Low self esteem counselling

How to get started

Find the right Psychologist

Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking page or you can call our reception on 1300 161 639.

Personal Matching

We recommend that your first step is an online Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

Fees & rebates

GP Referral

All our psychologists are registered with Medicare, allowing clients with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their GP to receive a substantial rebate.

Note that you do not require a referral from a GP unless you intend to claim a Medicare rebate.

Find out more about MHCP Medicare rebate.

Information for referring GPs

Opening hours

Reception is open:
Mon–Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

Find out more about our counselling hours and appointments.

Phone & video counselling

If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.


See answers to frequently asked questions about our clinics, treatment, EAP, fees and rebates.

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"The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

—Erich Fromm

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What Is Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem, sometimes referred to as self-worth or self-respect, is an important psychological resource and factor for success and satisfaction. Having low self-esteem is associated with feeling defeated or depressed, and can lead to bad choices and tolerating destructive or unhealthy relationships. On the other hand, too much self-esteem can also be off-putting, resulting in an inability to learn from others or an extreme sense of entitlement. This can also be a sign of clinical narcissism, characterised by arrogance, self-centred and manipulative behaviour.

Self-esteem at extreme high and low levels can be harmful, so it is ideal to find a balance where you have a realistic, yet positive view of yourself.

While it is considered relatively stable, self-esteem is not unchangeable. Successes and setbacks, both personal and professional can create fluctuations in our feelings of self-worth. Each individual is different, but research shows that self-esteem rises and falls throughout the lifespan, and tends to grow until the age of 60, when it remains steady before beginning to decline in old age.

What are some of the signs of low self-esteem?




Causes of low self-esteem

There are many contributing factors in an individual’s life that can have a direct effect on one's self esteem. Some of the many causes may include:

When to seek professional assistance

Low self-esteem can be treated and there are a number of effective and specialty treatments available. These well-researched interventions aim to change unhelpful patterns of low self-worth and esteem and improve the person's day-to-day functioning. If you want to increase your self-esteem it is important to challenge and change these beliefs. This might feel like an impossible task, but there are different ways that you can do this with the support of a skilled psychologist.

How Psychology Melbourne can help

The team of experienced psychologists have wide experience in helping people overcome chronic feelings of low self-esteem.


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(main practice)
2/50 Queen Street
Phone 1300 161 639 for all locations
Reception Hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri 8:30 am - 6 pm,  Sat 9 am - 2:30 pm