Psychologist located in Tampa, FL


Improving your self-esteem is a journey that takes time and effort. Working with mental health expert Jeffrey Morris, PsyD, at Morris Therapy Services, PLLC in Tampa, Florida, can be particularly effective in addressing underlying issues and providing guidance on the path to building and maintaining healthy self-esteem. To book a free initial consultation, call or use the online scheduling tool when you’re ready.

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is a fundamental aspect of your emotional and psychological well-being. It refers to your value, respect, and overall perception of yourself. In essence, it's the way you regard your worth and capabilities. 

Healthy self-esteem involves having a balanced and positive self-assessment recognizing your strengths while accepting your limitations. It influences how you think, feel, and behave in various situations and greatly impacts your self-confidence and resilience.

What can affect your self-esteem?

Several factors can influence your self-esteem, including:

Early life experiences

Childhood experiences, particularly those related to praise, criticism, and the level of support and validation you receive, can shape your self-esteem.

Social comparison

Constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling inferior can negatively impact self-esteem.

Successes and failures

Your achievements can boost self-esteem, while perceived failures can lower it.

Body image

How you perceive your physical appearance can significantly impact your self-esteem, especially in a society that often places great emphasis on appearance.


The quality of your relationships and how you’re treated by others can affect your self-esteem.

Cultural and societal influences

Societal standards, cultural norms, and the media can shape your self-perception.

What’s the difference between low and high self-esteem?

Low and high self-esteem represent two ends of the self-esteem spectrum:

Low self-esteem

When you have low self-esteem, you tend to have a negative self-image, doubting your abilities and often feeling unworthy or inferior. You may be highly self-critical, sensitive to criticism from others, and hesitant to take on challenges or assert yourself.

High self-esteem

High self-esteem reflects a more positive self-image. When you have high self-esteem, you tend to have a healthy sense of self-worth and self-confidence and are better equipped to handle life's challenges. You’re more resilient, less affected by criticism, and more willing to take on new opportunities.

What treatments can help my self-esteem?

Improving your self-esteem is a valuable pursuit. Several treatments and strategies that can help include:

  • Therapy
  • Self-reflection
  • Set realistic goals
  • Self-care
  • Seeking support
  • Avoiding negative influences

Low self-esteem can affect your quality of life. Call or book online today to schedule an appointment at Morris Therapy Services, PLLC.