Developing a Healthier Self-Image in Franklin, MA—Getting Help from a Therapist or Counselor

Developing a Healthier Self-Image in Franklin, MA—Getting Help from a Therapist or Counselor

Nowadays, it’s all about two things: how fast are you succeeding and who can see it. Of course, this is a recipe for disaster.

Social media plus a competitive world can wreak havoc on our self-image. Our flaws are magnified, and strengths belittled. But while low self-esteem may look like the norm, it’s far from healthy.

You don’t have to fall into the same trap! Thriveworks Franklin wants to build up your self-image to reflect the truth of who you are. (Spoiler alert- you’re pretty awesome!)

Why would we want to do that?

Because you’re worth it! Your potential is greater and strengths more powerful than you know. Sure, weaknesses and flaws are part of the human psyche. But those do not subtract from all the good in you. They can distort your true self-image, but only if we let them. Start the work toward having a view of yourself by scheduling an appointment with a Thriveworks Franklin therapist or counselor at 617-360-7210.

What Is Self-Image?

In general, your self-image is how you view yourself. It is closely tied to self-esteem- how confident you are in your abilities to perform. Your self-image is probably made up of many different facets. Some of those you might feel pretty highly of yourself (high self-esteem). For other facets, you might think you’re the worse (low self-esteem). Having a good Self-image means being able to honestly and accurately assess yourself on these facets. Usually, people have more of a negative view than they should, and that will be what we focus on in a counseling session. But understanding your weaknesses and learning how to combat them is also important.

Some examples of facets of self-image include how you look, personality, ability to perform well at work, ability to make friends, and so much more!

People who really struggle with their self-image will often assume they’re going to fail at everything, including things they haven’t even tried yet. Or they might think that deep down, something is wrong with them and they’ll never be able to overcome their struggles. It is a lonely battle, and one that can feel truly hopeless.

The good news is, you’re neither alone nor without hope! Thriveworks Franklin has counselors ready to guide you and cheer you on towards a true self-image.

If you’re still not sure if seeing a counselor for self-image is worth it, compare yourself to some of these common symptoms of negative self-image.

  • Fear or lack of desire to try new things
  • Anxiety
  • Self-hatred
  • Laziness
  • Perfectionism
  • Mistakes playing on repeat in your mind
  • Overthinking
  • Depression
  • Negative self-talk
  • Codependency
  • Desire to please others

Self-image can eat away at the joy in so many areas of your life. At its worse, it can begin to impact your physical health. Insomnia, headaches, and fatigue are just the start of the detriments negative self-image can have if not addressed.

What Does Self-Esteem Counseling Look Like?

At Thriveworks Franklin, you will always be put first. Your goals, vision, situation, and personality will determine the course of a session. We are your experienced guides and certainly have many tools we can use to help you on the way. But at the end of the day, the only person who can change you, is you! (We 100% believe you can!)

Some of the tools and practices a Franklin counselor will go over with you and practice might include:

  • Explore the roots of low self-esteem
  • Practice identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones
  • Help you develop self-compassion
  • Make reachable life goals
  • Identify activities that will boost confidence
  • Combat any co-morbid disorders commonly associated with a negative self-image such as depression, anxiety, or eating disorders

Forming a negative self-image takes years of unkind thoughts and too harsh judgements. It’s a habit and has to be broken and replaced like any habit. Counseling for negative self-image isn’t just destroying the negative beliefs you have about yourself; it’s learning how to believe in the good!

Self-image is a slippery slope. One small thought about your weight seems harmless. It might even seem humble. Humility and negative self-image are not the same though. That one thought can snowball into many thoughts, which snowballs into actions, which reinforce the thoughts. Soon, you could be believing all sorts of lies about yourself and stealing the joy from being who you are.

Struggling with a negative self-image is no joke. It’s real and it’s painful. Thriveworks Franklin is here to guide you to a healthier image and freedom from the lies. Start the journey to greater better self-image today by calling 617-360-7210.

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I was pleased with the quick and easy access to services through the Thriveworks website. My own HMO had a long process and wait list during these times of Covid. I chose Jane Eagles to work with because I wanted a mature therapist with lots of experience. She was able to tune right into my situation and my goals for the sessions. She raised great questions for me to consider and always took time to reiterate the main takeaways of our time together. I appreciated her wisdom and clarity as well as her sense of humor.
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I can't speak any more highly of Thriveworks. Mikkah has truly been such an important person in my life since I started coming to therapy. I was skeptical at first, knowing that "the first therapist you see may not be the right 'fit' for you," but I was lucky enough to have immediately clicked with Mikkah. It took a bit of time for me to really open up and start to dig deep in my own emotion, but Mikkah was so patient and made me feel so comfortable. She truly has helped me identify a lot of different things I was feeling, but couldn't understand why. I originally came to therapy for adult ADD, recommended by my PCP, but I used therapy as a healthy outlet to start talking about things I have experienced that has caused my mental clarity to fog. Mikkah has truly been such a savior in my life and I can't express my gratitude I have for her. She is extremely professional but makes me feel so comfortable talking about literally anything - almost like we've been best friends for years, even though I just met her a few short months ago. I am so happy with how my therapy is going and I always leave a session feeling better than how I went in. Thank you Thriveworks and thank you especially to Mikkah! You are incredible!!
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Greg has made a difference in my life , he’s very understanding of what I’ve be through, makes suggestions to help me deal with my anxiety and depression. We are very blessed , to have him as our counselor, these past few years .
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Dr Jane Eagles

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As a close professional colleague for 20 years I have seen Jane Eagles assist many children, adolescents, and families with a variety of life challenges achieve improved health and well being. Dr Jane Eagles is insightful, knowledgable, kind, patient, and helpful. I highly recommend her.
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Dr. Jane Eagles

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Jane is a highly skilled and experienced clinician who has worked with people of all ages. Combined with her empathy, dedication, and respect for those with whom she works, Jane has proven to be extremely effective in helping others work on and achieve their goals. Her professionalism is undisputed and I recommend Jane without any reservation.
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Jane Eagles

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Jane is an experienced, dedicated counselor who has worked with all age groups. Her commitment to whomever she is assisting is exemplary. Her professionalism is of the highest quality; compassion, confidentiality and respect are at the forefront. A wonderful counselor who has my personal and professional admiration.
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Jim Gardner helped me immensely

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Jim helped me get through a rough patch in my life. He has a lot of wisdom from his past and his experience as a gay man. I came to him crying everyday and mopey, and by the end I had really seen a huge change in my overall mental health. I was not in the area for very long and he was excellent at making sure I got as much as possible from my limited number of sessions. I would absolutely recommend him to people in their early twenties struggling with their transition into adulthood as well as anyone struggling with general anxiety and depression. jó, én hiányozni fogom!
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Honest & Supportive

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Jim Gardner helped me through the darkest time in my life. He was direct & honest while being compassionate and supportive. It’s like talking to a life long friend. I felt like I could talk openly without judgement. So thankful for you Jim!
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I wanted to chat to ask a question regarding insurance, a simple one I thought. The chat time said 2 minutes I waited longer and no response. A little discouraged now on getting a therapist.
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Having the pleasure of working with Ralphi, the first word that comes to my mind is comfort. When I think of Ralphi, my heart smiles. She is a talented and experienced therapist who makes every person that comes through her door feel hopeful. I have observed her in action with her clientele, collaborated with her on family therapy, and admire her immense knowledge of the human condition and difficulties. There is always a hopeful path to take in Ralphi's approach to life. Lucky are the clients who have her as their therapist!
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I have been seeing JIM Gardner for quite some time. He is a wonderful counselor who listens and cares. He has been a great help to me with many of my family problems and anxiety.
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Todd Letitia is a great clinician!

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Letitia for over 10 years. He is a skilled clinician and offers his patients support and encouragement. He is a dedicated professional who has many years of experience in the field.
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I've had the pleasure of having Todd as a clinical supervisor and he was great!! He's very knowledgeable, insightful and most importantly he loves what he does. He has always been professional and ethical. Wonderful person to work with.
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Todd Letitia

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Todd Letitia is an amazing clinician. He is extremely easy to talk to and makes you feel welcomed from day one.
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Dr. Greg Handel

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I have experienced Dr. Greg Handel to be a uniquely empathic and sensitive psychologist who brings clarity and hope for the challenges we face in our life journeys. The warmth and confidence that he exemplifies in his interactions distinguish him as a remarkable mental health clinician. All of these positive attributes contribute to the inspiration that allows one to believe that facing challenges and changes is doable. I may not like the thought of changes, but I can see them as less intimidating when reminded of my own strengths and capabilities. Dr. Handel reminds me that although I may need to sharpen them from time to time, I own these tools for success and joy in my life.
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Dr. Gregory Handel

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Dr. Gregory Handel exemplifies the dignity and insight into human behavior that is required to provide caring and lasting help for others. His ability to listen and respond, to disstill often complex problems, and to offer a way forward is a welcome and refreshing approach. It can seem daunting today in our fast paced world to cut through the noise and listen to ourselves and our family and friends. Dr. Handel is someone I trust and I've always appreciated the feedback and support he provides.
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Dr. Handel – Exceptional Character

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Dr. Gregory Handel is not only an exceptional psychologist but is an exceptional human being as well. Always going above and beyond to provide support, care, and love for those in need. This man exemplifies all the right qualities of a counselor, he is patient, listens intently, and is honest, always. No matter what struggle or conflict you may have endure or are enduring, Dr. Greg Handel will always do everything in his power to help you through it. Filled with compassion, empathy, and wisdom, there is no one in the therapeutic industry better qualified.
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