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Discover how starting self-image counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Self-image counseling

What is Self-image counseling?

Self-image counseling is a type of therapy that addresses an individual's mental perception or image of themself, something that can have a great effect on one's emotional state and mental well-being. When someone has a poor self-image, it can be hard to shift that perspective without outside help. Thriveworks self-image counseling in Amherst can guide individuals in their journey of self-acceptance, helping them learn to shift their perspectives and address negative patterns that may be bringing their self-image down.

How does Self-image counseling work?

Self-image counseling is focused heavily on the individual, attempting to discover what thoughts, feelings, or experiences might be tied to their negative self-image. By uncovering the source(s) of their self-doubt and self-hate, clients can break down the barriers keeping them from accepting and loving themself, as well as learn practices and strategies to help them maintain a positive self-image.

Is Self-image counseling conducted in person or online?

Self-image counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Self-image counseling last?

Self-image counseling is situation-specific, as each client and their issues with self-image will be different. Individuals new to the struggle of negative self-image may only need a few months of counseling, while others who have deep-seated and long-standing self-image concerns may want to remain in counseling for years or indefinitely to help them maintain a positive self-image. Thriveworks counseling in Amherst, MA will last as long as necessary to help clients meet their therapeutic needs.

Need more help deciding?

Today’s world can make it seem like the only two things that matter are how fast you can succeed and who’s watching you do it. That’s neither a sustainable nor healthy outlook, but it’s so easy to find ourselves in the comparison trap.

When we compare, our flaws are amplified, and strengths minimized. It becomes normal to have low self-esteem. While it may be normal, your negative self-image isn’t healthy. And it’s not a true reflection of who you are! Thriveworks Amherst counselors are here to help you build a true self-image. (You’re pretty awesome by the way!)

Why do we do this? Because you have more potential and strengths than you know and are entirely worth it. Everyone has weaknesses. Those flaws don’t erase all the good in you. If you’re ready to look at your reflection with pride and love, Thriveworks Amherst Self-image counseling may be for you. If your self-doubts and poor self-image is hindering you from getting all you can out of life, please schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks Amherst Therapist by today by calling 413-634-4805.

What Is Self-Image?

Self-image is just a term that compiles all the ways you view yourself. Part of it is your self-esteem (how confident you are in your ability to succeed). The other parts will be different for every person. Maybe it’s how you look, your personality, success at work, social adeptness, or so much more. Some of these facets you might feel pretty good about! Others, you might think you’re the absolute worst. Self-image counseling will break down the lies so we can form an accurate image of yourself. More often than not, this is acknowledging the positive character traits we have brushed aside, or finally unwinding a lie we’ve believed about ourselves. Understanding and accepting weaknesses is also important. Thriveworks Amherst will do it all in a counseling session for Self-image.

One of the most discouraging thins about struggling with negative self-image is how we assume we’ll fail at things before we’ve even tried! Other times, we feel as if deep down, there’s something very wrong. Something that can’t be fixed.

It’s an isolating battle that feels hopeless at times. Both of those are lies your negative self-image is telling. Thriveworks Amherst has counselors who understand these lies and the toll they take inside and out and are ready to be your best guide and supporter as you build up your true self-image.

Still unconvinced Self-image counseling is worth it? We get it! To help, we’ve made a list of some symptoms that might mean negative self-image has taken over.

  • Unwillingness to try new things
  • Anxiety
  • Self-hatred
  • Laziness
  • Perfectionism
  • Mentally replaying mistakes
  • Overthinking future decisions
  • Depression
  • Negative self-talk
  • Codependency
  • Pressure to please others

Self-image is such a simple word that carries a lot of weight. When it gets bad enough, negative self-image can cause insomnia, headaches, and fatigue. It can stop you from living life to the fullest. You deserve the best for yourself and to see yourself in the best light. Thriveworks Amherst Self-image counseling is excited to start that journey with you.

What Does Self-Image Counseling Look Like?

Thriveworks Amherst always practices a client-first philosophy. What does this mean? It means your goals, situation, and personality will help guide the counseling session. Self-image counseling is all about you! We can be your guides and offer many helpful tools along the way, but when it comes down to it, the only person who can change you is you! (We have complete faith you’ll be able to!)

Of course, all journeys are made easier with the right equipment and a good partner. Thriveworks Amherst counselors are great partners, and we have quite a few choice tools as well. During a self-image counseling session, we might:

  • Explore the roots of low self-esteem
  • Learn how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones
  • Help you develop self-compassion
  • Make reachable life goals
  • Plan confidence-boosting activities in your life
  • Address any co-morbid disorders that can come with negative self-image (depression, anxiety, or eating disorders are a few examples)

It takes years of unkind thoughts and harsh judgments to form a negative self-image. So, go easy on yourself- it’s going to take a lot to break the bad habits and form new ones. But we 100% believe you can and are excited to prove it to you!

It’s so easy to slip into a negative self-image. A casting glance in the mirror and self-deprecating thought seems harmless, maybe even humble. There’s a fine line between humility and negative self-image though. (One we might explore in a counseling session!) That one thought cascades into many thoughts, which turns into actions, which strengthen the thoughts. Soon they become full on beliefs that are very, very far from the truth.

Schedule Self-Image Counseling at Thriveworks Amherst

There’s nothing light or easy about struggling with negative self-image. It’s just as painful as it is real. Thriveworks Amherst knows it doesn’t have to be this way though. So, if you or a loved one suffers from self-esteem issues, call a professional therapist or counselor at 413-634-4805 today. A healthy image and freedom from the lies are a possibility you could have!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 32 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Amherst is located in the same building as Yoga Center Amherst and Mexcalito Taco Bar. We are right by the intersection of Kellogg Ave and Boltwood Walk, and nearby is the intersection of Kellogg Ave and N Pleasant Street. Near this intersection is Build Yoga and Wellness, The Halal Cart, Richard’s Coin Exchange, and a US Post Office.

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(413) 340-5164

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