Dr Kaan Alton Inner World Psychology

Private Psychology Services


0208 252 77 40

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Dr Kaan Altan - Clinical Psychologist
Some of the issues I work with
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Coping with low self-esteem & Imposter experience

Do you find yourself holding a negative opinion of yourself? Are you often critical when evaluating your own actions? Struggling to acknowledge your personal progress and growth? Do you feel unworthy of your success? Do you worry that others will see through you and realize you're not as capable as they think?

We all evaluate ourselves and others based on our perceived worth. Self-esteem, the value we place on ourselves, varies from person to person. Negative thinking can lead to low self-esteem, often stemming from critical or negative experiences, especially during vulnerable stages in our youth. Abuse and high-stress events in adulthood can also contribute to low self-esteem. Dealing with low self-esteem and the imposter experience can be daunting, marked by feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Overcoming this involves challenging negative thoughts and beliefs, practising self-compassion, setting realistic goals, and celebrating achievements. Embracing continuous learning and growth can help combat the imposter syndrome, reminding oneself that competence is a process, not a fixed trait. By developing resilience and self-awareness, we can gradually overcome the imposter experience and build genuine self-worth and confidence.

Psychological therapies such as CBT aim to weaken negative self-beliefs, establish, and strengthen more realistic self-beliefs, and encourage self-acceptance.

If you're seeking treatment to improve your self-confidence, please get in touch with me at 0208 252 7740 or message me using the form below to see if I can help.


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