship itself offers a supportive and non-judgmental space where individuals can express themselves freely, fostering a sense of validation and acceptance.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective therapeutic approach for managing self-esteem and body image concerns. Here are key ways in which CBT can be applied:
    • Identifying Negative Thoughts:
      •  CBT helps individuals recognize and challenge negative thoughts related to self-esteem and body image.
      • Techniques such as journaling are used to document and analyze these thoughts.
    • Examining Core Beliefs:
      • Core beliefs about self-worth and body image are explored, and clients work with therapists to identify and challenge distorted beliefs.
    • Cognitive Restructuring:
      • CBT involves restructuring negative thought patterns through evidence-based techniques.
      • Clients learn to replace irrational thoughts with more balanced and realistic ones, promoting positive self-perception.
    • Behavioural Experiments:
      • Clients engage in behavioral experiments to test the validity of their negative beliefs.
      • This practical approach helps individuals gather evidence that challenges and modifies their distorted perceptions.
    • Graded Exposure:
      • Gradual exposure to feared or avoided situations related to body image can be part of CBT.
      • This technique helps individuals confront and overcome their anxieties in a controlled manner.


    • Setting Realistic Goals:
      • CBT helps individuals set achievable goals related to self-esteem and body image.
      • The process involves breaking down larger goals into smaller, manageable steps for a sense of accomplishment.
    • Mindfulness Techniques:
      • Mindfulness practices are integrated to increase awareness of the present moment without judgment.
      • Mindfulness can help individuals detach from negative thoughts and foster self-acceptance.
    • Developing Coping Strategies:
      • CBT equips individuals with effective coping strategies to deal with setbacks, challenges, and negative emotions.
      • Healthy coping mechanisms are reinforced to replace maladaptive strategies.
    • Promoting Positive Reinforcement:
      • Clients are encouraged to recognize and celebrate their achievements and positive qualities.
      • Positive reinforcement helps build a more balanced and realistic self-perception.
    • Relapse Prevention:
      • CBT includes strategies for preventing relapse, providing individuals with tools to continue managing self-esteem and body image concerns independently.
Overall, CBT offers a structured and goal-oriented approach that empowers individuals to change negative thought patterns, behaviours, and emotions related to self-esteem and body image.